Meet the Bootcampers
Our fifth Bootcamp is just around the corner, it'll take place on the 18th - 23rd of October in tranquil Yorkshire.
After weeks of deliberating over applicants, we have put together a cohort of 35 fantastic campaigners committed to creating a fairer, greener and more equal society, from the 208 that applied.
We're looking forward to sharing our experiences, skills and knowledge with one another and learning communally what it takes to be an effective campaigner in the digital age.
We can't wait to get stuck in! In the mean time, have a read about the inspiring bootcampers joining us in Ilkley, Yorkshire and our organising team below
I work as campaign officer at Caritas Internationalis where I spend time hatching plans as to how to make the most out of the untapped campaigning potential of a global confederation of 164 national member organisations. I consider myself particularly fortunate in having been exposed to a variety of cultures/countries over the years. I love maximising a sense of belonging and ownership in any projects I embark on and I’m keen on applied theatre as a form of social cohesion and change.
I do campaigns for the Swedish campaign organisation Skiftet. I'm really interested in equality between men and women and in making better conditions for the young generation (my generation). On my free time I love skiing, sailing and biking.
I'm a Forest Campaigner at Greenpeace Southeast Asia based in Indonesia. My work is focused mainly on the palm oil sector and in corporate outreach to protect the remaining forests in Indonesia. I started my career working in various NGOs and joined Greenpeace in 2013 to campaign for forests protection and what is left of these extraordinary ecosystems because I believe that without healthy, thriving forests, planet Earth cannot survive
I help run grassroots education charity EFA London where we provide free participatory English language classes for migrants in South London and take action with our students. I'm also involved with anti-austerity activism outside work and am developing a feminist SRE (sex and relationship education) project with a paediatrician from UCL. I'm drawn to quite a few different causes, so still trying to work out where I can best make a difference in the world!
I'm extremely concerned about the gross inequality that exists in society. I currently working with 38 Degrees as a Campaigns Intern. Outside of work I enjoy watching football, reading and writing poetry, cooking and listening to music.
I care about the NHS, one of the most civilised and civilising institutions of the age. I am currently busy defending it as best I can. I also enjoy being on my allotment, surrounded by nature, organically gardening.
I care about the basic human rights of LGBTI people and other minorities. I'm dedicated to campaigning a fair and just world for everybody and I'm interested in building alliances with other stakeholders in the struggle for justice and equality.
I have just joined the 38 Degrees team and look forward to campaigning against social injustice and countering damaging media narratives. I have previously been involved in the anti-austerity movement and have learnt a lot from working with refugees and detainees in various parts of the UK. Having grown up in Bradford, I am a dyed-in-the-wool northerner and in my spare time I love travelling, reading and developing a passion for bizarre musical sub-genres.
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.
I am a civil engineering graduate, PhD student, dedicated to changing the world one campaign at a time. I love volunteering and I am passionate about mental health. In my spare time I enjoy writing poetry.
I'm Fran, and I work on climate campaigns that challenge people to see climate change as something personal and emotional. Things that make me tick: community and communal living, working for a better food system, and migrant rights (and figuring out how to combine all three!)
I'm a postgraduate student in disability studies and global development. Disability is an issue I'm particularly passionate about due to personal experience and it has led me to build disability based social enterprises. This is what keeps me busy and helps me to make a huge difference.
Having only recently gotten involved in campaigning, activism is something that’s really new to me. My background has mainly centered around data analysis and creating systems within the technology world. Now at the Save the Children, I’m campaigning on the refugee crisis and for better quality nurseries across the UK.
I was born and grew up in Germany, but am currently studying Disability Studies and Social Research at the University of Leeds. I have previously also lived in Ethiopia and Vietnam, and want to contribute to a global network of passionate disability justice activists - access, participation and dignity for all is my dream.
I work as policy manager at Clinks. I have worked in the voluntary sector for over ten years and previously completed an MA in Human Rights. My previous work includes developing policy at the Community Development Foundation; service development for the British Red Cross international tracing and message services; and working to support refugee and migrant community organisations. In my spare time I volunteer for Prison Reading Groups and have previously mentored refugees.
