Celebrating the best in campaigning

The National Campaigner Awards 2018 took place on Wednesday 21st March. Over a hundred and twenty guests joined us at The Foundry for another fantastic celebration of some of the UK’s most effective and inspiring campaigners.

The Awards this year were structured around ten new categories allowing us to really hone in on excellence in campaigning. Please see below for details of the 2018 winners. Our congratulations to all our the winners, runners-up and ‘ones to watch’. Our heartfelt thanks to our sponsors, to all those who helped make the evening such a success, and to all those who nominated a campaign this year.

Nominations for the 2019 National Campaigner Awards will open in November of this year.

Outlandish- School Cuts

School Cuts was set up to inform the public about the national crisis in school funding. It has been widely praised for its innovative approach, accessible design and wide reach. It helped to move education funding to the forefront of the 2017 general election debate by informing hundreds of thousands of voters. The site was built by Outlandish for the National Education Union (NEU) and employs a bold, simple design to show users how every school in England and Wales is being affected by the funding crisis.

Members of the public can quickly look-up any school they care about and find estimates as to how it will be affected under the Government’s current plans. Estimates are calculated by the NEU, based on official figures, and frequently updated as government policy changes and new evidence comes to light. The website has amassed nearly eight million page views to date. It was visited by more than 670,000 people in the two months between the announcement of the 2017 election and polling day. @outlandish


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Child Bereavement UK- #OneMoreMinute 

The #OneMoreMinute campaign hinged on one powerful question about the people we have lost: ‘What would you say if you could have one more minute?’ Child Bereavement UK rallied celebrities and the public to share their answers across digital channels, signposting people to support. By encouraging conversations about death and grieving, it reduced the isolation that many bereaved families feel.

ONE TO WATCH
Usman Mohammed- McDonald’s workers’ pay and conditions 

This campaign engaged 2,000 McDonald’s employees, working with them to crowdfund and produce a documentary (to be released in 2018) exposing tough conditions. They want better pay, guaranteed minimum hours and improved health and safety. Using digital tools like chatbots (complete with engaging emoji’s) the campaign encouraged workers to share their views and experiences anonymously, McDonald’s CEO, Paul Pomroy was moved to offer a rare reply.

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Unison Legal Services- Campaign to Remove Employment Tribunal Fees

Employment tribunal fees were introduced in July 2013. After a four-year legal battle, led by Unison’s in-house legal team, the Supreme Court ruled that the fees regime was unlawful.

In a landmark judgment, it found that the right of access to the courts, which is essential to the rule of law and guaranteed by Magna Carta, was breached by the Fees Order. The Supreme Court said that the level at which fees were set contravened elementary economics and plain common sense.

The court stressed that access to justice is of value to society as a whole, especially where cases (like employment tribunals) establish important principles. Unison emphasises that, whilst eradicating tribunal fees was the big story, the case also addressed a vital constitutional issue: that statutory rights established by parliament cannot be undermined with only minimal parliamentary scrutiny. @unisontweets


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Amanda Kopel- Frank’s Law

When her late husband, Frank, was diagnosed with dementia, Amanda discovered that under- 65s suffering from degenerative conditions were not entitled to free personal care. Frank died in 2014, but in 2017 Amanda secured a promise from the Scottish Government to extend care to this group. At least 9000 families in Scotland will benefit from the introduction of free personal care for everyone who requires it, regardless of age.

ONE TO WATCH
Nia (with support from Centre for Women’s Justice)- I’m No Criminal

This successful legal case challenged the system in which criminal convictions arising from street prostitution appear in employment and safeguarding checks. Victims of abuse and exploitation have been labelled and punished for something that was in a large part done to them. Nia continues to argue that it discriminates against women and breaches the UK’s obligations on trafficking.

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Adam Webb & Mark McLaren- FanFair Alliance 
Claire Turnham- Victim of Viagogo

FanFair Alliance and Victim of Viagogo work to make event ticketing in the UK more fan-friendly. Since their launch in July 2016, they have campaigned to raise awareness of fans being ripped off when buying tickets through secondary ticketing websites.

FanFair Alliance has had a busy and successful 18 months. Consumers reclaimed over £250,000 (working with Claire Turnham’s Victim of Viagogo campaign); their consume guide helped fans navigate the complex ticketing market; from April 2018, the law will ban excessive ticket purchases; National Trading Standards secured at least £300,000 of extra funding to enforce the law; the Competition and Markets Authority is conducting a major enforcement investigation; Google launched a global certification scheme for ticket re-sale websites; the Advertising Standards Agency upheld complaints about misleading marketing; the Select Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport continues to investigate the sector; and FanFair Alliance continues to work with the All Party Group on Ticket Abuse.

