Scholarship Spotlight: Susan Cook Scholarship for Disabled Activists

“What’s the point having rights if we can’t access them?” my friend asked me at lunch today. It’s a question that Disabled campaigners often ask.

It’s a simple question that exposes how we campaign for our rights and for changes in the world, but forget about the disabling barriers that are in the way of many of us accessing them.

As a disability campaigner, I’m pleased to see Campaign Bootcamp teaming up with a graduate of our first Bootcamp, Susan Cook, and the John Ellerman Foundation to expand and relaunch the Susan Cook Scholarship for Disabled Activists. This scholarship covers all the fees for the residential training and any accessibility support needed.

Scholarships like this are a critical tool for addressing barriers in the path of Disabled activists. I spend my time discussing and educating people on the experience of being disabled and fighting for progressive movements to prioritise Disabled people’s activism more readily.  

Bootcamp understands that being truly accessible is not about a checklist of provisions that we wear as a kitemark of honour, but rather, accessibility means speaking to people about their requirements and responding to them quickly. Our operations team always take the time to talk with Disabled attendees and give them the autonomy to find the solutions to overcoming the barriers that they face.

Below are a few of the amazing Disabled activists who have attended Bootcamp.

I hope you’ll apply for this important scholarship. All the info you need to apply is here: 

Meet Shaun and Lauren

Both Shaun (left) and Lauren are disability campaigners. Shaun campaigns in Glasgow for people with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Lauren campaigns for young people with disabilities. Both participated in Bootcamp 7 and later came back to help facilitate Bootcamp 9.

Both Shaun (left) and Lauren are disability campaigners. Shaun campaigns in Glasgow for people with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Lauren campaigns for young people with disabilities. Both participated in Bootcamp 7 and later came back to help facilitate Bootcamp 9.

Meet Becca

Becca Bunce, who attended Bootcamp 3, is co-founder of IC Change, which campaigns to get the UK government to ratify the Istanbul Convention to prevent and combat violence against women. Here she is sharing advice on messaging and media with Bootcamp 10.

Becca Bunce, who attended Bootcamp 3, is co-founder of IC Change, which campaigns to get the UK government to ratify the Istanbul Convention to prevent and combat violence against women. Here she is sharing advice on messaging and media with Bootcamp 10.

Scholarship Spotlight: UNICEF Scholarship for Young Campaigners

Scholarship Spotlight: UNICEF Scholarship for Young Campaigners

As we've seen from the huge surge in young people campaigning, voting, and making their demands known during the last General Election, it's clear that the tired stereotype that young people are politically apathetic just is not true.

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!

Scholarship Spotlight: Greenpeace Scholarship for Environmental Campaigners

Scholarship Spotlight: Greenpeace Scholarship for Environmental Campaigners

It's important to me that environmental activists are included in the Campaign Bootcamp cohort. That's why I'm glad to say that Greenpeace will be funding scholarships for grassroots campaigners working on any environmental issue for Bootcamp 11 - applications for which are open now!

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

Meet a couple environmental activists who have been to Bootcamp before

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! 

More time to apply for Campaign Bootcamp!

More time to apply for Campaign Bootcamp!

Great news! We’re extending the deadline to apply for the next two bootcamps to Wednesday 15th March - that’s less than two weeks away!

Altogether, we now have a fantastic FORTY scholarships on offer for the next two Bootcamps - that means more than half of the participants will be able to come on our trainings for free.

This is kinda a big deal! For many this means all expenses paid training, complete with food and accommodation in our beautiful new venue Bore Place in Kent, with travel bursaries to the venue also available on request.

If you want to take advantage of this opportunity, you'll have to be quick! The deadline is Wednesday 15th March 2016 (9am). Apply now!

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

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. 

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: 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. 

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.