Date:
21 - 26 April, 2019

Location:
Gilwell Park, near London

Campaign Bootcamp is a week-long training residential that supports you to develop the skills, confidence, and community to run a great campaign.

The training brings together 35 new campaigners from across the country (and sometimes from other parts of the world) to learn and build a community together.

In the course of a week, Campaign Bootcamp will take you on a journey through planning and running an effective campaign, giving you space each day to work out how what you have learnt applies to the work you are doing. Each day has a different theme reflecting a different part of your campaign. By the end of the week you should come out with a campaign plan you can take forward for the next year or so.

Applications for Campaign Bootcamp 15 are now closed – but we have two more camps in July and August this year, and applications will open soon! Sign up to our newsletter here to get a notification when that happens.

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Bootcampers

Here's who will be joining us on Bootcamp 15:

Aggie Sibanda

I’m an extrovert, I love meeting people, sharing ideas and learning. I campaign for These Walls Must Fall (Liverpool). I campaign against immigration detention. I believe that no-one is illegal and if you’ve not committed any crime, then why are you being put in prison like conditions??? I also campaign with LARA (Liverpool asylum and refugee association). I fight for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees; things such as proper housing, speaking to local Mp’s and councils to stand with us and sharing our stories to the public to educate and inform.

Alison Little

I am a visual artist and writer based in Liverpool. In addition to my work within the creative sector I help to organise the Reclaim the Night March in Liverpool. My campaign is to change the way in which rape is reported, investigated and convicted by the authorities and the Police Force in particular.

Barbara Bargiel

I have always worked with vulnerable people in my community in various different capacities. Currently I am involved in projects with The Advocacy Project ensuring that service users are treated fairly and access the best support in Hackney and City of London. I am passionate about holding individuals or institutions to account. My campaign aspires to shift the focus away from survivors of familial abuse inflicted by siblings onto the perpetrators who go on to occupy positions of power and authority. I would like to break down the barriers survivors face when attempting to get the justice.

Mohammed Albaz

Enhancing the standards of living of asylum seekers by their hands and experiences via bettering the services which provided to them. I, Mohammed Albaz, 24 year-old activist from Palestine, working with other youth to evaluate organisations services and trying to give feedbacks and recommendations to them. One of main reasons of doing so is that the organisations here are not provide well-service and they do not ask if there is a need to the provided services or not. We, asylum seekers, know how and what we need and will decide it by ourselves.

Calu Lema

I'm a non-binary Latinx activist passionate about LGBTQ+ visibility and representation. I co-founded Queer Newham, an initiative that raises awareness of sexual and gender diversity, and supports the well-being of LGBTQ+ residents in East London. As an intersectional feminist I promote inclusive spaces and work on anti-oppression challenging prejudice and identity based violence. As a facilitator and an artist I have designed journeys for different audiences; encouraging people to connect with themselves and others beyond the labels and the layers of our identities, is at the core of my work.

Darcey Williamson

I am a youth worker who employs a ‘rights-based’ practice through critical informal education. My practice is a catalyst for change, where my role is to support marginalised young people to reflect and act upon the power dynamics and social structures that govern their lives. Young people are often ignored by society or stigmatised as ‘the problem’. Through my practice, I support young people to build grassroots campaigns to challenge these injustices. I also seek to combat the risk of youth work programmes being a form of institutionalisation and discipline, upholding the status quo.

Ella Daish

I am an environmentalist who started campaigning in February 2018 to make all menstrual products plastic-free. My online petition calls on manufacturers and supermarkets to make change happen by eliminating plastic from their period products and packaging. I have learnt so much about plastic pollution during this short time and I’m determined to learn everything about where it comes from, how it negatively impacts the environment and how it can be eradicated. I’m dedicated to raising awareness on this issue and passionate about making the planet a better place for all.

Florence Obadeyi

I am a woman living with HIV. Over the last 19 years I have been involved in campaigning to stop stigma experienced by people living with HIV. Everyone everyone needs to know that U equals U. U=U. Which means that when a person living with HIV is on effective medication they can not pass on HIV as the virus in the body is too little to pass on therefore the person has a undetectable viral load. I want everyone to know this so that the stigma of HIV will hopefully reduce and possibly stop as people will have less fear of HIV.

