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13 - 18 October, 2019
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 powerful 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 are now closed.
Want to make sure that Bootcamp is right for you? Scroll down to learn more about our training…
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 and 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.
For people not working in campaigning
£0 - £3,600
You pay what you can afford. What you can offer will not affect your application to Bootcamp.
For people working in campaigning
For organisations with income from £50,000 - £200,000
For organisations with income from £200,000 - £800,000
For organisations with income over £800,000
Scholarships available for Bootcamp 17
Full or partial scholarships available to people who don't campaign as part of their paid work.
Scholarships for Migrants Fighting the Hostile Environment
This scholarship is for migrants (including refugees and asylum seekers) based in the UK who are campaigning on issues surrounding the hostile environment, and is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.Read More
Scholarships for Environmental Campaigners
These scholarships are for environmental activists in the UK, and is funded by the Greenpeace Environmental Trust.Read More
Scholarships for Campaigning on Inequality in London
This scholarship is for campaigners focused on inequality in London, and is funded by the Trust for London.Read More
Scholarships for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
This scholarship is for refugees and asylum seekers based in the UK, campaigning on any issue, and is funded by the Ben & Jerry's Foundation.Read More
Scholarships for BAME and POC campaigners outside of London
These scholarships are for BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) / POC (People of Colour) campaigners living outside of London, and is funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.Read More
Scholarships for Young People aged 18-25
We have scholarships for campaigners between the ages of 18-25, focussed on any campaign issue. This is funded by the Blagrave Trust.
Scholarship for Housing Justice Campaigners
Bertha Foundation Scholarship for Housing Justice Campaigners This scholarship can support activists based in the UK campaigning on housing justice, including campaigning around council housing, renters rights, housing for refugee and asylum seekers, rent caps, eviction resistance, and more.
Scholarships for Arts/Media for Social Change
Bertha Foundation Scholarship: Arts/Media for Social Change This scholarship is for campaigners based in the UK using arts and/or media for social change. Applicants can be campaigning on any issue, as long as they use creative arts or media in their campaigning - including but not limited to arts and crafts, theatre, film and/or TV, and photography.
Campaign Bootcamp Scholarship for Care Experienced Campaigners
We have scholarships available for campaigners who are Care Experienced, who are campaigning on any issue (the term Care Experienced refers to someone who has spent time in foster or residential care, or in other arrangements outside their immediate or extended family before the age of 18).Read More
Scholarships for LGBTQ+ campaigners
Campaign Bootcamp LGBTQ+ Scholarship We have scholarships available for people who identify as LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer), campaigning on any issue.
Scholarship for Anti-Hate Campaigners
Campaign Bootcamp Scholarship for Anti-Hate Campaigners We have scholarships for anti-hate campaigners. This can include but is not limited to campaigners tackling racism, Islamophobia, Antisemitism, Transphobia and Homophobia.
Campaign Bootcamp General Scholarships
We have a range of general scholarships available for women (cis and trans), non-binary people and other marginalised genders, campaigners who didn't go through higher education, BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) / POC (People of Colour) campaigners, disabled campaigners, working class campaigners, and those living outside of London and the South East. If you don't fit one of these categories it doesn't mean we won't accept your application or be able to fund your place - so please do apply.
Meet the campaigners and activists joining us at Bootcamp this Autumn!
I am a father, an ex police officer turned policing critic, an agitator, an abolitionist and a mental health advocate. My campaigning is primarily focused around issues of institutional racism within the police, police brutality, deaths in custody, stop and search, knife crime, and state violence, but also racism more broadly. I am a writer, speaker, and educator offering a critical analysis of whiteness in Britain. I have a passion for reimagining justice and using my privilege and platform to amplify and empower marginalised voices that are often silenced.
I'm a London based activist seeking to make change regarding youth mental health both systemically and culturally. I co-founded the campaign CrazyTalk, a youth led radical mental health campaign which seeks to address issues such as poor training, hostile environments and long waiting lists within the schools/universities as well as the healthcare system. I believe that the only solution to the mental health crisis is to change the entire system whilst encouraging more open discussion within different communities. I am also involved in several climate change and affordable housing campaigns.
I am Akli. I arrived to the UK almost 4 years ago and had to go through the asylum system and experience the hostile environment first-hand. I have taken part in many initiatives aimed at getting more refugees and asylum seekers and other people with precarious immigration status to be the ones at the centre of the discussion about migrants. Currently I co-run a focus group for asxlum seekers and refugees to talk about our experiences and empower each other. I believe that the hostile environment won't end until we are at the centre of the conversation about migration.
