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Campaign Bootcamp

We thought that City of Sanctuary volunteers might be interested in Campaign Bootcamp, which provides intensive training and mentoring to help activists develop their campaigning skills and confidence.

Campaign Bootcamp is designed to give you the skills, network and confidence you need to campaign for change and we in City of Sanctuary have a vision of welcome for all refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and Ireland.  As part of that process we hope to change the asylum process in the UK to become fairer and more humane.  Destitution and detention– two common and traumatic experiences of asylum seekers are not welcoming at all and City of Sanctuary are part of the coalitions Still Human Still Here and The Detention Forum who campaign for change.

Campaign Bootcamp is a hands on learning environment. “Packed full of workshops, great speakers, discussion groups and high-octane real life scenarios you’ll learn what it takes to win.”

They value diversity and actively encourage and will provide support to people not currently represented in the campaigning sector; in particular women, people with disabilities and people of marginalised cultures, faiths and ethnicities.  So maybe you know asylum seekers or refugees that will be interested – if so please tell them about it and help them apply.

Campaign Bootcamp is for those of you who fired up about creating positive change and want to learn how to be an effective campaigner. It is a year long training programme designed to provide people with the skills, community and confidence 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.

Applications are open now and close at 0900 GMT on Tuesday the 29th of March. If you are shortlisted, your interview will be over Skype between Monday 4th and Wednesday 6th of April. To apply see their website.

Scholarships are on offer for campaigners and activists from grassroots groups like yours!

They’re also planning to pilot a new programme this year. It’s called the ‘Everyday Activism’ project and is intended to give basic training for people who want to run a campaign but can’t access the other training that’s out there. The idea is that it will be a bit like the Open University for campaigners. They’re looking for people who would be interested in talking to them about their plans, and potentially taking part in future.

If you’d like to find out more about either the Campaign Bootcamp or plans for the Everyday Activism project please contact Tamara-Jade Kaz – [email protected]