All this has been achieved with the equivalent of just one full-time person (in reality a bit of Adam, Mark and Claire) plus voluntary and financial support from a wide range of industry supporters, including Ed Sheeran. @FanFairAlliance @clairelouisetur


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Jo Rossi- Get Us To Work

After the pressure of commuting to a part-time role in London forced her to change jobs, Jo launched Get Us To Work to win fairer rail fares for part-time commuters. She felt that other part-time workers should not have to leave their jobs because of the cost of travel (80% of part-time workers are women); and that the lack of part-time season tickets was contributing to the ‘glass ceiling’ and the under-representation of women in higher-tier jobs.

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Crisis- No One Turned Away

No One Turned Away (NOTA) campaigned for every homeless person to get the help they need. Most single homeless people in England were not considered ‘in priority need’ and were often turned away by councils, potentially to sleep on the streets.

The campaign secured the first significant change in homelessness legislation in England for 40 years. From April, English councils will be obliged to help people at risk of becoming or who are already homeless, regardless of whether they are deemed ‘intentionally homeless’ or in priority need.

Crisis worked with Cardboard Citizens to build an evidence base. They then convened a panel to develop legislative proposals, found an MP (Bob Blackman, Conservative MP for Harrow East) to sponsor a bill, mobilised 80,000 supporters, built a coalition of support among the homelessness sector, and persuaded the Government to support the Bill.

At a crucial stage, the campaign became Back the Bill – a brand-neutral coalition to draw together the campaigning homelessness sector. Large and small organisations from across the country were involved from early on. Their co-ordinated efforts at the vital time delivered an agile and powerful voice – including those with lived experience of homelessness – which convinced MPs from all parties to Back the Bill all the way to the statute book. @crisis_uk @CardboardCitz @StMungos 


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The Woodland Trust- Tree Charter

The Charter for Trees, Woods and People has brought together 70 diverse organisations and 130,000 individuals to consider the role of trees in their lives and landscapes. Local councils have been recruited to be bastions of the Tree Charter Principles, and a schools model (and partnership with the National Union of Students) will use the charter to engage and inspire future generations.

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Let Us Learn 

Let Us Learn seeks to secure equal access to higher education for young migrants. Hosted by the charity Just for Kids Law, this youth-led initiative works with over 900 young people between the ages of 16 and 24, from over 70 different countries who have made the UK their home.

Let Us Learn works to ensure that young migrants have high aspirations and can fully contribute to British society. At the campaign’s heart is a mission to equip young people to take ownership of their narrative, using a powerful tool called ‘Story of Self’. Having been empowered, each young person then commits to developing their peers. In 2015, Let Us Learn submitted evidence to the Supreme Court in a case that led to a change in student finance rules, giving young migrants equal access. In 2016, they launched their Young Gifted and Blocked campaign, which has so far persuaded sixteen universities to change their scholarship criteria to ensure young
migrants are not excluded. @LetUs_Learn


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Joeli Brearley- Pregnant Then Screwed 

Joeli set up Pregnant Then Screwed after she was sacked by her employer when she announced her pregnancy. She found out that 54,000 women a year lose their jobs
when they become pregnant, but many are then gagged by non-disclosure agreements or are scared of being branded troublemakers if they speak publicly. She set up a safe space to document their stories anonymously to expose this problem.

ONE TO WATCH
Contact – School Run Crisis 

Contact, the charity for families with disabled children, noticed calls about school transport to its helpline doubled and decided to find out more. After a huge evidence gathering exercise involving 2,500 parent-carers, it launched the School Run Crisis campaign report. After hearing testimony from so many families from across the country, the Secretary of State for Education promised to review and improve the statutory guidance that councils must follow.

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Friends of the Joiners Arms 

Friends of the Joiners Arms (FOTJA) is a community organisation working to open London’s first community-run LGBTQI+ pub, developing the legacy of the original Joiners Arms on Hackney Road.

The pub was closed in 2015 by developers intending to replace the venue with a luxury residential development. FOTJA activated local and national communities with an interest in the site. They held regular, well-attended meetings designed to appeal to a broad and diverse community, many of whom felt excluded from changes in the local area. The campaign held protests outside the venue, and fundraising parties which attempted to keep the spirit of the Joiners alive and motivated people to stay engaged.

