UNPACKED is a deep dive into your training practice, leaning into deep self-reflection and development in a structured and supported way.

We launched UNPACKED in 2020 as a pilot, It is designed to not only develop attendees as individual trainers but to also develop their practice in supporting, working with and developing other trainers around them. This simply can’t be done in a short training programme, as it’s fundamentally about action, reflection, generalisation and application within ongoing practice.

The UNPACKED 2020 cohort

Here are the fantastic trainers attending UNPACKED in 2020

Rakesh Prashara

I’m an organiser based in the North East of England. I’ve spent most of my time campaigning on environmental issues, increasingly becoming aware of the inequalities and harmful behaviours People of Colour are confronted by and I’m vocal about these whenever I get the opportunity. As a volunteer trainer with the Ella Baker School of Organising, I’m organising and facilitating trainings in Newcastle aimed at supporting communities to build power and achieve their aspirations.

Maia Thomas

Maia is a Leeds-based trainer-facilitator of Serbian and Irish heritage, organising within climate and racial justice movements. She works as the coordinator of Leeds Tidal, a political education and capacity building organisation supporting social, economic and environmental justice activism. And organises as part of the Racial Justice Network’s Unlearning Racism Collective, delivering ’Unlearning Racism Courses’ to white groups seeking to challenge racism and white supremacy within and outside of themselves. She also loves queer parties, climbing, cycling and eating.

Loraine Masiya Mponela

Loraine is an organiser at Coventry Asylum and Refugee Action Group (CARAG). From 2016 to present Loraine has taken a leading role in CARAG, written articles, participated in debates and lead on panel discussions around creating a welcoming and safe space for refugees and Migrants. She is an Advocate with Baobab Women Project and sits on the management committee for Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP). Loraine has a lovely son.

Kennedy Walker

Kennedy is a campaigner, researcher, and facilitator who first came into activism through grassroots organising in London. He has worked on a breadth of issues including trade justice, community land ownership, migration, and climate. In 2017, he co-founded activist and organiser network, KIN. Currently, he is Lead Campaigner and Researcher at the climate justice charity, Platform. Kennedy has a passion for exploring the different ways collective and community power can be unlocked through community wealth building and ownership models. Find him on socials @kennedysrwalker

Sue Balcomb

Sue was the England Director for Oxfam’s UK Poverty Programme for 8 years and comes to Bootcamp with over 30 years’ experience of running and delivering projects in both the statutory and voluntary sector in the UK and Latin America. A passionate campaigner, Sue uses community development principles and practice to challenge injustice and be part of creating change with marginalised communities. Sue works on the Everyday Activism programme.

Tamara-Jade Kaz

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.

Sheri Carr

Having coordinated Brick Lane Debates, Sheri has spent the past few years organising trainings and participatory education for activists and young people with a range of groups across London. She has been particularly focused on intersectionality and inequality. Also working as a freelance trainer and facilitator, Sheri believes in training for people that is accessible, inclusive and dynamic is integral to create a movement that builds strength and empowers.

Karen Larbi

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.

Grace Jeremy

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.

Lead Trainer

UNPACKED is delivered by:

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.

Contributing Trainers

Our contributing trainers we are lucky to work with:

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.

Celia Kutz

Trainer

Celia Kutz has been training and facilitating in the movement for social change for 15+ years. Her primary home during this time has been Training for Change, as Core Trainer and Co-Director. Her background in organizing and training is diverse. Celia works 1-1 with activists in their context and supports whole organizations to move through a process. Her approach blends her study of somatics, strategy, spirituality and nature alongside an early interest in dissonance and tension in groups.

Kat Hobbs

Trainer

Kat is a movement teacher and social justice trainer, and has worked with social change organisations for over a decade. Kat delivers experiential training on campaign and action skills, facilitation, and skills for collective working and anti-hierarchical organising. Kat is a 200-hour trained accessible yoga teacher and currently studying to become a Trauma Resilience Practitioner, and is passionate about bringing ways-of-knowing-through-your-body into training and organising, particularly with a disability justice lens.

Matthew Armstead

Trainer

Matthew Armstead is a facilitator, healer, and artist, and serves as a core trainer with Training for Change - a global grassroots activist training organization. Matthew weaves together community organizing, activist training, and physical theatre to create interactive performances, workshops, and educational experiences that invite participants to vision, strategize, and engage in transforming the world.

Programme Staff

The Unpacked Programme is administered by:

Rowan Kinchin

Training Manager

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.

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