Scholarship Spotlight: Supporting Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian activists.

We have an exciting scholarship available specifically designed to support civil society in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. The scholarship is designed the give any activists from those countries the skills and confidence to run their own campaigns. 

Our journey to creating this scholarship started in 2015 - when we as a team were frustrated by the backlash against refugees that spread across Europe. Our response to that was to launch a scholarship for refugee, asylum seeking and migrant activists to come on Bootcamp, so that they had the skills and confidence to run the campaigns that they knew needed to happen. But while we're really proud of that scholarship, we all wanted to do more. As we researched it we concluded that we wanted to do two things:

  • support the amazing grassroots activists from groups like Planet Syria, the White Helmets or the Syria Campaign who are striving to bring an end to the devastating conflict in Syria.
  • to support activists  who are working hard to make the region fairer, safer and greener because a strong civil society is going to be vital to bringing an end to the conflict.

I'm delighted that the Asfari Foundation has agreed to partner with us to help us do both of the those things. 

The scholarships is for anyone from Palestine, Syria or Lebanon, either based in the region or based in the UK, who wants to build a safer, fairer and greener society. It will cover travel costs, full fees to attend the 6 day Campaign Bootcamp in May or July this year. Here’s more about the programme:

  • Campaign Bootcamp is a year long long campaign accelerator designed to give you the skills and confidence to run more effective campaigns.
  • 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.
  • You’ll leave the course with a network of campaigners and trainers that you can tap into to supercharge your campaigns.
  • The Bootcamp syllabus covers the core skills you need to be an effective modern campaigner, including strategy, tactics, coding, fundraising, building websites, using social media and managing your mental health while campaigning.

Scholarship Spotlight: Mailchimp Scholarship for Refugee, Asylum Seeking and Migrant Campaigners

In the political context of Fortress Europe, BREXIT, a refugee 'crisis' and Trump, it's as important as ever that refugee, asylum seeking and migrant voices are listened to in these times of heightened xenophobia. That's why I'm happy that once again we able to offer our Mailchimp scholarships for refugee, asylum seeking and/or migrant campaigners on our next two bootcamps. 

There's not long left to apply as the deadline is at 9am on Tuesday 7th March. This is to apply for either Bootcamp 9 (7th-12th May) or Bootcamp 10 (10th-15th July).

We know that a movement against injustice is best led by those most pointedly affected by an issue, so this scholarship is our way of standing in solidarity with migrant campaigners so that it is financially accessible to anyone with a passion for the issues. The scholarship is available to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants campaigning on any issue in the UK.

Here at Campaign Bootcamp we passionately believe that:

  1. We need to redress the imbalance society systematically imposes on those from marginalised backgrounds

  2. We believe that the best communities are formed when difference is embraced

  3. Campaigning works best when those directly experiencing an issue are the ones to confront it

The Mailchimp scholarship is one small way of practising what we preach. At least half of bootcampers this year will come on a full or partial scholarship, so there's no excuse not apply!

Check out some of the amazing bootcampers who came on the Mailchimp Scholarship previously:

joan (bootcamp 6)

I am a Ugandan human rights activists with interest and focus on LGBTI rights and fair treatment of asylum seekers. My dream is to see a world free of any discrimination, unfair treatment, persecution, torture among others.

Emmanuel (Bootcamp 4)

I'm currently studying and doing voluntary work on issues I care about. Representing the Unity Centre in Glasgow, I worked with the Right to Remain campaign to argue for fair treatment of people seeking asylum in the UK and for justice in the immigration system. I have also been involved with the campaign to close down the Dungavel immigration detention centre in Scotland, along with Unity Centre, Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees and other organisations and individuals. 

marchu (bootcamp 4)

I campaign on issues of equality, education, women and refugees rights. I currently work for Women for Refugee Women.

Wai Hnin (Bootcamp 5)

I am a Campaigns Officer at Burma Campaign UK. I work on political prisoner issues, repressive laws, and I care about human rights, equality and women's rights. I am interested in education and one day I would love to build schools, and provide free education in Burma's rural areas.

Fatima (Bootcamp 5)

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I am a 19 year old Law and Human Rights student. Human Rights issues are a passion of mine, but I also love reading, socialising and watching my favourite TV shows.