Gemma Wallace

I work for young people and try to ensure they are heard at all levels to develop a better understanding of whatever issue they are facing or trying to raise awareness of.

Jacqui Haynes

My comrades and I are involved in campaigning for North Kensington and beyond. against the policy allowances that resulted in the Grenfell Fire and all of the issues which exploded as part of this recovery. Environmental, housing, fire safety, community involvement in policy making, legal justice & Human rights advancement.....the list goes on!!

Jack Swan

Three things inspire my activism. The first is frustration when people moan without solutions. The second is watching other people grow. Finally, the conversations I have during campaigns remind me of my own privilege and the need to put it to good use.

Jay Buttigieg

I’m Jay and I’m looking to build accessible spaces for marginalised people, with a focus on creativity and mental wellbeing.

Jola Olafimihan

I campaign for the rights of BME and migrant women and girls at the Angelou Centre, which is a feminist BME women lead charity in the North East. I also advocate for those who are vulnerable are targeted because of their race, gender, and sexuality within our community. I challenge the injustices we face from our social structures, policies, laws, and procedures, demanding change and justice. These are continuously perpetrated against us, abusing and violating our rights and destroying hopes and lives. These policies such as “no recourse to public funds”, “hostile environment.”

Kate Hodkinson

I am passionate about building connections between grassroots movements, grounded in shared solidarity. I founded The People's Film Club, a film collective that encourages conversations about under-discussed issues and raises funds for charities and campaigns. I am an organising member of Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants, and a campaign speaker for Campaign Against the Arms Trade.

Katrina Ffrench

As CEO of StopWatch, I spend everyday campaigning for fair, effective and accountable policing! I absolutely love my job and take great pride in championing the voices of those most impacted by the policing power of stop and search. Whilst it can be challenging to engage with the police, I relish the opportunity to highlight how their conduct impacts on community relations and enjoy providing practicable solutions to address issues. I am excited about partaking in Bootcamp and look forward to meeting new people and developing a range of campaigning skills.

Ken Macharia

Campaign for perception of LGBT+ individuals in Kenya through the removal of anti LGBT+ laws and change of social attitudes, also campaigning against the ill treatment of asylum seekers in the UK. To get the UK to implement the very nice policies they have on paper.

Kiki Bustos

I am a recent psychology graduate passionate about changing attitudes in our culture around mental health. I believe if we all felt comfortable to talk about our emotional health, mental health overall would improve and people would feel less alone and more empowered to seek help. I'm also a fitness instructor and football coach. I love helping people feel good about themselves, through exercise.

Lesley Illingworth

I am Lesley Illingworth visual artist and disability campaigner. I am attending the 15 Bootcamp to join with and learn how other people are addressing their campaign experiences. Then to make plans and begin to create, develop and market an educational online experience pack firstly for Members of Parliament to learn about Institutionalised Disability Oppression. To help to address and call out the oppressions occuring within our institutions in society in 2019.

Méfi Diallo

I am a black queer woman originally from France but living in Brighton since 2014. I am passionate about writing and consider myself as an intersectional feminist. Poetry/spoken word is a way for me to express and explore my views which I share during queer events. My campaign is a response to systemic racism present within queer communities but barely addressed. The aim is to create awareness and PoC support by building an online community compound of PoC and allies. #nomorewhiteignorance

Mich Bradshaw

I am a feminist that is passionate about equality, peer support and helping others through adversity. I campaign for a better life for the future that I leave for my daughter and dedicate my time to sharing mine and others experiences of engaging in mental health support or services.

Michelle Ezeuko

My name is Michelle Ezeuko and I campaign for migration issues and specifically against the hostile environment in the UK. I have been campaigning about this for 5 years now. I have since been a youth rights trainer (training professionals about the immigration system from a young migrants perspective, spoken on the BBC about the hostile environment and spoken in parliament about the immigration high fees. I am also campaigning for the first national memorial commemorating the souls lost to the transatlantic slave trade we currently have a space in Hyde park but need to raise 4 million pounds.

