If you're fired up about creating positive, change and want to learn how to be an effective campaigner, then Campaign Bootcamp is for you. It is a year long training programme designed to give you the skills, community and confidence you need to run powerful campaigns.
The programme starts with a week-long residential training, which is followed by a year of mentoring, further training and community support.
Applications are open now closed. We're hoping to announce another Bootcamp soon. To find out when the next Bootcamp opens just enter your email address below:
You’ll leave the course with a network of campaigners and trainers that you can tap into to supercharge your campaigns. Here’s what a few recent Bootcamp graduates said about the programme:
Who trains at Campaign Bootcamp?
We spend lots of time finding fantastic campaigners who pass on what they know to you! They come from a range of fields and backgrounds and are all focussed on helping you run more effective campaigns.
Campaign Bootcamp isn’t like your average training. It’s a fun, immersive, interactive experience where you get to try everything you’re learning. Here's a video to tell you more about Bootcamp:
The trainers change for each bootcamp to keep our training dynamic and up to date but check out the trainers from previous trainings below:
Rachel Collinson was voted in the UK's Top 50 Most Influential People in Fundraising. Over her 15 year career in the nonprofit digital sector, she has worked with dozens of local, national and international campaigns and fundraising drives, from small charities to big household names. Her most high-profile projects have been the 'Save Santa's Home' campaign for Greenpeace and '64 For Suu' for the Burma Campaign UK. She likes LOLcats, being honest about her failings, and Pepsi Max (a bit too much)...
Carys has been working in communications for what feels like a lifetime but is actually seven years. She started out doing media for a parliamentary candidate who is now an MP. Then she spent three years at a PR and public affairs agency working for companies like Eurostar, BlackBerry and Universal Music. Until recently she headed up the communications team at the New Economics Foundation, but she just left to work for another politician, shadow civil society minister Lisa Nandy.
Tom Pollard is Policy and Campaigns Manager for the Social Inclusion and Rights team at the mental health charity Mind. Tom has worked at Mind since 2010 in various roles, before which he worked for an MP in Parliament. His team works on issues around access to justice, benefits and welfare, and human rights and equality. Tom has co-chaired the Disability Benefits Consortium (a coalition of over 60 charities), is the co-ordinator of the Campaigns Forum, and sits on the steering group of the Who Benefits? campaign. He is also a trustee of Lambeth and Southwark Mind.
Brie has over 7 years experience in online campaigning. Starting out with the innovative Australian online advocacy group GetUp! Brie then went on to work for a number of UK NGOs including Oxfam and the Global Campaign for Education, helping them build better online campaigning communities. She's now UK Country Director at Change.org, the world's largest online petition website with 65 million users worldwide and 4.5 million in the UK.
Nadia worked as a journalist for a decade before moving into PR. She's worked on a range of national news titles including the Metro, MailOnline, and the Daily Star after starting out on local papers.
She is currently UK communications manager at Change.org. Her job is to work with petition starters and to support them in telling their stories to the media.
James is head of Innovation and digital tactics at 38 Degrees. He has a background in website building and bringing data to life. He runs rapid campaigns out of his living room along with Bex.
Before becoming a freelance campaigns consultant in July 2013, Hannah Lownsbrough was the founding Campaigns Director of 38 Degrees, a community of UK citizens campaigning together on the issues they care about. As a consultant, her clients have included GetUp.org.au, Friends of the Earth, SumOfUs.org and Save the Children International.
Alasdair is Christian Aid’s Campaigns Manager. He has been involved in a range of campaigns on issues such as tax, trade and climate. @alroxburgh
Cian is an activist, technologist and academic. He is former technology director at 38 Degrees, the UK's largest people powered campaigning movement, where he continues to advise on technology strategy. There he successfully campaigned to halt the privatisation of England's woodlands, took on big energy companies, and was awed by hundreds of thousands of 38 Degrees members together affecting real change.
Cian researches and teaches at SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex. His research interests include the sociology of large technological systems, and innovation for sustainability.
Cian recently co-founded Uplift.ie, Ireland's first people powered campaigning organisation.
What will you learn?
We’ve designed the Bootcamp syllabus to give you the key skills you need to succeed. Over the year you’ll have the chance to develop your skills in these five areas:
Strategy: How you plan a powerful campaign
Tactics: What you'll do to achieve your campaign goals
Power analysis: Where power lies and how you can use that in your campaign
Digital tools - Finding and using tools to take your campaign online
Storytelling - How you can tell a story that empowers people to take action
Recruiting members - How to get people involved with your campaign
Media - How to get your campaign in the media
Email & social media - How to communicate online
Who is Bootcamp for?