I'm Anna! I'm the founder of Missing Numbers, a project about the data the government does not collect. My background is as a web developer and data scientist. I've previously worked on multiple projects investigating land ownership, and I'm an advisor to Tax Justice UK. I'm also interested in building inclusive organisations, and how campaigns use technology.
Hey Aza or Chris here, a Grassroots activist, trying to provide better housing solutions for rough sleepers in Luton with a non-profit organisation called Keystage Housing. Keystage has been funded with the somewhere safe to stay initiative and we are really passionate to help individuals move on to permanent housing solutions. I have previously campaigned with Warwick Anti Racism Society, and would like to focus more on the politics of Asylum. My main motivation is true Liberation, by dismantling the systems which judge living beings' worth through the canon of economic value surplus.
I'm Eurasian-Australian, moved to London in 2004, and now a peer counselling skills trainer for an NHS-funded project. After countless experiences of sexual harassment and assault since childhood (often racialised), several rapes, and unsuccessful attempts to get justice in Australia, Norway and the UK, I commenced campaigning in May 2019 to raise awareness of how victims of rape are being failed by our social infrastructures, and not just by the so-called justice system. Destigmatising victimhood and normalising conversations about male sexual violence and trauma are central to my campaigning
I am a Law graduate and a very passionate human rights activist. Currently I am focusing most of my energy into highlighting the continuous exploitation and maltreatment of well educated and capable refugees by various organisations and employers.I believe there is a great number refugees that I would prefer to term as 'forced migrants', that have been 'conditioned' instead of being supported to progress and develop.I want to see in the near future many 'forced migrants' getting well deserved & equal opportunities,education and deserving jobs in which they will be treated with maximum respect.
I’m an activist focused on housing as a fundamental human right. My campaigning work ranges from issues such as fire and structural safety in tower blocks, to fighting the stigma of council housing. Having experienced homelessness and displacement myself, I am deeply passionate about what I do. I write a blog, focused particularly on research and investigations I’ve carried out to hold authorities to account. I’m a mum of three little girls who I am raising to be strong, bold and fearless!
I am a 22 year old pedagogy student from germany. My activism is mostly about anti racism and empowerment. I am an artist who draws and writes poems.
If you are a lover of the environment in this era, your heart must be breaking a little - mine is. There have been daunting scientific reports about biodiversity loss and the climate crisis. Chief among the (unaddressed) underlying causes of our planet’s unease is our unprecedented numbers. I work with Population Matters because it draws the crucial link between environmental conservation and women’s rights, for which I'm impassioned. I get to raise awareness about, and campaign for women’s agency - which is still deemed unimportant in many societies, while saving the planet at the same time.
I'm Farina and I am a visible volunteer for Hidayah. I run social events in Bristol for people who identify as LGBTQI+ and are Muslim or come from a Muslim background. Using Hidayah as a platform, my aim is to provide a safe space where LGBTQI+ Muslims can feel validated and provide an opportunity for them to be their true selves. Being a visible member is extremely important for others to know we exist and we have a space to be in this world. It also means should they wish to take that step of being visible themselves, they can see that person reflected in society.
I'm Godwin, a Nigerian living in the UK with my family (wife & kids). I'm a law (LLB) graduate, currently an asylum seeker, meaning I've no right to work, my skill regardless. Before fleeing my country I was gainfully employed and had my personal business that was doing well plus being a published author and poet. I would say the harshness of laws applying to asylum seekers in the UK is only next to hell and is more than enough to provoke giants in any man who dreams. My quest is to see that government changes this unjust law. No doubt, Campaign Bootcamp is a sure boost to my mission.
I have over 20 years of leading positive social change and raising awareness of social issues through the culture of Hip Hop and passion for the environment and conservation. I use my love for music and nature to campaign around issues of global food security, local food growing systems, pollution, diversity (race, gender and class) to entertain and educate. Examples weave together to form the rich tapestry that is the community-led food growing space May Project Gardens ww.mayproject.org and my award winning program Hip-Hop Garden.
