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!
Roger Casale – #RightToStay
Roger 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. @rogercasale
Emily Stott and Sophie Barber started the Childfare campaign in August 2016 out of frustration that various attractions and travel companies were charging young people between the ages of 16 – 18 years old, full adult prices for services and attractions. Emily and Sophie have appeared in various media outlets, including the BBC, Sunday Times and Radio 4, and have directly lobbied a range of MPs and company bosses. Successes to date include a new “Childfare Hero Status”, to recognise companies that do not charge 16 – 18 year olds full adult prices. @Childfare
Alex Flynn, the head of media and campaigns at Unite the Union, led a campaign which was launched to expose poor employment practices at Sports Direct and put pressure on the company to change. The campaign engaged directly with workers making them aware of their employment rights and encouraging them to organise, as well as targeting Sports Direct. The campaign led to commitments for changes from Sports Direct senior management team, including a commitment to staff representation on their board and over £1million in back pay to Sports Direct staff who were not paid the minimum wage. @alextf75 @unitetheunion
Johann Malawana, one of the main public faces who led the high-profile campaign against the Government’s new contract for junior doctors. He worked tirelessly to encourage thousands of people (not just doctors) to support the campaign, resulting in over 120,000 people signing a parliamentary petition and a YouGov poll in November 2015 that showed that the majority of the public backed the junior doctor’s campaign. @johannmalawana