Their first success was persuading the council to give the pub Asset of Community Value status. There followed a successful campaign to ensure any future planning permission would provide space for a new LGBTQI+ venue on the site of the original pub. @Joinersliveson


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Basis Yorkshire- #17daysofaction

The #17daysofaction campaign was a bold and innovative community-led campaign, which aimed to raise awareness of the prejudices that sex workers face and to change local attitudes. In the run up to the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, the campaign engaged the community in a number of different ways, including a spoken word and comedy night, a pub quiz, choir, flash mob and community clear up.

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United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) 

It’s tough to be the little guy, especially when your opposition is big business. That’s why, for the past ten years, UKWIN has supported more than 150 grassroots anti-incineration campaigns to face up to formidable corporate power and a planning system skewed in favour of development.

Information is power. The waste incineration industry frequently employs specialist consultants whose resources, research and knowledge can stifle local opposition and baffle planning officers. Ultimately, this imbalance hampers the ability of communities to participate in environmental decision-making and receive environmental justice.

Many of those who oppose incineration are concerned local residents, not seasoned campaigners, and they have to quickly learn how to navigate the complicated planning system for the first time. UKWIN makes a unique contribution to social change by helping bridge the vast resource gap. They equip local campaigners with information and skills, enable them to share their experiences, and support communities to run effective local campaigns. UKWIN also works nationally to level the playing field and amplify the voices of local citizens. @UKWIN_Network


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Police Spies Out of Lives

A group of women who shared the same experience of being tricked into a relationship by undercover police officers came together to seek justice. Their efforts have led to successful legal cases, an apology from the Metropolitan Police, and a public inquiry – which is now underway. At the same time, they have created a network of support for many more women whose rights were similarly abused.

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Amika George- #FreePeriods

When Amika was 17 she founded #FreePeriods, a movement calling for free menstrual products for girls from low-income families and an end to the stigma and taboo surrounding menstruation. She started the campaign after learning that girls in the UK were missing school just because they couldn’t afford to buy period products.

She is working with cross-party MPs and Peers to find a solution to end period poverty. In December 2017, she organised the #FreePeriods protest near Downing Street to capture the attention of the Government and to send out the message that periods are nothing to be embarrassed about. She has given a TED talk, writes for the Guardian and Huffington Post, has been featured in Vogue, Elle, and The Sunday Times, and has appeared on TV and radio talking about #FreePeriods. Over 150,000 people have added their name to the petition.

She continues to spread awareness of period poverty and works to normalise conversations about menstruation, all while studying for her A-Levels.@AmikaGeorge


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Ben Palmer- #NeverOK
Ben has worked to eliminate sexual harassment in and around the University of Bath. He works alongside assault survivors, as well as groups representing black, LGBTQI+, and disabled students. His focus has been on improving reporting mechanisms, changing institutional practice, training student volunteers and groups, training local service providers, campaigning on the bystander effect and getting more support for sexual assault survivors.

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Bleddyn Lake- Bee Friendly

Bleddyn Lake has been with Friends of the Earth Cymru (Wales) since 2000. In recent years, he worked on FoE’s Bee Cause campaign, which led to the Welsh Government drawing up their Action Plan for Pollinators.

Bee Friendly grew out of Bleddyn’s desire to create a nationwide scheme that would be interesting, exciting, enjoyable and open to all communities, schools, places of worship, universities, public bodies and businesses in Wales. He came up with the Bee Friendly project, designed to help and protect all species of pollinators in Wales through a national accreditation scheme. He secured backing from the Welsh Government, which now administers the scheme. The scheme calls for actions across four themes: food for pollinators, habitat, action on chemicals and community involvement. Once they have demonstrated their contribution, organisations, places or businesses can be granted official Bee Friendly status.

It is the first nationally accredited scheme for pollinators of its kind anywhere. A network of voluntary ‘Bee Champions’ helps interested groups get started, and the scheme is already a big success. Bleddyn would love to see Wales become the first Bee. @foecymrucydd @friends_earth 

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Neil Jameson

Thirty years ago, Neil Jameson was working at a family centre in Coventry, thinking about different ways to work with the local community, when a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship offered the opportunity he was looking for.

He travelled to the USA, where he encountered alliances of institutions, such as faith groups, coming together to fight for better housing, safer streets and more stable employment. He realised he was seeing a kind of community engagement in which success was rooted in the solidarity and shared power of the people involved. He believed such co-operation could flourish once more in the UK, but that it would require effort and dedication to bring to life.