I work for the British Red Cross, advocating on issues of refugee and asylum seekers in the UK, health and social care and first aid. My advocacy background is in immigration detention and I remain passionate about the subject.
I've travelled a lot, a veteran volunteer, fundraiser & activist just about to start a paid internship with 38 degrees. I've most recently been working to engage young people in social action; engaging, educating and empowering the next generation of leaders. I am passionate about so many different social issues and am currently trying to expand my knowledge and campaign nous on the links between environmentalism and social justice.
I currently work for Youth Access, where among other things I campaign for young people's rights, particularly those who are ignored by the system. There are a lot of issues I care about, but in particular I am interested in mental health, human rights and fighting social injustice.
My name is Kayleigh, I'm 18 years old and have just began my Musical theatre and charity development degree!! I am a manual wheelchair user who spends their spare time playing basketball and piano. I want to change the accessibility of public transport in order to develop a true sense of disability equality in society.
I am an anthropologist, network builder and innovation expert. I am all about public-private partnerships to establish new business models and scale innovations.
I work as a neighbourhood community worker for a faith partnership in Luton and volunteer as an archery coach and project manager for a careers advice group. I am passionate about global issues relating to war and injustice.
I'm an undergraduate studying Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. As a campaigner for mental health awareness, I founded the organisation 'Meeting of Minds' to bring an academic spotlight to this issue. I also act as the co-chair of the charity 'Mind your Head, Oxford'.
I'm a 20 year old student of life with a deep-seated love for the environment and burning passion for egalitarian causes. I create podcasts on activism in London for Inform My Opinion and I support many different environmental and social justice organisations and groups in London.
I'm an Operations Manager for the Food Campaign at Greenpeace International. I focus my work and a lot of my free time on environmental issues, though I am particularly keen on food and agricultural topics. I love learning and challenging myself, growing food, experimental cooking and rediscovering the world around me with my 2.5 year old son.
I am a human rights activist passionate about local & international issues. I would say I'm a angry feminist and I'm kept busy by working & supporting people who have been affected by honour based violence , forced marriages and Domestic violence. A large amount of my work as a campaigner is in the LGBTQ community and entails exploring the issues around Race & Religion in the context of gender & sexuality.
I work for PCS Trade Union, I'm a trustee on the Stonewall board and I'm the co-founder & Executive Director of UK Black Pride. I have been named in the Independent Rainbow List as one of the top 100 most influential LGBT people. I have worked tirelessly to bring together LGBT activists, artists, volunteers and supporters from within the LGBT community and beyond to support UK Black Pride and other such events.
I work as a campaigner for De-clic.ro, Romania. For the past 7 years I've been living in Cluj-Napoca but I grew up in a small mountain village, from where I get my love for nature and ecology. In university I have studied Japanese and I love to learn new languages. I am a very active person, I like hiking and practicing Krav-Maga.
I am a retired local government officer and now devote my time to campaigning in Haringey mainly in health matters .I am a leading member of the local 38 Degrees group and have campaigned recently to stop the sell off of a local hospital St Anns ,on social care provision, against TTIP , and against Council services cuts.
I'm a campaigner that established Justice4Sanaz in April 2013 to speak out and fight for non-EU international and BME students within the Eurocentric, neoliberalized academic industrial complex. British universities are using non-EU international students as little more than “cash cows” to prop up an an ailing and unequal H.E. system that thrives on divide and rule tactics to keep students and staff fighting each other rather than against the systems oppressing them.
I am a socialist, feminist, activist and advocate of peace. I believe in social justice and freedom of expression. I like to share my views creatively through spoken word poetry.
I currently work for the National Union of Students' as a Project Manager for Campus Cohesion Faith and Belief. I'm passionate about working with marginalised groups to help develop their leadership skills to inspire positive change in the world. As a Punjabi I love food and enjoy cooking dishes from across India. I also love music festivals and enjoy spending time in a muddy field.
