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The Sheila McKechnie Foundation is a unique charity.

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) is here to support individuals, groups and communities to have the skills and confidence to speak up and take effective action on issues that matter to them. We do this by connecting, informing and supporting campaigners.

All our work is focused on empowering people to have a voice. The bulk of our work is focused on those who are new to campaigning, are marginalised, have few resources and cannot get the support they need elsewhere.

Our work includes:

  • Introductory, intermediate and advanced courses: to equip people with the skills to bring about change
  • Policy/influencing: to challenge laws, policies and regulations that diminish peoples’ ability to have their voices heard 
  • our online networking hub, connecting and informing campaigners
  • Conferences and events: to inspire, inform and facilitate networking 
  • The SMK Recognition Awards: to celebrate people who have and are creating change
  •  More about us