The community organising models he found in the US inspired Citizens UK. Established in 1989, Citizens UK now has groups across the UK, including London, the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, Tyne & Wear and Wales. Its communities drive the Living Wage campaign, which has led to over 3,000 organisations in the UK becoming accredited Living Wage Employers and was the catalyst for an increased national minimum wage.

His mission is not simply to improve public policy but to build a more powerful and organised civil society, in which people work together in pursuit of a common good. His passionate advocacy for empowerment, self-education and co-operation has been inspiring campaigners for many years. We are delighted to recognise and celebrate his work, his dedication to empowering all of us and his vision for a people-powered society. @njamesoncuk

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  • 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!).

    sarah corbett
    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

2017 Awards

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

Robyn Boosey, Rachel Nye and Rebecca Bunce – IC Change campaign

The campaign was set up in 2014 to get the Government to ratify the Istanbul Convention on preventing violence against women and domestic violence

Over two years, alongside day jobs, Robyn, Rachel and Rebecca built a powerful network of women’s organisations, an active and committed volunteer supporter network and worked with parliamentarians to bring forward a Private Members Bill on ratifying the Convention, and get it through its second reading. The Government has now announced that it would support the Bill, which commits it to a timetable for ratification and annual reporting on ending violence against women. @ICChangeUK

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Tamsin Fitzgerald who launched The BENCH, which aims to tackle gender inequality within the UK dance sector and ensure female makers receive the same opportunities as male makers of work. @FitzTamsin

Talat Yaqoob and the ‘Women 50:50’ campaign which aims to ensure that all parliamentary parties in Scotland commit to gender equality and field candidate lists that are gender equal. @talatyaqoob

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Natalie Fee – Switch the Stick

After being shocked at the amount of plastic cotton buds she was finding during beach cleans along the River Avon in Bristol and on beaches in Cornwall, Natalie secured £15K of funding from three water companies and soon after got 6,000 signatures on her petition and 80,000 views of her campaign film. After being approached by 38 Degrees, Natalie got another 155,000 people to sign her petition and over 100K viewed her second campaign film.

By December 2016 all UK supermarkets had agreed to ‘Switch the Stick’ to paper, a move which will prevent at least 89 tonnes of single-use plastic being produced and flushed each year. @CitytoSeaBrist

RUNNERS UP

Don Ferris and his SAS Beach Cleans campaign which use’s creative ways of mobilising others to join in on beach cleans across the country. @SASBeachCleans

Philip Kingston and Grandparents for a Safe Earth which mobilises grandparents and elders across the country to take direct action to raise awareness of the risks of global warming and climate change.

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Sally Burke – The Maisie Campaign

The campaign grew from Sally’s struggles to get the right care for her daughter, Maisie, who has autism and post-traumatic stress disorder. Maisie’s condition deteriorated while she was placed in inappropriate mental health inpatient units, hundreds of miles away from home Sally took the brave decision to speak out about the detrimental effect that being so far away from home had on her daughter, which lead to the successful introduction of a much needed 24/7 crisis service and the announcement by NHS England that a new inpatient service will be commissioned to start this year. Sally has also helped launch a new charity, ‘Aim Higher’, a parent-led organisation promoting the social inclusion of children and young adults with autism or mental health conditions. @getmaisiehome

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Katy Styles an advocate for people and families living with motor neurone disease who has highlighted the financial support disabled people and their carers need. @WillowKaty

James McNaught, for the ‘Cancer on Board’ campaign which aims to raise public awareness and consideration of cancer and hidden disabilities. @CancerOnBoard

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Lisa Nathan- Share Actions
Sarah Corbett- The Craftivist Collective

When Lisa became project lead of the Share Action campaign to increase the uptake of Living Wage accreditation among companies in the FTSE100, only six companies in the FTSE100 were accredited Living Wage employers. This number now stands at 30 and as a result of Lisa’s work, at least 12,000 workers now earn the Living Wage.