Neuro-diverse N.B/Q single parent with mix-dis+Ability. LGBTQIA inclusive feminist, activist, campaigner, peer advocate & Survivor ambassador across media & APPG's for the Domestic Abuse Bill. I have passionately campaigned for; Safe Escape, Housing & Refuge Funding for Survivors of abuse, Ending CPS hostile policy, Mental Health Care & Advocacy For Survivors, End 'tampon tax', Ending hostile state; NRPF & detention centres, Equal Pay, Affordable Childcare, LGBTQIA, Migrant, POC/BAME &R, mix-dis+Ability Human Rights, Respect for our Identities and Equality in our Differences.
I'm Jodie! I am passionate about ending imprisonment in all its forms and working towards a new system of justice that works for everyone. I currently work part time in the Campaigns team at Women in Prison and am due to begin an MSc alongside this in Criminal Justice Policy at LSE. Alongside this, I volunteer as a Young Adult Advisor on the Criminal Justice System with Leaders Unlocked, helping to run user voice workshops in prisons and community settings. I also volunteer as a Family Befriender at PACT.
I am Jwan from Kurdistan. Currently, I am a PhD research student in Sheffield Hallam University. My main interest is in environmental campaigning, specifically in wildlife conservation. My ambition is to develop and implement a framework for the protection of wildlife and natural habitats in my home country. My approach to wildlife conservation is from a social science perspective, through education and cultural change to bring a shift in behaviour. For my research to be of benefit, I must focus on campaigning, as I believe ecological change must come from the people.
My name is Lois from Cheshire. As a Romani individual I work within GRT (Gypsy Roma Traveller) Rights. I work with Traveller Pride in providing support and representation of LGBT+ GRT people, a creation by the community for the community, representing a wide variety of the GRT community including: Irish Travellers, Bhajees, Showmen, Roma, and British Romanichals.
I am Maria, from Warsaw (Poland). I have been involved in activism for few years now, including urban, climate and social justice activism. Now I work in Akcja Demokracja, where I campaigning on various topics, like climate, anti-facism or go-out-the-vote campaign. I am a cheerful person, I learn fast and get very enthusiastic about things.
Hi! I'm Marya and I'm from a small city called Peterborough. My background is primarily youth work, working with young people of diverse backgrounds, ages and levels of opportunities. I wish to create an overall shift in the opportunities for disadvantaged young people in my home-city. Peterborough is now one of five cities receiving national government support around integration, so this is a crucial time for voices to be heard about what services and opportunities should be available to young people. The end goal is to work towards creating meaningful and sustainable change.
I am a mature student in Design at Goldsmith's University, that believes in the power of community effort, creativity and cultural knowledge as means of subverting injustices and reinstating people with the agency to enrich their lives. With experience in campaigning on projects such as reclaiming a local playground from housing association's sales list, and working with children inflicted by the Grenfell fire to produce a play to express their concerns with a Brexit theme.
Muzna Al-Naib is a Syrian activist and artist. She lived in Damascus during the revolution and was involved in peaceful activism on the ground. Since coming to the UK in 2014, Muzna has been advocating for the protection of civilians in Syria and for the freedom of all those who have been forcibly disappeared. She has an MA in Media and International Development. Muzna is a partner at Superpower Partners, a non-profit that specializes in the art of activism.
I am Naè, a black LGBTQI+ asylum seeker from Nigeria,who is very passionate about campaigning/raising awareness on issues important to me: I believe in the power & potential of educating a woman.Campaigning for a better life &future for the girl child is my focus.As a survivor,creating safe platforms for other survivors of sexual violence to speak out,support each other &engage back to society.Ill-treatment of asylum seekers,notably the LGBTQI+ who constantly face discrimination,a hostile environment &the culture of disbelief.Fair treatment,improved living &reform of the UK immigration system.
I'm Rebecca, and I work with young people with lived experience to fight mental health discrimination as part of my role at Time to Change. I strongly believe that everyone should have access to timely, free, high quality mental health treatment, and am interested in strengthening support networks to challenge social isolation and loneliness. In a personal capacity I care about healthy relationships education, and elevating young people's voices.
I am a campaigner in the Youth Strike for Climate Brighton team, currently preparing for the global climate strike. I work as a youth worker with disabled young people and am particularly interested in youth empowerment in relation to the climate crisis.
I am working to set up a community cinema which aims to promote cultural representation and tackle social isolation. I am also working on a campaign to promote organ donation awareness among the BAME community.