If you're successful in getting a scholarship you'll get access to the full year long Campaign Bootcamp programme. It starts with a week of intensive training where you'll learn the key skills needed to make change in the modern age. The syllabus includes planning a campaign, working with the media, fundraising, choosing your tactics, building websites, coding and much more! After the residential is over you'll get a year of mentorship, training days and community support.

If you're a grassroots campaigner the scholarships can cover the full fee of coming on Bootcamp (£3500) and if you work at an NGO there are partial scholarships available to cover some of the costs of coming. 

TO SUM UP

  • Deadline for applications: 9am Tuesday 7th March 2017
  • Bootcamp 9: 7th - 12th May / Bootcamp 10: 10th - 15th July
  • Full and partial scholarships available for grassroots campaigners
  • Email hello@campaignbootcamp.org with any questions you may have
  • Click the button below to apply

The deadline for applications is 9:00am on tuesday 7th march. If you have any questions email the team at hello@campaignbootcamp.org

New Scholarship! Save the Children's Jo Cox Memorial Scholarship

New Scholarship! Save the Children's Jo Cox Memorial Scholarship

I’m really happy to announce that we have launched a new scholarship specifically for women. The Save the Children Jo Cox Memorial Scholarship will cover the costs for three women to access Campaign Bootcamp’s training for free. This is a new pilot scholarship that is available for Bootcamp 9; applications for which are now open - get to it!

We have launched this scholarship in memory of Jo Cox, former MP for Batley and Spen, Yorkshire, who was murdered last year. To honour Jo, the scholarship will cover some of the issues she was most passionate about.

Scholarship Spotlight: Campaigners of Colour Outside of London

Scholarship Spotlight: Campaigners of Colour Outside of London

As a black woman navigating the world of campaigning, this scholarship is particularly important to me - without it I would not have been able to come on Bootcamp 4 myself. I know intimately how overlooked faces of colour can be in activism, and I'm really proud Campaign Bootcamp are committed to tackling this.

On the last Campaign Bootcamp 70% of Bootcamp 8 participants identified as being a person of colour / BME (Black and Minority Ethnic), with over a third of the group identifying as black / of the African diaspora - and we think that's pretty great! 

Scholarship Spotlight: Standing up to racism and xenophobia

Scholarship Spotlight: Standing up to racism and xenophobia

Post EU referendum and in the era of Trump, black and brown folks are bearing the brunt of an emboldened far right politic. This proverbial pat on the back for fascism has resulted in a surge of unabashed racist and xenophobic assaults in the UK. What was once masked behind twitching curtains and coded whispers about immigration and 'those communities', is now being paraded violently on our streets. Racists and xenophobes weren't created by these political horrors, but they sure do feel validated by them. 

Here at Bootcamp we want to support campaigners actively resisting racism and xenophobia in the UK. 

Scholarship Spotlight: UNICEF Scholarship for Young Campaigners

Scholarship Spotlight: UNICEF Scholarship for Young Campaigners

As someone with an interest in Youth Engagement, and as someone not too old myself(!), it's particularly important to me that young campaigners feel that Campaign Bootcamp is financially accessible to them. Young people so often are at the forefront of making political and social change, and we want to be able to support them in their missions.

That's why I'm glad to say that UNICEF are funding our Young Campaigners scholarship - which is a scholarship explicitly for campaigners aged 18 - 21. I'm constantly inspired by the thoughtful politics and activism showcased by the young people who have come on Bootcamp. So for this blog, I thought I'd show off some of the fantastic campaigners who were under 21 when they came on Bootcamp - check them out!

A new way of supporting our community

Here at Bootcamp we’re best known for our week long residential that aims to give campaigners the skills, confidence and community to get out there and change the world. However the Bootcamp programme doesn’t stop when the Bootcampers all go home. We offer everyone a year of support following the residential. Currently this includes providing them with a mentor, as well as follow up trainings throughout the year.

For the last few months I have been talking with and listening to our community about whether this is enough, and if not how we can best support them in that year following the Bootcamp residential.

Having taken all that I’ve heard on board, today I’m really excited to be launching the first part of a new follow up programme that aims to meet the needs of our community as they get out there and change the world.

CAMPAIGN BOOTCAMP COMMUNITY DAYS

Beginning in June this year every few months we will come together for a day as a community and take part in a non campaigning (or training) based activity. With the aim of nourishing ourselves individually and building community collectively.

