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April 27, 2010

Calling campaigners everywhere

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation was set up in memory of Dame Sheila McKechnie, who died in 2004, and was considered to be one of the most eloquent and effective campaigners of her generation.  SMK’s mission is to support and promote the next generation of social campaigners.  If you run a campaign for your community or you know someone who does,  an award from SMK might be just what you are looking for

SMK was established in 2005 to help develop a new generation of campaigners who are tackling the root causes of injustice. Set up in memory of Dame Sheila McKechnie, SMK is entirely dedicated to helping campaigners create positive and lasting social change.

SMK runs programmes for individuals and groups providing support, advice and a place to share information on key areas of effective campaigning: from strategy, tactics, and targets to evaluating successful campaigns.

Whatever your issue, whether you are trying to improve disabled access on local transport or promote solutions to conflict, we can help you to develop new tactics and plan high impact campaigns through our awards programme, workshops and training programmes, and bespoke consultancy.

SMK Awards 2010

The annual SMK Campaigner Awards provide a support programme for emerging and grassroots campaigners.

The awards are for individuals who are new to campaigning or operating with few resources and who show passion, tenacity and the potential to create change – locally, nationally or globally. You might not see yourself as a “campaigner” but if you are demonstrating commitment to a cause then SMK wants to hear from you.

The awards scheme offers a development package to winners, the aim is to equip campaigners with the skills they need to make a greater impact and achieve real change.The package of support does not include cash prizes but uses a model of action learning to share knowledge and acquire skills. This programme is completely bespoke involving an initial assessment; one-to-one coaching sessions; development workshops; and shadowing or mentoring opportunities. Read more about what is involved and what previous winners have received at the Award winners support programme page.

We grant awards to campaigners working across a wide range of issues. You can look through the awards categories or FAQs to learn more about the programme.

We are now accepting applications for 2010. Download an application form for yourself or, if you know of a campaigner who would benefit from our programme you can nominate someone you know for an award.

Applications can be submitted until 12 noon GMT on Monday 28th June 2010 Visit for more info