Welcome to SMK
We believe people should be able to
shape their world.

We exist to help them do just that.

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation is the UK’s leading provider of training and support to those seeking to bring about positive social change. We act as a powerful voice for this community, and celebrate excellence through our National Campaigner Awards.

What we do

Training & Consultancy

We deliver a wide range of training including one-day campaign workshops and our five-day Influencing Change programme, plus intensive masterclasses. We offer a wide range of consultancy support in all aspects of planning, delivering and evaluating campaigns.

Thought Leadership

We work to ensure the public and policy environment for campaigning is supportive, and undertake research to inform thinking and practice in campaigning and social change.

Connecting & Celebrating

We bring together the campaign community and celebrate success. Learn more about our events, including the National Campaigner Awards and People Power conference.

Latest news, events and training


The Social Change Project 

For the last 18 months, The Social Change Project has sought to answer one critical question: what can we learn about how social change is happening today that can strengthen civil society’s future efforts? What we have learnt is in a new report which urges civil society to unleash its “Social Power” by being much bolder and braver.


National Campaigner Awards

The Awards celebrate the very best campaigns and campaigners each year. Our interest is in finding those who have made change happen – effectively, creatively and courageously. Take a look at our 2018 Awards video and hear all about our amazing winners.


Social Power Podcast 

This podcast from our third Change Network features Ellen Gibson, the UK Divestment Network Coordinator with 350.org, Sakina Sheikh, a local councillor and divestment campaigner with Platform and Chris Garrard, a composer and Co-Director of Culture Unstained.

We’re leading the way for campaigning and we want you to join us

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