Nadia Hafedh

I'm Nadia and much of my activism focuses on the Decolonising Academia movement, I am passionate about reimagining academia and empowering students to challenge staff members on a variety of topics from eurocentric curriculums to racism in the classroom. I'm also part of a couple of research collectives where we look at injustices both domestically and globally. I campaign on a variety of issues, from gentrification to racism, and am passionate about working collectively with others to dismantle systems of oppression in all the spaces I engage in.

Nancy Mukoro

Hi, my name is Nancy and without doubt I'm passionate about social justice and change, specifically as it relates to the workplace. I've a history of campaigning for workplace justice ie matters that negatively effect and impact vulnerable groups of individuals within the workplace eg campaigns relating to migrant workers and their right to sick pay, holidays & pensions, dignity at work campaigns, as well as campaigns relating to race, disability & gender equality. I'm very much looking forward to Bootcamp 15, meeting other campaigners & putting into practice what I will have learnt.

Pauline Ankunda

I'm a student, intersectional feminist and activist. I campaign for Memorial 2007 to erect the first national memorial commemorating the victims of the Translantic slave trade in Britain.

Raj Prashar

I try to raise awareness of the fact that racism impacts the health, well-being, and even the lives of some people. I would like to establish active groups where BAME people can come together and talk freely about their experiences, while being supported at the same time. I hate injustice, and one of my biggest passions is the fight for equality and justice for all. My own experiences have led me to work with others at challenging and overcoming the rise of race-based inequalities.

Robin Nelson

I'm Robin, a university student from Leeds. I'm currently studying International Relations and Peace Studies and I volunteer in my spare time. I am passionate about my local community and campaigning for equality. I particularly campaign on environmental issues, transgender rights and LGBT+ rights in general.

Robin Wells

I campaign on climate change. I organise with groups such as Reclaim the Power and use my YouTube channel 'This is Not a Drill with Poppy and Robin', to encourage people to take action. Why? Earth is the basis of any and every project of value we have, and it is necessary if we want to survive. But our collective home is in desperate need of care and repair. So, we must act.

Sagar Sumaria

I am a raw vegan, yoga loving advocate. I am very passionate about maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. I am born of the Jain faith, which at its core its belief is Ahimsa (peace, non-violence) to all beings. I make efforts to live in this way throughout my life. I am advocate and campaign for industrial hemp and medical Cannabis, due to the potential of its huge positive impact for the planet and society. I have taken positions of influence within several networks so as to broaden my network and understand other narratives. I enjoy watching the Two Ronnies and all Carry On movies.

Samar Khan

I am a second generation British Pakistani that recently graduated in physics and philosophy. I am motivated by alleviating the segregation along racial and gender lines in and between communities in the same city. I am surveying the extent to which integration is valuable, required and possible.

Sirumpa Waranon

I am an art therapist working with children and teenagers. I care about nature and love plants, trees and flowers. I like walking in the park and and spending time in the kitchen when I am free. Recently, I am interested about "minimalist".

Sulafa AlShami

I work for Crisis Action, an advocacy and campaigns organization working to protect civilians from armed conflict by coordinating NGO action on a global level. I am based in Beirut, Lebanon and work primarily on our Yemen campaign, focusing on amplifying local voices from the ground and elsewhere.

Tom Maidment

I am an activist engineer primarily campaigning on climate change, although I am also passionate about reducing the factors that disproportionately disadvantage young people in rural communities and getting more people into STEM. I am part of Fossil Free Coventry and Technical Director of E.Mission, a group working to help people understand the carbon footprint of their food and give them the tools to reduce it.

Tobi Adebajo

I am a community focused artist/activist and my campaigning looks like creating safe, accessible spaces - specifically for QTIBPOC and Dis/abled black and brown folx. As a disabled, queer single parent, my first hand experiences of disenfranchisement and lack of access to resources needed for survival in an inaccessible world motivates my passion for uplifting voices and bodies that would be otherwise overlooked / unseen / unheard. I work within the communities I exist in and perform for, holding events and workshops that I hope are empowering for all who attend. "

Zeeshan Saeed

I am a campaigner based in Manchester campaigning for an end to detention. I am part of the These Walls Must Fall group in Manchester.