When talking with Bootcampers about what they need to keep campaigning I heard over and over again a desire for us to incorporate some form of self care activities into our programme. Karen, a grad of Bootcamp 4 and Organiser on Bootcamp 5 outlines the reasons why, in this blog she wrote to help us launch the new programme.

As activists we are are often working on the frontlines, with marginalised communities that are unheard and erased by the mainstream, where people experience violence and brutality. We are often waging prolonged campaigns for justice and social change in the midst of our own oppression, bereavement and loss.
Our work is hard and we often feel that we don't have the luxury of switching off at the end of the day when our work is so urgent and there's a lot of it to be done.
But the fight is long, and we need to be able to keep going. That’s why I believe, as activists, we need to prioritise self care. In ourselves, and in our communities.

I also heard that the Bootcamp community was a nourishing space for many and that they would like more opportunities to just be together. To me those two needs fitted perfectly with each other. After all, as Karen goes on, community, in itself, can be a form of self care.

Our communities.. are collective spaces where we can return to ourselves. They also help us develop the self compassion, vision and clarity needed to heal from the wounds of oppression and societal assaults on our wellbeing.

So after taking this all on board Campaign Bootcamp Community Days were born!

The first Bootcamp community day will be on June 25th. In the coming weeks collectively we will decide what we want to do on that day, to take care of ourselves, and our community.

I’m really excited to have had the chance to really listen and respond to our community. Over the next few months we’ll be rolling out a couple more new parts to the follow up programme that address other needs our community has. So check back here for more info when we do. Moving forwards I hope everything we can offer will support Bootcampers to get out there, run campaigns that win, and ultimately change the world.

Building communities of resistance

This is a guest blog by Karen Larbi a Bootcamp 4 graduate and Bootcamp 5 organiser. 

"Self care is not an act of self indulgence, but an act of self preservation and that is an act of political warfare."

- Audre Lorde

Coming into activism as a result of experiencing injustices and/or supporting those that do can leave us feeling overwhelmed, traumatised and exhausted, especially if our work consists of constant fire-fighting or being reactive.

We often feel the stress of living in a system that makes us feel crushed, erased or invalidated.

We often work on issues where there doesn’t seem to be an end or win in sight, leaving us feeling demoralised, disheartened and uninspired.

We’re often working in under-paid jobs in under-funded organisations, on time-limited project-based contracts, or providing unpaid labour.

All of this contributes to a lack of job security, financial stability and career progression, which can cause tension and stress, no matter how dedicated we are to the cause. These feelings can also cause feelings of guilt and shame. We feel guilty and ashamed for wanting more money, more financial stability, more career satisfaction, when the people we are supporting are barely able to survive.

As activists we are are often working on the frontlines, with marginalised communities that are unheard and erased by the mainstream, where people experience violence and brutality. We are often waging prolonged campaigns for justice and social change in the midst of our own oppression, bereavement and loss.

Our work is hard and we often feel that we don't have the luxury of switching off at the end of the day when our work is so urgent and there's a lot of it to be done.

But the fight is long, and we need to be able to keep going. That’s why I believe, as activists, we need to prioritise self care. In ourselves, and in our communities. 

I'm new to the world of campaigning but as I have a long history of mental health problems, I've been using self-improvement techniques for a while, in an attempt to manage my symptoms, overcome a legacy of trauma and build on my healing abilities. It's been a long journey; one of constantly looking for new techniques by devouring books, podcasts, webinars, online conferences and more. I have discovered techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, emotional intelligence, and yoga in my efforts.

If you look at the world around us today it’s clear that i’m not the only one exploring these techniques. From yoga studios on every corner to large corporations offering mindfulness to employees, the language and the practise of self care surrounds us. It’s easy to be cynical about the adoption of coaching, mindfulness and other meditation/holistic techniques by large multi-national companies as an effort to maximise staff productivity and decrease absenteeism. Without a doubt the emphasis on material wealth and profit promoted by the self improvement industry deserves critique.

But we should not use this as a reason to dismiss this work. These practices can also be a tool for encouraging healing, growth, creativity and inspiration within "communities of resistance" a term coined by Thích Nhất Hạnh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist.

Our communities of resistance are collective spaces where we can return to ourselves. They also help us develop the self compassion, vision and clarity needed to heal from the wounds of oppression and societal assaults on our wellbeing, and within this healing is resistance to being assaulted and destroyed by the system.