So, I am a Human Rights and Legal Studies LLM student. I am interested in the issue of refugee adoption vs kinship rights. I am a voluntary Children's Champion for UNICEF. I am also building a campaign about refugee adoption. So far I have done campaign advocacy for refugee mother's and this is ongoing work. Finally I recently joined the trustee group for WASDEV, a relatively new organisation with women action for sustainable development in mind.
Samah Bushra Ahmed
I work in the social sector supporting / advocating for vulnerable groups in the community. I worked in the refugee field for several years in charities, local government, and I volunteer. I am originally from Sudan. I studied Social Science and later on I studied International Development. I am a founder and director for a small community interest organisation that works for refugees in UK and overseas. I am also a freelance writer and trainer. I am advocate by nature, this makes me glad that I have this skill to make positive change in the lives of people who need advocacy.
I campaign for social justice and climate justice issues and believe that the two go hand in hand. My campaigning looks at the intersectionality of the relationships between climate and gender equality and all the complexities. I currently work with the Women's Environmental Network as a Coordinator. I have also been campaigning with My Fair London and the Equality Trust, working on putting an equality manifesto together ahead of the upcoming elections. I am a member of the Ella Baker School of Community Organizing and am a graduate from the Training on Transformation UK programme.
I'm an activist for marginalised voices in the community, that's where my passion lies. I'm one of the Co-founders of Kiki Bristol, a LGBTQ+ people of colour social group. I'm also work for Gloucestershire Football Association as their inclusion and diversity board. I'm a panel member for Bristol city council as the BAME LGBTQ+ representative. I support Queer sports and trying to set up a Queer, trans and non binary football session and gym in the city. For my full time job I work with LGBT+ over 50s, working around isolation loneliness and training staff in Bristol to work with older LGBT+.
I am the Campaign and Youth Engagement Officer at an organisation called Savera UK. Savera UK supports those at risk of honour based abuse and harmful practices and also campaigns to eradicate harmful traditions such as forced marriage and female genital mutilation. I am passionate about empowering young people to speak out about these issues as well as giving them a platform to lead on issues that concern them. I believe that culture is beautiful and should be celebrated, but we have to campaign to put an end to cultural practices that violate basic human rights.
Sophia Alexandra Hall
Hey! My name’s Sophia and I’m a Care Leaver. A care leaver is anyone who has spent time in the UK’s care system as a child. Last year, I became the first person from a foster care background to graduate from my college at the University of Oxford. It was then I decided to set up a YouTube channel offering advice on how to navigate the foster care system; thus CareLeaverSophia was born! Since starting my channel, I’ve spoken at multiple conferences, been featured in the Guardian and the Big Issue, won awards from two fostering organisations, and attended the Queen’s Garden party.
I’m Tessa, a queer, feminist, anti-border abolitionist, campaigning to put an end to immigration detention and borders. As member of the visiting group SOAS Detainee Support (SDS) and a person of Chinese descent, I have worked closely with Chinese-speaking people affected by the UK’s racist, sexist, classist, homophobic, transphobic border regimes, and hope to encourage more people within Chinese-speaking communities to get involved in campaigning and show solidarity with our siblings, and all people, in immigration detention.
I am a freelance photographer/filmmaker. I am passionate about women; I am a feminist. I will like to use my campaign to fight for equality amongst women, people of colour and childhood sexual abuse. I am particularly drawn towards refugees and asylum seekers, finding ways to use my skills in filmmaking through the media to portray the harsh living conditions they are subjected to.
I am a theatre maker/arts & mental health campaigner/survivor activist. I make work that creatively articulates trauma narratives based on my lived experience as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, to forge survivor voice, visibility & community & agitate for change. I campaign for access & inclusion for artists/audiences with mental health needs in the arts sector, curating events & offering mentoring/consultancy . I am currently piloting a research project to develop trauma informed dentistry and making new work to draw attention to the statistic of 11 million adults survivors in the UK.
I am Zain, currently completing a degree in Philosophy and Global Studies. I campaign for marginalised groups including asylum seekers and refugees. I aim to give the minorities in our society a platform where they have a voice for themselves. I have first hand experiences of the injustice and the inadequacies of our judicial system and the obstacles asylum seekers and refugees go through. I also campaign for access to higher education, right to employment and aim to raise awareness of the psychological implications the asylum process have which doesn't get enough attention it requires.