Zunaira Malik

Hi, I'm Zunaira! I've been a campaigner since I was a teenager. I'm keen to explore ways environmental messaging can be made more relatable for all people, linking to social issues like race and poverty and building intersectional movements. I love exploring the different values people hold, identifying alternative narratives and celebrating diversity as this is what makes us so interesting...obviously! During my 9-5 I can be found in a school or having fun at our camps working with the next generation of future conservationists. In my free time, you might just find me on a mountain somewhere!

Trainers

Meet the Trainers for Bootcamp

Nim Ralph

Lead Trainer

Nim Ralph is a community activist, trainer and facilitator. Nim has held a number of strategic roles in the anti-racist, LGBTQI, women’s and disability sectors. They co-founded QTIPOC London, Purple Rain Collective and are an inaugural member of the Edge Fund. Previous to this they co-founded So We Stand; an organisation linking environmental, social and racial justice in the UK. This won Nim an Olive Morris Memorial Award for activism and they were named a Guardian “Youth Climate Leader”. They also play the drums and love to lip-sync battle.

Kahra Wayland-Larty

Making videos with your smartphone

Kahra’s background was in youth work before moving into diverse campaigns and digital comms roles at 38 Degrees, Global Jusice Now and for the Progressive Alliance campaign in the 2017 general election. She is currently Senior Policy Officer at Youth Access where she works to make sure young people’s voices are heard in decisions about the mental health system.

Kat Sladden

Messaging

Kat is an activist, campaigns consultant and the founder of WeHuddle, a community to support and inspire women leading campaigns. She is currently supporting the survivors and bereaved families of the Grenfell Tower fire through campaign group, Grenfell United, which fights for justice and change. She also works with Grenfell Speaks which is an organisation that was set up to make sure the media is covering the tragedy responsibly, and also helps survivors engage with the media.

Faizan Fiaz

Making videos with your smartphone

Faizan is an award-winning video journalist and a communications consultant who has worked with international news organisations such as the Associated Press Television News, BBC World and the New York Times, as well as local charities such as Age UK and Imaan.

James Robertson

Trainer

James is an activist, freelance trainer, facilitator and music producer. He currently co-leads NEON's Movement Builders training and outside of this works primarily on helping groups develop strategy, framing, decision making processes. Previously he developed strategy and governance for NUS, evaluated campaign impact for Jubilee Debt Campaign, managed the Campaign and Democracy Support department at Leeds University Students’ Union and co-founded New Internationalist Campaigners – a subsidiary of New Internationalist Media co-op.

Rif Sharif

Mediator and Trainer

Experienced Mediator and Trainer Rif will join us at Bootcamp to lead training on conflict resolution and group dynamics, as well as providing support to the trainers and facilitators on camp.

Facilitator Team

Here is the team that will support small group reflection and real life scenario practice at Bootcamp:

Tamara-Jade Kaz

Lead Facilitator

Tamara-Jade is the Lead Facilitator on camp, and this will be her 11th time working on the residential programme. Outside of Bootcamp, Tamara-Jade is an in-house trainer at the Black feminist gendered violence-focused organisation Imkaan. She also freelances as a social action trainer and facilitator supporting a range of groups, from grassroots to larger NGOs, to have difficult conversations about strategy, putting intersectional politics into practise and about power. Tamara-Jade also is an illustrator and graphic recorder.

Joshua Virasami

Facilitator

Joshua is an artist, writer and political organiser whose work intersects across political struggles. He has been involved in various movements including Occupy and Black Lives Matter. Joshua has spent time studying and travelling abroad to learn and understand more about radical political traditions, for example in Balochistan, Kurdistan and Mauritius where his family hails from. He uses writing, film, music and direct action to educate, agitate and organise toward social change. Joshua is an experienced facilitator and this will be his fifth time facilitating at Bootcamp.

Nonhlanhla Makuyana

Facilitator

Activist and artist Nonhlanhla graduated from Bootcamp 10. She is currently working on building youth engagement with Positive Money, a campaigning organisation which is working towards a fairer, more sustainable and democratic economy. Nonhlanhla has a passion for educating and giving young people a platform to become active agents in shaping society for the better, and ensuring that people of colour have a voice in economic debates.