We feel called to do this work to fight for and create a world that recognises our humanity and the precious earth that sustains us, and these spaces can encourage an outward focus for our healing intentions. Therefore, the aim of self-care is to restore and preserve ourselves to help us deal better and more productively with the challenges that our life and work throws at us.

For me, self care includes practising slow forms yoga, participating in mutually affirmative communities of people of colour, and watching the odd make up tutorial. For others it's knitting warm clothing for refugees, twerking, creating art. Whatever we do to bring us back to ourselves is vital. And it's important to build communities and facilitate collective activities that aren't just campaign focussed, in able to support each other to heal, grow and survive.

Because as the good Lorde said, “we were never meant to survive."

By surviving and thriving, we can work towards creating a more caring and just world.

We have FORTY scholarships available for our next two bootcamps!

I'm really pleased to say that over 70% of bootcampers will be attending on either a full or partial scholarship this year!

We have a whopping FORTY scholarships on offer for our next two trainings; a record high for Campaign Bootcamp. 

This is kinda a big deal! For many this means all expenses paid training, complete with food and accommodation in our venue in Debden (just outside London), with travel bursaries to Debden also available. 

If you want to take advantage of this opportunity, you'll have to be quick! There is only one month before our applications close on Tuesday 29th March 2016 (9am). Apply now!

We don't believe people should be out of pocket to come on our training and are committed to making bootcamp as accessible as possible.

Ensuring Bootcamp is affordable is particularly important when often activists holding the greatest stake in the issues they campaign on come from a low income and/or working class background and are already running their campaigns on a shoe string.

So what do we have scholarships for?

Loads of stuff to be honest! Check them out:

There's not a lot of time left to apply for Bootcamp and take advantage of the scholarships we have on offer - get on it!

The deadline for applications is only one month away - 9am Tuesday 29th March 2016.

Our scholarship places form the bulk of our wonderful, diverse community - they're what help keep our community dynamic and powerful. We call for diversity in campaigning because:

  1. We want to redress the imbalance society systematically imposes on those from marginalised backgrounds

  2. We believe that the best communities are formed when difference is embraced

  3. Campaigning works best when those directly experiencing an issue are the ones to confront it

I came on Bootcamp on a Black and Minority Ethnic Scholarship myself, I couldn't come on the training without it -don't miss out! 

- Tamara-Jade, Outreach Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

Scholarship Spotlight: Trust For London Scholarship

I love the Trust for London scholarship we have here at Campaign Bootcamp. What's great about the scholarship is the broadness of what it can cover. Trust for London are committed to tackling inequality and poverty in the capital and want to fund bootcampers who align with these values. For Campaign Bootcamp this could mean campaigning on any of the following:

  • Austerity / Cuts to public services
  • Health / NHS
  • Housing / homelessness
  • Child poverty
  • Police brutality and state violence
  • Cleaner air
  • Social inequality, including gender rights, LGBTQ rights, race equality and more

Because this scholarship covers a wide range of campaign issues, it means that we can make sure the most passionate London-based activists can come on the training. We want to make sure Campaign Bootcamp is as accessible as possible, and Trust for London enables us to get closer to our target.

If you're a grassroots campaigner the scholarships can cover the full fee of coming on Bootcamp (£3000) and if you work at an NGO there are partial scholarships available to cover some of the costs of coming. 

If you're successful in getting a scholarship you'll get access to the full year long Campaign Bootcamp programme. It starts with a week of intensive training where you'll learn the key skills needed to make change in the modern age. The syllabus includes planning a campaign, working with the media, fundraising, choosing your tactics, building websites, coding and much more! After the residential is over you'll get a year of mentorship, training days and community support.

If you're from outside of London, or don't qualify for this scholarship - fear not! We have plenty of other scholarships on offer, 26 out of 35 bootcampers will come on a free or partially funded scholarship place. 

