What is Campaign Bootcamp?
If you're fired up about creating positive change and want to learn how to run thoughtful and powerful campaigns, then Campaign Bootcamp is for you. Bootcamp starts with a week-long residential training, which is followed by a year of further training events, mentoring and community support.
It isn’t like your average training. It’s a fun, immersive, interactive experience where you get to try everything you’re learning. Bootcamp is designed to give you the skills, community and confidence you need to run powerful campaigns.
What will you learn at Campaign Bootcamp?
We’ve designed the Bootcamp programme to give you the key skills you need to succeed. Over the year you’ll have the chance to develop 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, coding and effective design
Storytelling - How you can tell a story that empowers people to take action
Media - How to get your campaign in the mainstream media
Social media and email - How to communicate online
Recruiting members - How to get people involved with your campaign
Who trains at Campaign Bootcamp?
We spend lots of time finding fantastic campaigners who share what they have learnt with the group. Trainers come from a range of fields and backgrounds and are all focussed on helping you nurture your campaigns.
We have different trainers for each bootcamp to keep the programme up to date, but here are some people who have trained for us in the past:
Faiza Shaheen is an economist, writer, activist and commentator and is the Director of Class. Previously, she has worked as Head of Inequality and Sustainable Development at Save the Children UK and Senior Researcher on economic inequality at the New Economics Foundation (NEF). Born and raised in East London, Faiza is a regular contributor to debates on popular news programmes including Newsnight and Channel 4 News, and has worked with Channel 4 and the BBC to develop documentaries on inequality.
Lola is a software engineer and poet; Nigerian-born, British-raised, she has a keen interest in diversity and inclusion, having started her own organisation that aims to encourage more black women and girls to get into technology. She runs a podcast and blog, as well as workshops and meet-ups. She has also published two poetry pamphlets and was awarded the Poetry Book Society's Autumn Pamphlet Choice.
Sami is a non-binary punk based in London; a digital fundraiser by day and an organiser and workshop facilitator by night, who's worked with Edge Fund and other grassroots funding orgs; a passionate science nerd; a lover of 90s teen coming of age films.
Hanna is a Campaign Manager at SumOfUs.org. Before joining SumOfUs, she chased UN conferences around the world as part of the youth climate movement, founded the East London Green Jobs Alliance, was Co-Director at The Otesha Project UK, got an MSc in Climate Change & Policy, and worked on crowdfunded solar energy campaigns for 10:10. She is also an experienced trainer in anti-oppression and environmental justice. When she’s not at her laptop, Hanna likes biking, baking, and yoga-ing.
Kash, is the son of two immigrants (father from India and mother from Kenya). He grew up in Goa, India but has spent most of his life in London. He works full time as a digital campaigner for Greenpeace. Before that, he was really active in the international development movement and the student movement, where he discovered he quite liked changing the world. When Kash isn't at work he loves jumping up and down at gigs and staring lovingly at his vinyl collection.
I am passionate about campaigning and mental health. I have lived experience of mental health problems and know how important it is to look after my mental wellbeing. At university I campaigned to increase awareness and support available for students with mental health problems, and was named Yorkshire Woman of Achievement in Education. I have just started working at Mind and I am proud to be helping to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding at a national level.
Don't take our word for it!
Check out what some of the community has to say about their experiences on Campaign Bootcamp below:
Who comes on Campaign Bootcamp?
We want to strengthen and energise the movements that are going to change the world. Bootcamp is for anyone dreaming of building a fairer, greener or better society. To give you more of an idea here's a few graduates from our last two Bootcamps:
I stand up for students in need. I offer a helping hand to students who want to apply for scholarships in order to get education. I stand up for my own rights as a migrant and for those in the same situation as me. I'm based in Coventry and campaign with CARAG (Coventry Asylum and Refugee Group).
Loraine received a Scholarship for Campaigners of Colour funded by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. This scholarship is specifically for campaigners living outside of London.