Sarah Corbett and the Craftivist Collective joined forces with ShareAction to call on Marks and Spencer’s to pay the Living Wage. After coordinating a series of ‘stitch-ins’ at branches of Marks & Spencer across the UK, the company announced its plan to increase staff pay to £8.50 per hour in UK stores and £9.65 per hour in greater London from April 2017. @lisarnathan @Craftivists

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Heather Kennedy
 and the Fair Funerals campaign which aims to seek an end to the underlying causes of funeral poverty. @endfuneralpov

Danielle Tiplady for the Bursary or Bust campaign who has campaigned to protect the bursary funding available for nursing and midwifery students. @daniellejade198

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Safe Passage team – Safe Passage

The Safe Passage campaign used operational delivery, strategic litigation and political advocacy, as well as visible citizen support, to provide safe and crucially, legal,  routes for unaccompanied children and vulnerable adults to come to the UK. Since their campaigning, around 200 unaccompanied refugee children arriving from France have been given sanctuary in the UK under the Dubs amendment, and in total 1050 refugee children have arrived safely and legally in the UK through the routes Safe Passage have opened. @safepassageuk

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Sam Grant, for the Rene Cassin campaign- which aimed to give the Jewish community a more robust voice on human rights issues in the UK, particularly on the issue of indefinite immigration detention. @Sammy_G1988

Reclaim for their campaign ‘Built By’ which works with young people in Manchester to tackle the debate around the class system in the UK, empowering working class communities to take pride in their class, and see its strengths not its barriers. @RECLAIMproject

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Janice Beggs – Carnegie Oldpark Library

The campaign started after her local library was abandoned by the public sector. Janice held a candle of light for community ownership of this architectural heritage asset and decided to go to the public auction of the derelict building, having £1,000 in her purse (her life savings). Janice persuaded the eventual buyer to partner with the Lower Oldpark Community Association, to restore the building to its original state and to licence its future use for community benefit. @CarnegieOldpark

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Jill Huish’s Save Oxfordshire’s Children Centres campaign which aimed to stop Oxfordshire County Council closing 44 of its children’s centres. Jill eventually succeeded in reducing the cuts from £8 million to £2 million, protecting some centres from closure.

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Betsy Dillner, Dan Wilson Craw, Seb Klier – Generation Rent

The campaign has given a voice to the growing private renter population and campaigns for policies to give renters more secure, affordable and decent housing.Generation Rent was one of the major organisations that campaigned for a ban on letting fees, which the Government announced in November 2016, which will help renters move home more easily, giving them greater power in a rental market where too often the odds are stacked against them. They have pushed the Government into improving policies on regulating landlords, encouraging longer tenancies, building affordable housing and pushing the Mayor of London to pursue initiatives to improve renting in London. @genrentuk

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Catherine Harrington and the ‘Housing: It’s In Our Hands’ campaign which significantly raised the political and public profile of Community Land Trusts (CLTs), helping secure £60 million annual funding for CLT’s and community-led housing. @community_land

Dave Palmer who has helped build support and momentum in the housing sector and in Government for Co-op housing schemes throughout Wales. @WalesCoOpCentre

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Graham Ellis – Save the Train

Graham started the campaign to improve the inadequate train service in Melksham, Wiltshire, a town with a population of 25,000 and rapidly growing. His campaign attracted the attention of several Wiltshire MPs, and LSTF funding was secured for an increased, trial service. This trial proved to be so successful, the increased service has now become a permanent part of the franchise.The new line has become the fastest growing line in England. Passenger journey numbers have risen from around 3,000 to 60,000 per annum (to March 2016). People have now been able to take jobs where they had none; they can travel to education facilities that were previously unreachable, and move to housing they can afford. @wellho 

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Summer Dean and Emily Yates for the Southern Justice campaign which has mobilised and spoken for commuters throughout the Southern rail dispute through imaginative protests and Crowdfunding for legal challenges. @Summertvuk @MsEYates

Kate Fielden & Kate Freeman for their Save Stonehenge campaign which is trying to prevent damage to the Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS), particularly from the Government proposals to expand the A303. @SaveStonehenge

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Margaret Aspinall – Hillsborough Family Support Group

Margaret who, along with other members of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, have campaigned tirelessly to bring justice to those who were injured and the 96 people that lost their lives at the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989. Margaret’s 18-year-old son James was one of the 96 football fans who lost their lives in the tragedy, and she has since spent 28 years seeking the truth about what happened at the Sheffield stadium. Her determination and drive has inspired many and in 2015 she was awarded a CBE in the New Years’ Honours List for her tireless campaigning on behalf of the families After campaigning against an original verdict of accidental death, the final inquest gave a verdict, shortly after the 27th anniversary of the disaster that the fans were unlawfully killed. @HFSG_Official

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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

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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

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