To find out more about what scholarships are available, just go to www.campaignbootcamp.org/apply

 

Hear from previous Trust for London Scholarship grantee, Jason:

Campaign Bootcamp is developing the next generation of campaigners to take up the baton and run with it.
Since completing the training, I have literally thrown myself into the deep end. I met up with the legend that is John Hacan who shared some critical ideas with me. I spoke with Huw Jordan from NEF who has put me in touch with a network of people who are interested in social, economical, environmental and political campaigns.
I am now helping out on two different community organising programmes, one with Krissie Nicolson from MRCF in Ladbroke Grove and Lee Baker from PeoplePower in Brixton. I also have a wonderful mentor Atlanta Cook to give me a push in the right direction.
Campaign Bootcamp has given me to tools to really plan an effective action. From defining the specific change I want to see to planning how I will achieve my aim. Using SMART objectives and having an overarching purpose that informs my work. From building campaign trees to writing that all important email, Bootcamp has it all, even a lovely red t-shirt.
A whole new world has opened up before my eyes and I am really spending the time to learn from these new campaigning experiences. 

To find out more, and apply just go to

TO SUM UP

  • Full and partial scholarships available for grassroots campaigners
  • Email hello@campaignbootcamp.org with any questions you may have
  • Click the button below to apply




Scholarship Spotlight: Greenpeace Scholarship for Environmental Campaigners

It's vital to me that environmental activists are included in the Campaign Bootcamp cohort. 

Before working at Campaign Bootcamp, I came on the training last year, and I'll be honest with you, environmental campaigning wasn't really my bag and I was sceptical of the activists moving in those spheres. 

By the time I finished bootcamp however, my attitude had changed - the interconnectedness of social justice with the environmental movement really brought the issue to life for me, and that's all down to the passionate campaigners on my cohort. 

We need more people who can change the hearts and minds of cynics such as myself in the face of environmental crisis and that's why I'm grateful Campaign Bootcamp is committed to this kind of activism.

I also know that a lot of green activists are running their campaigns on a shoe-string, so we have set aside money from Greenpeace specifically to fund these places on bootcamp. 

If you're a grassroots campaigner the scholarships can cover the full fee of coming on Bootcamp (£3000) and if you work at an NGO there are partial scholarships available to cover some of the costs of coming. 

If you're successful in getting a scholarship you'll get access to the full year long Campaign Bootcamp programme. It starts with a week of intensive training where you'll learn the key skills needed to make change in the modern age. The syllabus includes planning a campaign, working with the media, fundraising, choosing your tactics, building websites, coding and much more! After the residential is over you'll get a year of mentorship, training days and community support.

TO SUM UP

  • Full and partial scholarships available for grassroots campaigners
  • Email hello@campaignbootcamp.org with any questions you may have
  • Click the button below to apply

Scholarship Spotlight: Scholarships for Campaigners of Colour

I'm really excited to talk about one of my favourite aspects of Campaign Bootcamp - our scholarships for campaigners from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds!

As a black woman navigating the world of campaigning, this scholarship is particularly important to me - without it I would not have been able to come on Bootcamp 4 last year! I know intimately how overlooked faces of colour can be in activism, and I'm really proud Campaign Bootcamp are committed to tackling this.

On the last Campaign Bootcamp just over half of the bootcampers were from a BME background - which I think's pretty great! 

It's never a comfortable conversation to have, but all too often it seems that white men float to the top when it comes to being considered 'leaders' of a movement, when more often than not they're not the ones who face the issues they campaign on most pointedly. Ensuring we embrace racial diversity is important to us because:

  1. We want to redress the imbalance society systematically imposes on those from marginalised backgrounds

  2. We believe that the best communities are formed when difference is embraced

  3. Campaigning works best when those directly experiencing an issue are the ones to confront it

To do this we have scholarships funded by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and Tinsley Foundation specifically for BME campaigners, and they can campaign on any issue - it doesn't have to be on race. 

If you're successful in getting a scholarship you'll get access to the full year long Campaign Bootcamp programme. It starts with a week of intensive training where you'll learn the key skills needed to make change in the modern age. The syllabus includes planning a campaign, working with the media, fundraising, choosing your tactics, building websites, coding and much more! After the residential is over you'll get a year of mentorship, training days and community support.

If you're a grassroots campaigner the scholarships can cover the full fee of coming on Bootcamp (£3000) and if you work at an NGO there are partial scholarships available to cover some of the costs of coming. 

TO SUM UP

  • Deadline for applications: 9am Tuesday 29th March 2016
  • Full and partial scholarships available for grassroots campaigners
  • Email hello@campaignbootcamp.org with any questions you may have
  • Click the button below to apply