May 16, 2012
Campaigners are a rare breed
Most people hold strong opinions on something, and sometimes even make them known publicly. But usually after letting off steam, we just get on with our lives. But that’s not enough for everyone. Some feel so passionately about an issue that they’re prepared to do much more to bring about the change they believe is necessary for the good of their community. It can be a long, hard and lonely slog but these are the individuals that change the world. It’s time to celebrate their contribution.
Sheila McKechnie Campaigner Awards 2012
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
An example of a previous finalist from 2009
Glasgow School Closures Campaign’
Lynn Scott is a parent at Barmulloch primary school, Glasgow. Glasgow City Council had voted for the closure of 25 schools and nurseries and Lynn campaigned against this decision, which she felt would devastate local communities. Lynn believes the Council’s process was undemocratic as 95% of consultation responses opposed the closures. The group met with the Scottish Parliament who have shown support.