Influencing Change London

Advanced campaign training for London based change-makers

What is Influencing Change?

Take your campaigning skills to the next level. Refresh your knowledge of planning and delivering a campaign, then look at best and next practice in social change. You’ll leave with new knowledge, tools, confidence and networks to help you make the change you seek.

Taking place over five days, spread over three months, workshops include:

– the fundamentals of planning a campaign, from strategy to evaluation
– using digital tools
– influencing politicians
– using the law
– the power of creativity
– working in coalitions
– mobilising supporters
– self-care for campaigners.

You will also hear from leading thinkers and practitioners in the campaign community. Previous courses have featured campaigning heavyweights, including, No More Page 3, Shelter, Friends of the Earth, NSPCC, The Hillsborough Campaign and 38 degrees. As well as sessions run by the Houses of Parliament, New Philanthropy Capital, the BBC, and The Daily Mail.

We’ll support you to develop ideas alone and in groups, and apply what you learn to your own work.

You’ll also become a member of our Influencing Change London alumni network and be invited to two networking events each year.

Is there an option for follow-up support?

We offer the option to purchase follow-up mentoring support with a highly skilled campaign coach. And our alumni networking events are a great space for ongoing sharing and reflection with fellow campaigners.

When does it take place?

Day 1: Tuesday 22 January
Day 2: Wednesday 23 January
Day 3: Monday 25 February
Day 4: Tuesday 25 February
Day 5: Tuesday 26 March

Each day will take place in the new Trust for London offices in London. Exact venue TBC

Great! How do i apply?

Applications for Influencing Change 2019 are now open. To apply, please complete this application form. Deadline for applications in Monday 3rd December 12noon.

How will the training benefit me?

Don’t just take our word for it! Take a look at the impact Influencing Change had on previous participants.

Still not sure if it’s right for you?

If you’re interested in Influencing Change but not quite sure if it’s right for you, why not join us on the 10th October 9:00-10:30 for a free taster session. Not only will we provide you with free breakfast (yay), you’ll get first insight into exactly what our 5-day training covers- so you’ll know if it’s right for you. The taster session will also include time to look at the Social Change Grid- featured in our latest Social Power report- and a discussion about change making in London.

If you’re interested in being part of the discussion and want to join us to learn more about the training, please email info@smk.org.uk Limited places available!

What will i learn?

Content to be released shortly. If you’re interested to learn more, join us on 10th October for our free taster session (plus free breakfast!). See heading above.


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 by Trust for London). The fees are as follows:

The following fees apply to staff AND volunteers:

  • Large organisations (charities with a turnover of more than £5m; Local Authorities and private sector): £950
  • Medium organisations (turnover between £500k – £5m): £750
  • Small organisations (turnover between £100k – £500k): £520
  • Very small organisations (turnover less than £100k): £230
  • Individuals (this ticket type is for individuals who are NOT affiliated to an organisation or campaign group): £130
  • 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)

You are eligible to apply to participate in Influencing Change 2019 if:

  • you and/or your organisation are based in London.
  • you are 18 years or older;
  • you are available on all five of the course dates;
  • you are relatively new to the field of campaigning, or maybe you’ve been campaigning for several years but have never received any formal training;
  • you are currently involved in a campaign or about to start working on a campaign;
  • a significant proportion of your (proposed) campaign’s beneficiaries need to be based in London (although your campaign can be UK-wide).

The deadline for applications is Monday 3rd December at 12 noon.

  • The training helped me to understand how to go about planning and executing a campaign both theoretically and practically from meeting firsthand some great campaigners who came to speak with us on the course. The critical knowledge and skills I have developed have put me in great stead to move the campaign forward. It has helped me to think logically about campaigning and whether this was the best approach to achievement of the goals I wanted to achieve.

    elsie gayle
    Elsie Gayle, Influencing Change West Midlands 2016
  • I have a much better understanding of the full process of planning and delivering a campaign, being completely new to a campaigning role this has been invaluable. The varied programme that was tailored to the needs of the attendees was really beneficial to my development. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this excellent training.

    vicky horne
    Vicky Horne, Influencing Change London 2017

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