Rowan Kinchin

Facilitator

Brought to organising through the climate justice movement, Rowan has worked with activist legal support organisation Green and Black Cross for many years. They built that legal knowledge into Sisters Uncut to help the fight against cuts to domestic violence services, and now help coordinate a network of campaigners against one of the world's biggest arms fairs. They love tea and making comics.

Grace Jeremy

Trainer

Grace has been working as an activist, advocate and educator for a decade, with a background in mental health, disability and youth rights. She has held positions with multiple mental health organisations and movements. Grace’s activism focusses mainly on tackling the social determinants of poor mental health, seeing mental health as something that is cultural, political and social, not just medical. Graduating from Bootcamp 10, Grace is passionate about ensuring that activism is accessible to everyone. When she isn’t campaigning you can find her painting and looking after plants.

Operations Team

Here is the team that will be running camp behind the scenes, making sure sessions go smoothly and everyone has everything they need:

Syriah Bailey

Community Coordinator

Bailey is a Campaign Bootcamp 14 grad, arts assessor and creative programmer who has supported queer and trans communities in cities such as Seattle, Toronto and London. At the root of Bailey's work lies campaigning and activism for social equity through three themes: programming and evaluation, art activism and mentorship, education and inclusion. Prior to Campaign Bootcamp Bailey worked with the Arts Council England, Roundhouse, Girls Rock Toronto and Three Dollar Bill Cinema.

Jade Rogers

Programmes Coordinator

Jade has worked for a range of organisations including The Challenge, O2 Think Big and most recently as a Programme Manager for London Football Journeys, where she managed the young women and girls programme that promotes gender equality in football. Prior to this she spent six months volunteering in Kenya and Cambodia, mentoring entrepreneurs to start their own business and supporting young children in rural communities. Jade is passionate about LGBT rights and social integration and enjoys organising music events in her spare time to raise awareness for various causes.

Tara Mack

Head of UK Programmes

Tara Mack is the former Director of the Education for Liberation Network, a national education justice network in the US. She helped start the organisation, developing it from an informal listserv of a few hundred people to a national network that connected more than 2,000 through convenings, publications, social media and resource exchanges. Before becoming director, she organised arts and media projects for low-income teens in New York and London. Tara works across programmes.

Sophie Yates Lu

Programme Manager

Prior to joining Campaign Bootcamp, Sophie worked at Positive Money in Campaigns and Fundraising. Sophie has a background is in team management, operations, and events, gained in the corporate sector before leaving to work in not-for-profit sector. A keen feminist campaigner, she has also worked with 38 Degrees, is a Survivor Ambassador for Refuge, and has sat on an advisory panel for Women's Aid. She has also organised a number of free non-profit community events in London, including an intersectional feminist festival.

What Will I Learn at Bootcamp?

What is a residential like?

The Campaign Bootcamp residential is a reflective and experiential training space. This means lots of time to think about your own campaigning, to learn from other people, and to try out new things supported by our training team and campaigners from across many different movements. 

We see Campaign Bootcamp as a space for new campaigners, as well as those who have grassroots experience and are looking for a space in which to reflect on and renew their campaigning. If you’re not sure if it’s for you, just drop us a line on [email protected], and we can talk it through with you.

What do we cover?

  • Getting to know each other: Introductions to Bootcamp and each other; setting expectations for the week
  • How to strategise your campaign: You will have the opportunity to try out tools to make your campaign more effective and strategic
  • Setting your direction: Clarifying your campaign’s values; exploring who holds power; identifying goals, objectives, strategies and targets
  • How to work in your group: We will give you tools and ideas to build your campaign collective and keep it happy
  • Who’s involved?: Analysing the strengths and weaknesses of your campaign team; showing care for yourself and your team; how to bring people on board (and retain them)
  • How to reach other people: We will spend time thinking through who you are trying to target and how to reach them effectively – including how to make a viral campaign video!
  • Your campaigning story: Storytelling for campaigning; setting boundaries in storytelling
  • Constructing your message: Communicating your campaign; interacting with the media; interview skills
  • Getting your message out there: Creating social media content; making viral campaign videos with your phone
  • How to sustain ourselves while campaigning
  • … and much, much more!

