People’s Choice Award
Nine of our ten Awards are sponsored but the People’s Choice Award – which recognises a particularly high-profile campaign or campaigner – is both supported and decided by you – our friends and supporters. Celebrating the achievements of effective and inspiring campaigners is at the heart of what we do here at the Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) –and funding is vital in helping us do this. Thank you to everyone who donated, altogether we raised £1,170, helping us recognise outstanding campaigners at our 2017 SMK Campaigner Awards!
Please see below for details on this year’s winner.
2017 Peoples Choice Award winner
Roger Casale, who founded New Europeans in 2013 to represent the rights of EU citizens and encourage them to engage more in European politics. In 2016 they launched a campaign following the vote for the UK to leave the European Union, which aims to secure the post-Brexit rights of the 3.3m EU citizens currently resident in the UK. Roger has led the campaign focusing on mobilising individuals and direct lobbying of politicians, which has helped to change the narrative of how EU citizens are viewed. The campaign has led to the setting up of a new All Party Parliamentary Group on Freedom of Movement.
2016 Peoples Choice Award winner
Hear my Voice
Sam Jefferies helped run the Hear My Voice campaign, which was launched by Mencap in the run up to the last General Election to engage more people with a learning disability in the process, and encourage more decision makers to listen to their voices. Sam, a volunteer who has a learning disability, has been at the forefront of this campaign sharing his own personal story and encouraging others with learning disabilities to speak out.
2015 Peoples Choice Award winner
Youth Alcohol Group
2015 Peoples Choice Award winners
This group of 10-12 young people from across the UK aged between 16 and 20 years have campaigned over the last three years to raise awareness of irresponsible alcohol advertising that children are exposed to today, particularly via social media. Chante Joseph, a member of the Council said “It’s fantastic to be recognized for what we’ve achieved so far but there’s more to do. Underestimate young people at your peril”.