I am passionate that the changes to Health and Social Care Space don't disadvantage the Disabled and Vulnerable members of our Society. I am also active campaigner in all matters of Equality, in particular in the area of accessibility to public transport, buildings and services to persons with (pan-)disabilities and in particular those are Wheelchair bound.
I care about environmental justice and human rights issues. Joining Greenpeace was an opportunity for me to bring my contribution to the fight for preserving our forests, community rights in Congo basin and communities in Cameroon affected by land grabbing and illegal logging.
I care about the disparities in levels of education amongst young people, the trauma faced by young women and girls who witness murder and the affects of relationship abuse, sexual and gang associated violence.
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.
I'm passionate about campaigning for social justice. Specifically, against poverty, inequality and for the fair and ethical treatment of refugees and migrants. I also really care about working to give everybody access to politics, especially those from marginalized backgrounds. I'm also active within Trade Union organising and convener of the Glasgow Young Greens.
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.
Eleanor is Senior Campaigns Officer at the Royal College of GPs, currently grappling with how to run a health campaign over the four different UK healthcare systems. She has a background supporting disabled and student campaigners to make change by training and providing strategic campaigns and policy advice. After setting up the North Campaigns Forum from Sheffield, she advocates community-led campaigning, and the need to improve campaigning infrastructure outside of London.
Guppi is European Lead Organiser for the New Economy Organisers Network, a project off of the New Economics Foundation. She spends her time travelling across Europe meeting amazing activists working on systemic economic change. She's interested in growing power through community: and how it can be used strategically to liberate us from neo-liberalism. She's also well into pottery, spoon carving and bread baking.
I have a degree in Law and Social Anthropology from SOAS, University of London, which ignited my passion for human rights and social justice. I currently work in the Social Marketing and Children & Young People's teams at Time to Change, England's biggest programme to end the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems. I'm interested in intersectionality, with a particular interest in the experiences of black people within the mental health system.
I live in Cumbria and busy myself with community organising and facilitating. I spend a lot of my time working with citizens to support them in their struggles to influence the policies that effect their daily lives using democratic tools such as Citizens Juries, Participatory Budgeting etc. For the past ten years I've been active with Global Justice Now as well as working for a number of social enterprises in the NW that focus in particular on public health issues.
Lucas is a social entrepreneur bound to change the world. As team member of Escola de Ativismo (School of Activism), Lucas has been working both with NGOs and grassroots movements in Brazil to empower activists to reach their full potential.
Scholarships for refugees and migrants working on issues that affect their communities. Made possible thanks to our friends at MailChimp.
Care2 is a community of nearly 30 million people standing together for good. People use Care2 to start campaigns every day and we're delighted that Care2 have launched a scholarship so petition starters can attend Bootcamp.
We are committed to challenging this status quo by supporting and training people from historically oppressed and under-represented groups.
That’s why we’re excited to offer the Shami Chakrabarti scholarships committed social change campaigners from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.
This scholarship is possible thanks to the amazing support of ActionAid, Save The Children and Betterworld.
Read about Mikayla's experience of Bootcamp when she came on the Shami Chakrabarti scholarship on our blog here!
Susan Cook came on the first Campaign Bootcamp and generously donated money to launch a scholarship for disabled campaigners to come to future Bootcamps. Thanks to our friends at Scope we're able to keep this Scholarship going for another year.
Read about Rebecca's experience of Bootcamp on our blog here!
Trust for London have generously provided funding for campaigners working to tackle poverty and inequality in London. These are available to volunteer campaigners as well as people working at small and medium sized NGOs.
Read about Jason's experience of Bootcamp when he came on the Trust for London scholarship on our blog here!
We love UpRising and are delighted to be able to have a scholarship for a graduate of the UpRising programme
We're delighted to be able to provide a scholarship for new members of the Online Progressie Engagement Network (OPEN).
Our friends at the Greenpeace Environmental Trust have created a scholarship for 2 environmental activists to attend Campaign Bootcamp.
The kind team at Lush have agreed to provide a scholarship for environmental and human rights campaigners. Amazing!
The wonderful people at the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust have supported five scholarships per year for BME participants based outside London.