We will create a space to remind people to have fun while they campaign – this will include creative activities and external campaigners and speakers. Throughout the week you’ll get to hear stories from experienced campaigners to spur you on! See more about Bootcamp’s curriculum and training style here.

By the end of the week the aim is for you to have lots of practical tools and ideas that you can apply to your campaigning and for you to be part of a strong community of campaigners from whom you can draw support after the residential is over.

Costs & scholarships

There are two types of place at Bootcamp, a Scholarship place and a Paid place. Most people attend on a Scholarship place, which covers up to the full cost of the Bootcamp experience (although we do ask everyone to make a contribution of some kind if they can). The training fee, accommodation, food and travel can all be covered by the scholarship. To apply, just tick the appropriate box(es) on the application form, and we do the rest! Paid places are for people who work in campaigning at an NGO. We offer a sliding scale based on the organisation's income. The price includes accommodation and food.

Scholarship places

For people not working in campaigning

£0 - £3,600

You pay what you can afford

Paid places

For people working in campaigning

£550 fee

For organisations with income from £50,000 - £200,000

£1,650 fee

For organisations with income from £200,000 - £800,000

£3,600 fee

For organisations with income over £800,000

Scholarships available for Bootcamp 15

Greenpeace Scholarship

This scholarship is for environmental activists in the UK, and is funded by the Greenpeace Environmental Trust.

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Susan Cook Scholarship for Disabled Activists

This scholarship for UK disabled activists was established by Bootcamp alumni Susan Cook, and is funded by the John Ellerman Foundation. The scholarship can include support for access costs.

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Scholarship for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

This scholarship is for refugees and asylum seekers based in the UK, campaigning on any issue, and funded by the Ben & Jerry's Foundation.

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Bertha Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship can support activists based in the UK, working in two different areas: Housing and Arts/Media for Social Change.

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James Gary Aspinall Scholarship

This scholarship is for working class campaigners from Merseyside. It is named in honour of James Aspinall, who died during the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

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Scholarship for Migrants

This scholarship is for migrants (including refugees and asylum seekers) based in the UK who campaign on any issue. Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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Trust for London Scholarship

This scholarship is for campaigners focused on inequality in London, funded by the Trust for London.

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Scholarship for LGBTQ+ people

We have scholarships available for people who identify as LGBTQ+

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Scholarship for Policing and Criminal Justice Campaigners

We have scholarships available for policing and criminal justice campaigners.

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Scholarship for Young Campaigners

This scholarship is for young campaigners aged 18 - 21 years old, funded by Unicef.

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Scholarship for BAME and POC

We have scholarships available for BAME / POC living outside of London.

General Scholarships

We have a range of general scholarships available for Women (Cis and Trans), non-binary and other marginalised genders, Care Leavers, Policing and Criminal Justice campaigners, BAME / POC living outside of London and LGBTQ+ people.

FAQs

How does the application process work?

The application process has two stages. The first is a written application form that will ask you about yourself, your experience, why you want to come to Campaign Bootcamp and couple of short questions to help us understand your potential as a campaigner. If we think you’re a good match for Bootcamp we’ll invite you to a Skype or phone interview.

The interview will be about 20 minutes long and will be with two members of our Bootcamp selection team. We’ll ask you more about yourself and what you want to do with the skills you’ll learn at Bootcamp.

What do you look for in applicants?

We believe that campaigning works best when those directly experiencing an issue are the ones to decide how to confront it, so we love to train up ambitious campaigners who advocate for their own communities.

We believe that you can never be too old to campaign and encourage activists of all ages to apply (though you have to be over 18!).

We make an effort to centre those from marginalised backgrounds across the board at Bootcamp. We want to train up those less likely to have access to great training elsewhere.

We’re interested in your ambition and experience in activism, whether that’s in a community setting or a more formal NGO one. We also want to know how our training might impact your campaign work. Bootcamp isn’t about what qualifications you have, it’s about having the drive to make a change! If that sounds like you, Campaign Bootcamp awaits!