I am a keen campaigner on equality for all. I am currently campaigning on Community Land Trust housing in Lambeth and it is awesome! I also enjoy enjoy playing a range of sports and performing spoken word. I care about housing in the area I grew up in - a lot of young people my age can’t imagine ever being able to afford to buy or rent a place.
Darren's spot was funded by the organisation 38 Degrees
I'm a campaigner from Yorkshire that's passionate about fighting abuse and sexual violence against disabled people. As a disabled survivor myself, I co-founded Disabled Survivors Unite with three other young disability rights campaigners.
Ashley received a scholarship for disabled campaigners from Campaign Bootcamp's general scholarship fund
I'm a no borders campaigner living in Glasgow, volunteering at the Unity Centre and part of the core collective of We Will Rise. Currently undergoing through the immigration system. I'm also studying photography and will like to specialise on photojournalism.
Etzali received a Scholarship for Anti-Racist/Anti-Xenophobic campaigners funded by the Open Society Foundation.
I believe that all children should have free access to education and am passionate about reading and literacy. For the last 2 years I was involved in local community campaigning to Save Barnet Libraries from closing, and have also been involved in the national campaign against library closures across the UK.
I am campaigning against cuts to state school funding, as this will lead to further barriers to learning for those most vulnerable and cause deeper divisions in society.
As a horticulturist I also care passionately about sustainability and environmental issues.
Rami receives a Scholarship for Campaigners of Colour funded by Action Aid.
I'm an environmental and trans rights activist based in the North of England. I'm passionate about understanding climate and queerness. During the day, I study horticulture and run a business training organisations in transgender awareness and inclusion. In my spare hours, I facilitate the trans body positivity art project 'You Look Nice', volunteer with Leeds Tidal and work on campaigns resisting fracking in West and North Yorkshire.
Emma received a Scholarship for Environmental Campaigners funded by Greenpeace Environmental Trust
I'm a trade union activist in London working in hospitality trying to improve conditions at work. The issues I give the most attention to revolve around housing, policing, gendered and racial oppression, as well as workplace activism. I try to include all of these kinds of activism in my workplace, as I feel the most effective approach to building working class and migrant based power is one that recognises how each issue affects the other.
Nilufer received a Scholarship for Campaigners challenging Corporate Power funded by SumOfUs
I am an English and Creative writing student and have been campaigning for the past four years. I campaign against the demolition of social housing in my local area of West Kensington and Gibbs Green, and also campaign for minorities, specifically the Somali community. This campaigning involves several projects like ESOL and domestic violence, where community members might not be able to access mainstream services without grassroots organisations like the one I currently volunteer at.
Jasmin received the Save The Children Jo Cox Memorial Scholarship for women (transgender, intersex or cisgender) tackling UK poverty
I have been involved in raising awareness about the similarities that exist between the different faith groups within the city of Bradford for over 20 years. Through the vehicle of the Bradford Concord Interfaith Society, regular meetings, talks and discussions are held. There is opportunity for the various faith communities (including those of no religion) to provide an open dialogue / debate in order to promote understanding and co-operation.
Rasmik received a Scholarship for Campaigners of Colour funded by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. This scholarship is specifically for campaigners living outside of London
Costs and Scholarships
It costs £3500 to attend Bootcamp, which covers all the costs - all the money we receive goes back into making Bootcamp possible and as good as it can be; we don't make a profit.
However, we know that most activists can't pay this and we therefore offer scholarships for those who can't afford the training.
There are two types of place at Bootcamp:
The SCHOLARSHIPS available at the moment are:
For campaigners of colour / BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) campaigners. There are also BME scholarships set out specifically for UK campaigners based outside of London
This is a broad scholarship that can go to campaigners of colour / BME campaigners, feminist campaigners, refugees, working class campaigners, LGBTQ campaigners or campaigners working on mental health issues
For campaigners aged 18 - 21
A scholarship for disabled people in campaigning, helped made possible by former Bootcamper Susan Cook
For environmental activists funded by Greenpeace Environmental Trust
For campaigners working on tackling poverty and inequality in London
Want to find out more about the course?
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