It’s been invaluable to have SMK involved in the work of the Charity Operating Environment group. They’ve ensured we’ve been able to reflect the views of grassroots campaigners as well as provided strategic insight into how best to influence government on this important agenda.
KarenTom Baker, Head of Campaigns and Engagement, Bond
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.
It has been inspiring and a boost to us. To know organizations, such as SMK and the sponsors, care about giving us, the people, a voice is amazing. To help enable people to campaign effectively and speak up for what they believe in, whether it be environmental justice or other worthwhile cause, is a fundamental human right.
KarenBarbara Richardson, Frack Free Lancashire, Environmental Justice Award winner 2016
The award really supported our case to get another year’s funding for our work and we have been training other young women in the North East to act as Domestic Abuse Champions in their schools and colleges and to reach as many young people as possible.
KarenLaura Christer and Sophie Murtha, Domestic Violence Peer Education Champions, Gender Equality Award winners 2016
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!).
KarenSarah Corbett, Craftivism, Economic Justice Award winner 2017
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.
KarenNatalie Fee, City to Sea, Environmental Justice Award winner 2017
The programme’s aims are excellent in encouraging campaigners to think realistically about the outcomes of their project and to give them the necessary support not only financially but also in terms of the practical feedback that is so valuable.
I really think this is a vital programme and the perfect partner for SMK’s professional campaign training. In the political environment we are facing, civil empowerment is more important than ever. It’s easy for the problems of the world to feel too big even to get started. The GAs fund enables that first step to doing something achievable.
Being able to present in front of a professional panel was excellent and no doubt will prove very useful experience this coming year. The funding itself is a total game changer for us, and has already meant we’ve reached a wider audience, and will continue to do so and to grow next year.