Meet some of the trainers for Bootcamp. More trainers will be confirmed nearer the time.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Tamara-Jade is a Trainer on camp and has also been Lead Facilitator, having worked on the residential programme since its early days. 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.
Head of Training
Anna believes that training spaces are places where real magic and transformation can happen. Experiencing it herself while on Training for Change’s 'SuperT', a 19 day training for trainers in Philadelphia, USA. Her job is to make sure all our trainings contain that magic! She came to Campaign Bootcamp after 6 years in the international climate movement training and supporting activist groups around the world. When not working with a group she is happiest walking in the hills around Sheffield where she lives, out on her bike, or with her head in a book. Anna works across programmes.
Here is the team that will support small group reflection and real life scenario practice at Bootcamp:
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.
Grace is an activist, advocate, and educator with a background in mental health, disability, and youth rights. Grace’s activism focuses on the social determinants of poor mental health, addressing wellbeing as something that is cultural and political- not just medical. They also campaign around Disability Justice and challenging (dis)ableism. Graduating from Bootcamp 10, Grace wants activism to be actually accessible. When they aren't campaigning you can find them painting, playing DnD, and looking after plants.
Karen is a trainer, facilitator and consultant, previously working at the NUS as a Campaigns Assistant and Rethink Mental Illness on the Time to Change campaign. She founded POC In Nature, a space for people of colour to explore the healing power of nature, and is Co-Founder of support group Black Woman Heal United Kingdom, for women of African descent. Karen is a lay member of Psychotherapists & Counsellors for Social Responsibility, and is interested in activist self-care, healing justice, alternative spiritualities, and intersectional, trauma-informed approaches to mental health.
Rowan is a trainer and facilitator with a wealth of experience organising and campaigning across a wide range of issues, from cuts to domestic violence services, to anti-arms trade, to ensuring protesters know their legal rights. They are an experienced project manager having worked to deliver international weeks of action, events and conferences, and infrastructure projects making roads safer for people to cycle and walk. In their spare time Rowan likes to make comics and drink tea.
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.
Aliyah is an activist, educator and creative who has campaigned on issues relating to race, gender, sexuality, mental health and inclusive education. They currently work in arts education supporting young people in accessing performing arts while delivering and facilitating practical sessions, and they have worked across campaigns from large organisations like Time To Change to local grassroots groups. Outside of that, Aliyah is also a spoken word and drag artist and they are finishing up an MA in Film, writing mostly on music video, body politics and performance.
Here is the team that will be running camp behind the scenes, making sure sessions go smoothly and everyone has everything they need:
Sophie Yates Lu
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.
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.
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.
Rhianna was resident curator at be'kech anti-cafe, a leading cultural venue in Berlin. She has curated and hosted many events and exhibitions on diverse themes, such as ‘Afropean’ identity, storytelling and technology. She also co-hosted the podcast Tanti Table, and headlined top poetry nights across the city. Before moving to Berlin, Rhianna worked as a youth facilitator and mentor for NGOs in London and Accra. She is passionate about connecting activism and community building to the arts, and is completing an MA at Goldsmiths in Writing for Performance and Dramaturgy.
Sarah has a background working in organisations campaigning against militarism and the trade in arms and policing and security equipment. She is passionate about the work that goes on behind the scenes in activist movements to make them accessible and sustainable and is looking forward to supporting Campaign Bootcamp to grow as an organisation and reach out to underrepresented groups and parts of the country.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some questions we often get asked about Bootcamp. If you don't find the information you're looking for below, just get in touch by emailing [email protected]
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.
If you find the application difficult for any reason such as a disability or because English is not your first language please contact us for support on filling out your application; we are happy to help!
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 17 is 9am BST on Thursday 22nd August 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 17, 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.
Will Bootcamp be accessible for me?
We do our best to make sure the programme is accessible, and can do things like provide large font print outs, colour overlays, and so on. Where there are activities scheduled which require people to move around a lot, we try and make sure we have one which is less physical.
The venue has a ramp at the entrance of the main building and all ground floor spaces. There are designated disabled toilets on the ground floor and all toilets will be gender neutral. Fire alarms in the disabled bedrooms have flashing beacons for those who need it. The Main Training Space is fitted with a hearing loop and a portable hearing loop is available on request. Parking is available at the venue and there will be designated disabled parking bays. Assistance dogs are welcome in the venue.
For everyone with an access need, we will work one-on-one with you and the venue to try and meet any 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.
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!