Bootcamp is for anyone dreaming of building a fairer, greener and better world. To give you more of an idea here's a few recent graduates:
I do campaigns for the Swedish campaign organisation Skiftet. I'm really interested in equality between men and women and in making better conditions for the young generation (my generation). On my free time I love skiing, sailing and biking.
I'm Fran, and I work on climate campaigns that challenge people to see climate change as something personal and emotional. Things that make me tick: community and communal living, working for a better food system, and migrant rights (and figuring out how to combine all three!)
I'm a postgraduate student in disability studies and global development. Disability is an issue I'm particularly passionate about due to personal experience and it has led me to build disability based social enterprises. This is what keeps me busy and helps me to make a huge difference.
I work for the British Red Cross, advocating on issues of refugee and asylum seekers in the UK, health and social care and first aid. My advocacy background is in immigration detention and I remain passionate about the subject.
I've travelled a lot, a veteran volunteer, fundraiser & activist just about to start a paid internship with 38 degrees. I've most recently been working to engage young people in social action; engaging, educating and empowering the next generation of leaders. I am passionate about so many different social issues and am currently trying to expand my knowledge and campaign nous on the links between environmentalism and social justice.
I'm a 20 year old student of life with a deep-seated love for the environment and burning passion for egalitarian causes. I create podcasts on activism in London for Inform My Opinion and I support many different environmental and social justice organisations and groups in London.
I am a retired local government officer and now devote my time to campaigning in Haringey mainly in health matters .I am a leading member of the local 38 Degrees group and have campaigned recently to stop the sell off of a local hospital St Anns ,on social care provision, against TTIP , and against Council services cuts.
I am passionate that the changes to Health and Social Care Space don't disadvantage the Disabled and Vulnerable members of our Society. I am also active campaigner in all matters of Equality, in particular in the area of accessibility to public transport, buildings and services to persons with (pan-)disabilities and in particular those are Wheelchair bound.
I care about the disparities in levels of education amongst young people, the trauma faced by young women and girls who witness murder and the affects of relationship abuse, sexual and gang associated violence.
Course fees & How to Apply to Campaign Bootcamp!
It costs £3000 to train each person who comes on Bootcamp including providing support and further training over the year. We don't make any profit from that £3000, all of the course fees go towards paying for Bootcamp to happen.
However, we know that most activists can’t afford that so there are a range of scholarships available. The course fees are:
£0-500 for unpaid or grassroots activists & campaigners
£500-£1500 for activists from small campaign groups
£3,000 for those working at large campaigning groups
How to apply!
Applications have now closed. We're hoping to open applications again soon. If you want to come on Bootcamp in future just pop in your details below and we'll send you an email as soon as we open applications:
Here are some answers to the most common questions we get!
Is Bootcamp is only for Londoners?
No! Not at all. Bootcampers come from all over the UK and beyond. We offer travel bursaries for any Bootcampers who can’t afford to travel to the residential.
Is Bootcamp Accessible?
Yes! The Bootcamp 6 and 7 venue Debden House is accessible for wheelchair users. If you have any concerns or questions about accessibility just get in touch.
Campaign Bootcamp and Diversity
We work hard to make sure that Campaign Bootcamp is a very diverse space. People come to Bootcamp from a wide range of backgrounds - from fired up student activists and dedicated volunteers to grassroots community activists to people working for organisations who need a boost in their confidence and skills.
The Bootcamp community is diverse, inclusive and supportive. This means welcoming a range of genders, races and ethnicities, sexualities, abilities, ages (over 18!), religions, class backgrounds and levels of education. Diversity is important to us because:
We want to redress the imbalance society systematically imposes on those from marginalised backgrounds
We believe that the best communities are formed when difference is embraced
- Campaigning works best when those directly experiencing an issue are the ones to confront it
What scholarships are available?
Over half the applicants we accept onto bootcamp come on a full or partially-funded scholarship place.
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 this diversity.
Here are the scholarships we currently have confirmed for 2016:
This is a broad scholarship that can go to campaigners of colour / BME campaigners, disabled campaigners, feminist campaigners, campaigners from socially deprived areas, working class campaigners, LGBTQ campaigners or campaigners working on mental health issues.
The awesome team at SumOfUs have created a scholarship to help counterbalance the growing power of large corporations. It's for anyone from from small and medium sized NGOs who challenge corporates.
The Charities Aid Foundation has generously agreed to fund 14 international development activists from the UK, France and Germany to come on Bootcamp.
The Asfari Foundation has worked with us to help build resilient and vibrant civil societies in the UK, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. It's for activists from the UK, Syria, Lebanon or Palestine.