When is the deadline to apply?

The deadline to apply for Bootcamp 15 is 9am on Monday 18th February 2019.

How do I pay for Bootcamp?

Most people who come on Bootcamp come on a scholarship. This means that up to the whole cost of the week (the training, accommodation, meals and sometimes travel) is covered by external funding. We encourage everyone to contribute what they can to the cost of the training.

It’s easy to apply for a scholarship – you simply tick the box on the application form. We work hard to make Bootcamp as accessible as possible to campaigners from all walks of life, and our scholarships aim to reflect the value we place on diversity. You’ll be considered for all the scholarships for which you are eligible. A list of the scholarships available can be found by scrolling down on this page.

People who work for NGOs pay for some or all of their place on Bootcamp – this is usually funded by the NGO they work for. The breakdown is:

Annual budget of NGO         Cost of Bootcamp per person

£600,000 or more                   £3,600

£200,000 – £600,000             £1,650

Under £200,000                     £550 or less

I don't live in the UK, can I come on Bootcamp?

If you live outside the UK and work for a big organisation (such as Oxfam or Greenpeace) that will pay for your place and your travel, then you can apply for Bootcamp.

For Bootcamp 15, we do not have scholarships for people living outside the UK.

I don't think I'm eligible for a scholarship, can I still apply?

If you don’t think you are eligible for any of the scholarships and you don’t work for an NGO, you can apply under our General Scholarship (as long as you live in the UK). This is extra funding we’ve secured to cover additional scholarships for people. If we think you’d be great for Bootcamp, then we’ll try and find a way to secure your place. Just tick ‘None of these apply, but I’d still like a scholarship, please!’ on the application form.

I work for an NGO but I don't think they will be able to pay for my place on Bootcamp, can I still apply?

Get in touch! We’ll help communicate to your employer the impact that attending Bootcamp can have, and why they should send you!

I campaign outside of work, but work for a large NGO who won't pay for my place. Can I apply for a scholarship?

Unfortunately, not right now. We’re working on more funding streams, but at the moment if you work for a large NGO in any capacity, then they would have to pay for your Bootcamp place.

However, we recommend getting in touch! We’ll help communicate to your employer the impact that attending Bootcamp can have, and why they should send you!

Where does Bootcamp take place?

The Bootcamps for 2019 will take place at Gilwell Park. Gilwell Park is a training and events venue with onsite, hotel-style accommodations located deep in Epping Forest. It is easy to get to from London (only a short drive from Chingford Station). Highlights include:

  • Beautiful, tranquil location and training spaces
  • A rural environment only a stone’s throw from London
  • Good wheelchair accessibility
  • Onsite mosque and other places of worship
  • Experienced catering staff that can accommodate a wide variety of dietary requirements
  • Short distance to local shops
  • Onsite bar and cafe (for when you need a break!)

Is Bootcamp only for Londoners?

No, not at all! Bootcampers come from all over the UK and sometimes beyond. We offer travel bursaries for any UK Bootcampers who need them.

Where do I stay on Bootcamp?

Everyone coming on Bootcamp stays on site, in either a shared or single hotel-style room. We have breakfast, lunch and dinner on site every day and use indoor and outdoor space for our training.

I have special dietary requirements. Will there be something for me to eat on Bootcamp?

Yes, we cater to most dietary requirements, however we do ask that these are allergies/intolerances or life choices (vegan, halal etc.) rather than simple food preferences.

Is Bootcamp accessible?

We strive to make Bootcamp as accessible as possible. The Bootcamp venues are accessible for wheelchair users, and we will work one-on-one with you and the venue to try and meet any other requirements you may have. If you have any concerns or questions about accessibility just get in touch.

I want a job in campaigning, will Bootcamp make that happen?

Our mission is to train a new generation of campaigners, and lots of Bootcamp graduates end up working in campaigning. However, we are not a recruitment agency and our mission is not to get people jobs in campaigning; it’s to support campaigners to choose the best path for themselves and their communities.

Anything else?

If you’ve got a question that hasn’t been answered here, then get in touch and we’ll do our best to give you an answer!