Celebrating the best in campaigning

Each year, SMK celebrates the best campaigns and campaigners – whether working locally or nationally, and from individuals and community groups to people working in large organisations. Our interest is in finding those who have made change happen – most effectively, creatively and courageously. This year, winners will receive their award at a special evening ceremony in London on Wednesday 27th March 2019.

Our ten categories and their descriptions are listed below. Nominations for this years Awards are now closed. Nominations for the 2020 Awards will open at the end of 2019.

To recognise a successful campaign that has used digital tools and technology in innovative and powerful ways.
Celebrating a campaign that has successfully used the law to drive change - whether using existing legislation to leverage rights and protections or using strategic litigation to strengthen existing or create new legislation. Sponsored by Bates Wells & Braithwaite. Sponsored by
To recognise campaigns that successfully challenge poor or unfair consumer practise, or which successfully promote or strengthen consumer rights and protection. Sponsored by Which? Sponsored by
This award recognises campaigns led by multiple partners in ways which are creative, respectful and genuinely collaborative. Sponsored by Frederick Mulder Foundation. Sponsored by
This Award recognises campaigns either led by or that give voice and profile to those groups who are least heard. It could be any group within the protected characteristics of age; disability; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; and pregnancy and maternity.
This Award celebrates a successful campaign that has taken place at a local community level. It could be led by one or many but will have led to a change that benefits all of or a significant portion of the local community. Sponsored by
This Award is all about the little guys. It celebrates individuals or small campaign groups that take on much bigger organisations and challenge vested power. Sponsored by Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust. Sponsored by
Celebrating campaigns instigated, delivered and led by a person or people under the age of 30. Sponsored by The Blagrave Trust. Sponsored by
This Award recognises an individual who has provided outstanding leadership to their organisation or community in pursuit of change. Sponsored by Prospectus. Sponsored by
To recognise the work and contribution of an exceptional individual who has campaigned over a long period of time.
  • Winning the SMK Award for Environmental Justice has been an important landmark in my career as a campaigner, as well as for my organisation, City to Sea. I'm personally very proud to have won the award and feel it's been very significant.

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    Natalie Fee, City to Sea, Environmental Justice Award winner 2017
  • Professionally, being able to say I'm an 'award winning campaigner' really helps me have more credibility in what I do. Personally, it has given me more confidence to spread my 'gentle protest' approach to activism and craftivism and it really encourages me when I'm tired or doubting the impact we are having (activism is hard to measure as we all know!).

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    Sarah Corbett, Craftivism, Economic Justice Award winner 2017
  • Winning the award for our Inside Out Campaign has not only filled our staff and supporters with a great deal of pride but it gives gravitas to the message we are trying to spread through the campaign. Our Inside Out campaign is ongoing and being able to now promote it as a Sheila McKechnie Foundation National Award Winner gives it real kudos. Thank you so much for your support.  

    Shirley Smith, Inside Out, Health Award winner 2016
  • Receiving the SMK Campaigners Award for Transport gave my campaign (#LondonBusWatch) a significant morale boost at a critical time.  Although none of us campaigners do what we do for recognition, to find myself in the company of such an accomplished and energetic group of activists was both inspiring and gratifying.  

    Tom Kearney, London Bus Watch, Transport Award winner 2016
  • The National Campaigner Awards are a breath of fresh air for us; awards where real impact is acknowledged, celebrated and supported in a way that also helped to share knowledge and experience rather than pitting nominees against each other. We were delighted to win an award and it was wonderful to celebrate in the success of all the other winners and nominees on the night.  

    Outlandish, School Cuts, Best Digital Campaign winner 2018
  • UKWIN is honoured by this recognition of the courage of our inspiring volunteers. UKWIN’s members bravely take on, and support each other to face up to, the many challenges that arise when demanding environmental justice for our communities.This award will strengthen the anti-incineration movement’s determination, and I want to thank the Sheila McKechnie Foundation on behalf of everyone involved with UKWIN. We are determined and we are grateful  

    UKWIN, David and Goliath winner 2018
  • We are incredibly honoured to receive this award. We are just one of the many campaigns representing the diverse queer community across the city, who have seen so many of their vital spaces taken away. This award is a recognition of how important this issue is, and that by joining together we can fight back!  

    Friends of the Joiners Arms, Best Community Campaign winner 2018

2018 Awards

On Thursday 23 March we held a wonderful and inspiring 12th Campaigner Awards in London. Learn more about the winners below.

Previous Awards

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