Scholarship Spotlight: The Housing Justice Scholarship

We just got the exciting news that we have secured scholarships for housing activists for our last Bootcamp of the year in October. Our new Housing Justice Scholarships are for grassroots activists tackling housing inequality in the UK.

Campaign Bootcamp is a training that gives activists and campaigners the skills, confidence and community to run powerful campaigns, and there's not long left to apply!

The deadline to apply for our last Bootcamp of 2017 is 9am on Tuesday 22nd August.

Funded by the Bertha Foundation, the Housing Justice Scholarship is for anyone with direct experience of housing problems. We will be prioritising poor and working-class people living in social housing for this scholarship. 

Everyone should have access to safe, stable and genuinely affordable housing. A good home is a place of sanctuary - somewhere that offers you a sense of security. But under austerity, we are seeing stable housing treated as a luxury. Social housing is being decimated; developers are being given free reign to gentrify working class areas and push out locals; survivors of domestic violence are being turned away from housing; rogue landlords are cutting corners on our safety; and, for many, rent is sky high.

As we grieve and rage for the victims of the Grenfell fire, it's clear that now is the time for action. It is urgent that those fighting for fair living conditions and housing justice are supported on their journey. That's why it's so important to all of us on the Bootcamp team that we make sure housing campaigners have access to our training through this scholarship.

What does the Housing Justice scholarship include?

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 thoughtful and confidence-building training for a group of 35 enthusiastic activists. The topics we cover include 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 follow up support, including mentoring and extra events.

The scholarship covers training, food and accommodation. We also offer assistance paying for travel to and from the venue should you need it.

Don't wait to apply! The deadline to apply is 9am on Tuesday 22nd August.

Check out a couple of the amazing grassroots housing activists who have attended Bootcamp previously. 

Darren, Bootcamp 9

Image Description: Darren stands outside in Brixton, London holding a sign that reads 'I support #cltlambeth genuinely and permanently affordable housing.'

Image Description: Darren stands outside in Brixton, London holding a sign that reads 'I support #cltlambeth genuinely and permanently affordable housing.'

Darren, who joined us on Bootcamp earlier this year, is an activist born and raised in Brixton in London. He currently campaigns for Community Land Trust houses (CLT houses) in his local area of Lambeth. He believes that young people don't see a future for themselves in the areas where they grew up because of extreme housing costs and gentrification. With the CLT campaign, he is calling for Lambeth Council to create genuinely and permanently affordable housing. Outside of campaigning, Darren plays a range of sports and performs spoken word.

After Bootcamp, Darren was featured in an article in The Guardian about young people who have been involved in activist trainings - you can read the article here.

JASMIN, BOOTCAMP 9

Image Description: Jasmin sits at a desk with Lucy with notebooks and pens in front of her, chatting at Bootcamp

Image Description: Jasmin sits at a desk with Lucy with notebooks and pens in front of her, chatting at Bootcamp

Jasmin also joined us on Bootcamp 9 this year. She campaigns for social housing and advocates for those from marginalised backgrounds in her community, specifically Somali people. She volunteers at West Ken and Gibbs Green Community Homes, an organisation that seeks to save homes from being demolished to make way for luxury flats. She also works at Community Education Forum, a grassroots organisation that runs projects like English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes and domestic violence awareness. Outside of campaigning, Jasmin studies English and Creative Writing.

Want to join our community of passionate campaigners? Then don't miss your chance to apply for this important scholarship.

TO SUM UP

  • Deadline is 9am Tuesday 22nd August 2017
  • Bootcamp 11 will take place between Monday 16th - Saturday 21st October
  • Full and partial scholarships available for grassroots campaigners
  • Email hello@campaignbootcamp.org with any questions you may have
  • Click the button below to apply