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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 

If you are campaigning on an issue important to you and want some help in getting results, or if this sounds like someone you know, then apply or nominate!

We have a newly launched Social and Economic Justice award. This joins our other categories, Environment, London Social Justice, Shout Out, Transport and Take Action.


Please visit our website for more information about our awards and how to apply or nominate.

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.