After months of work I'm really excited that Campaign Bootcamp 5 starts today here in Ilkley. Over the next 5 days expert campaigners will come from across the country to pass on what they know to the lucky 35 bootcampers.
Bootcamp is all about learning what it takes to win your campaign. We've carefully designed the programme to give graduates the skills, confidence and community they need to run more successful campaigns.
This week is all about learning the key skills you need to win campaigns in the modern age. We'll start learning about strategy, tactics and how you build support for your campaign. Then we'll dive in to digital communication, learning how to code, how to build a website and how to send great campaign emails. Then we dive in to media day where we'll explore how you get the press interested in telling your side of the story. After that we learn about how you build a sustained campaign, exploring the difference between a campaign and a movement and then we finish focussing on how you can manage your mental health as you campaign.
Phew, it's going to be an amazing week. None of this would be possible if it wasn't for the amazing trainers who are coming to join us this week. Here they are:
Aderonke is a feminist, human rights activist and LGBTIQ equality advocate. Winner of Positive Role Model for LGBT National Diversity Awards and one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK on the Independent Rainbow List. Founder of African Rainbow Family group that supports LGBTIQ asylum seekers and demanding the Repeal of Nigerian Anti Gay Law. Campaigning to shutdown Yarl's Wood detention centre and reform of the LGBT asylum seekers application process in the UK
Beth is a Campaigner at Care2.com. She has been an activist since the age of nine and has personally led campaigns on LGBTQ rights, animal welfare and reproductive rights. Beth has worked with many large charities such as Mind, RSPCA, WWF, Compassion in World Farming and Shelter.
Carla is an activist based in Leeds. She works in the Community Activism team at Friends of the Earth which allows her to work with a fantastic network of activists across the North. She's really interested in developing creative events for the movement and has recently been working at a number of festivals and have project managed BASECAMP - Friends of the Earth's festival of action.
Clifford is director of Social Spark, which provides digital design and strategy to campaigns, charities and social enterprises. He co-founded and built a number of influential websites including MyDavidCameron, False Economy and VoteSwap.
I am an organiser and trade union activist. I work for the New Economy Organisers Network, where I help members of the community develop their campaign skills and strategies. Before this I worked for a trade union and a long time ago I was an elected leader of the NUS. I'm on the board of We Own It, a national campaign for public ownership.
Joe has worked for pro-EU campaign group British Influence and the Labour Party. He headed up digital tech development and ran the testing and data analysis programme at the Labour Party in the run up to the 2015 general election.
I have worked as part of Mind's Policy and Campaigns team for about 4 years. My own experience of having mental health problems and knowing other people who have struggled with them is the reason I care so much about making things better. Most of my time is split between working with politicians to help them understand what it's like to live with a mental health problem, and working with our campaigners to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. I love my job.
Rachel is known as the Donor Whisperer, and has been helping nonprofits campaign and raise funds online for the last 16 years. In her spare time she tends to go on about the Green Party a lot.
Simon is Friends of the Earth's regional campaigner in Yorkshire and the Humber and the North East of England. He's currently working with local people to fight fracking and other fossil fuels in their communities.
Tom is UK Communications Director of Change.org, the world's largest online petitions platform. He has a decade of experience working in and around politics, communications and the media.
We'll be updating twitter with news on how the week is going - follow us @campaigncamp.
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