Campaign workshops

“This workshop was the start of an evolving process of learning from inspirational campaigners and experts.  It helped open my mind to more creative ways of elevating a campaign.”
- Frances Abson, London workshop 2012

SMK runs a series of half-day and one-day introductory level campaign workshops throughout the UK to equip people with the skills to bring about change at a local or national level. The programme is supported by the Tudor Trust.

If you would like information about how these workshops can be adapted for your organisation and delivered in-house, please email Harmit Kambo.

Upcoming workshops

 

Brighton
Run in partnership with Community Works

Date: Tuesday 3rd June 2014
Time: 9.45am - 4.00pm (full day workshop)
Venue: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG (http://www.communitybase.org/map/communitybase)

Speakers: Harmit Kambo, Learning & Development Manager, SMK; Councillor Bill Randall, Brighton & Hove Green Party; Bibi van der Zee, Freelance Journalist (regular contributor to the Guardian, Ecologist and New Statesman) and author of the Protestor's Handbook.

Complete the registration form and email to Caroline Rose. Please note that the form has to be filled in personally by each individual wishing to attend the workshop.

Nottingham
Date: Tuesday 10th June 2014
Time: 9.45am - 4.00pm (full day workshop)
Venue: Friends Meeting House, 25 Clarendon Street, Nottingham NG1 5JD (http://goo.gl/maps/yh4s9)

The session will be facilitated by Harmit Kambo, Learning & Development Manager, SMK.

Complete the registration form and email to Caroline Rose. Please note that the form has to be filled in personally by each individual wishing to attend the workshop.

Manchester

Run in partnership with Macc
Date: Friday 13th June 2014
Time: 9.45am - 4.00pm (full day workshop)
Venue: Methodist Central Buildings, Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JQ (http://www.methodistcentralbuildings.org.uk/contact-us/)

The session will be facilitated by Harmit Kambo, Learning & Development Manager, SMK.

Complete the registration form and email to Caroline Rose. Please note that the form has to be filled in personally by each individual wishing to attend the workshop.

Cardiff
Run in partnership with Cardiff Third Sector Council

Date: Wednesday 18th June 2014
Time: 9.45am - 4.00pm (full day workshop)
Venue: Trowbridge Community Centre, 91 Caernarvon Way, Trowbridge, Cardiff CF31 1TN (https://goo.gl/maps/ES6OG)

Speakers: Harmit Kambo, Learning & Development Manager, SMK; Jenny Rathbone AM, Assembly Member for Cardiff Central.

Complete the registration form and email to Caroline Rose. Please note that the form has to be filled in personally by each individual wishing to attend the workshop.


Fee

SMK’s ‘Introduction to Campaigning’ workshop programme is part-funded by the Tudor Trust.

While we want to ensure that we can continue to provide sustainable support to grassroots campaigners for free, we ask those individuals and organisations who can afford it to pay a fee (although this is still heavily subsidised). At the same time we have broadened the range of individuals and groups who can access our workshops for free. The fees are as follows:

•    Medium and large organisations - staff & volunteers (turnover more than £500k):
£60 for half-day workshops / £80 for full day workshops

•    Small organisations - staff & volunteers (turnover between £100k - £500k):
£30 for half-day workshops / £40 for full day workshops

•    Very small organisations and groups - staff & volunteers (turnover less than £100k):
£15 for half-day workshops / £20 for full day workshops

•    Individuals (this ticket type is for individuals who are NOT affiliated to an organisation or campaign group): £10

•    Individuals (unwaged/students/low income) and grassroots groups with NO funds: FREE (please note, we cannot cover travel or other costs you may incur in attending)

A buffet lunch and refreshments are provided as part of the fee for full day events. For half day events we provide tea and coffee and light refreshments only. If you have access needs or dietary requirements please let Caroline know when you register.

We can only offer refunds for cancellations made in writing at least 10 days before the course. However, if there is a waiting list for the course, we may be able to offer you a refund even if you cancel with less than 10 days notice. Please email caroline.rose@smk.org.uk if you want to cancel your place.


Who should attend?

These workshops are geared towards beginner campaigners.  The workshop provides the opportunity to find out how to develop a campaign strategy and identify the key skills needed to run an effective campaign. They are suitable for those interested in influencing the policy decisions that affect their community or the people their organisation supports.

Participants will already be involved at a basic level of campaigning or are just about to get started - whether you are challenging local authority social care changes or protesting against a local incinerator - if you want practical information about the next steps, then our campaign workshop is for you.

Please note that, depending on demand, we may restrict places to one per organisation.

What will you learn?

After the workshop, participants will have improved their skills and knowledge to be more effective campaigners. In particular, they will gain:

  • Insight into the successful features of a campaign.
  • Knowledge about the key steps in planning a campaign.
  • Insights directly from a journalist and local MP/MLA/MSP/AM/Councillor about how to gain support for your campaign (this only applies to full day workshops).
  • A chance to meet other campaigners, developing their professional network and receiving peer support.

“After hearing from a councillor and a journalist, they have given me an understanding of how to approach Government as well as the media. I would definitely be more confident about contacting decision-makers and journalists.”
Campaign workshop participant, 2012

Find out here what the day provided for a previous workshop attendee.

 

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