Want to improve your campaign skills, and get away for a week?
DPAC and the Campaign Bootcamp are offering aspiring up and coming activists a unique and exciting opportunity to take part in a residential campaign training course in Spring 2014. The course; Campaign Bootcamp (www.campaignbootcamp.org) will run from:
Monday 9th March 2014 – Friday 14th March 2014
at a venue (TBC) in the outskirts of London. The venue will be fully wheelchair accessible.
Campaign Bootcamp is a new organisation which ran its first course in June 2013, to address the lack of opportunities young campaigners get to access quality, relevant training across all forms of campaigning. The course covers, amongst other topics; The Theory of Change, Campaign Strategy, Politics & Power and Working in Coalition. Attendees will also be matched with session facilitators to receive 12 months mentoring and support.
Course organisers promise ‘a week of experiential and practical training, using the best digital tools’. Previous attendees of the course include Aaron D’Souza (Deputy Field Organiser for Barack Obamas re-election campaign) and Rebecca Hay (formerly 38 Degrees & Love Music Hate Racism). Supporters include Action Aid, Friends of the Earth and 38 Degrees. Sessions were facilitated by amongst others Liberty, Greenpeace and Change.org.
Applications for the course close at 09.00am on:
Saturday 21th December 2013 (this Saturday)
and can be made by following the link below. (Application are processed by Campaign Bootcamp. Final allocation of places are made by Campaign Bootcamp and successful applicants will be notified by Monday morning; DPAC plays no role in either process and simply acts as a link between organisers and disabled activists).
Campaign Bootcamp will support disabled activists through scholarship places to attend the course, i.e. costs will be covered. The exact number of scholarship places has yet to be decided.
The course will be a 5 day residential (applicants are expected to attend all 5 days). This means you will be living and learning at the same site. To make sure organisers can work with you and address any potential barriers, you will also need to let organisers know the following:
What support works for you in a learning environment (e.g. aids/equipment such as specialised seating or wheelchair accessible desks; or maybe support such as a PA or a scribe),
What support works for you in a living environment (e.g. accessible accommodation, PA support for daily routine). Please let organisers know if you already have or can arrange your own PA support.
Campaign Bootcamp organisers said ‘Campaign Bootcamp is for any aspiring campaigner who wants to learn from the best about how to run internet-speed campaigns, so we’re delighted that DPAC is able to let your activists know about it. It’s hard work but lots of fun – just like a real campaign. We hope that you not only come away with the confidence to run a campaign but a network of campaigners who can support you.
Linda Burnip from DPAC said ‘we are delighted to be able to offer our members the chance to take part in a new venture which can offer so much. There has been a real lack of quality training at a time when activists need it most, when their appetite for action is strongest. This course offers a programme which will prepare activists for every aspect of campaigning. Knowing that accessibility isn’t an issue means activists can get on with the important work – sharpening their skills for the fights to come’.