Group photo of people on the Campaign's Bootcamp

Why you should apply now for the Susan Cook scholarship at Campaign Bootcamp

Last October, Becca Bunce spent 6 days at Campaign Bootcamp – learning how to improve her campaigning skills. Scope is sponsoring two further places at the next Campaign Bootcamp which starts in June. Here, she explains why she thinks you should apply for the scholarship. 

Campaign Bootcamp is a year-long training programme for anyone who wants to learn how to campaign effectively. It starts with a week of intensive training, followed up with further training, mentoring and support.

My campaign interests are women and disability

Did you know disabled women are twice as likely as non-disabled women to experience domestic abuse?

Did you know that disabled women are less likely to receive help from domestic violence support services because they are less likely to believed?

I did know these facts.  I also knew I needed to get this information out there and change this reality for other women. I was daunted by the size of the challenge .

And that’s where Campaign Bootcamp came in – it’s one thing knowing you need to campaign, it’s another thing actually campaigning.

And then came another factor- disability

Having an impairment can be a right pain in the arse. There are always extra steps to think about before you can get on with your campaigning.

I needed to know how to campaign and I also needed to work out the life-hacks I can use to make campaigning work alongside the joys of chronic illness.

Campaign Bootcamp and the Scope Scholarship

The Campaign Bootcamp team made sure the programme worked for me in developing and integrating my skills whilst taking account of my impairment.

They didn’t only work like this with me.   Campaign Bootcamp recognised and celebrated all participants as individuals within the group.  We built on our strengths, were supported to overcome our weaknesses and showed that failure should be celebrated and learned from, rather than hidden.

I could talk to the team and work out how to get the most from each day. There was no awkward ‘displaining’ where people tried to tell me how my disability worked or what I could or couldn’t do. I didn’t have to worry about how to minimise how disabled I seemed – or worry about what other people thought.

I could just get on with what I was there to do: learning how to campaign.

I can’t really explain just HOW MUCH I learned

Rebecca Bunce

Bootcamp gave me access to a wide network of support and tools to take things forward. And opportunities just kept coming up – whether chairing a meeting in the House of Commons for Operation Disabled Vote or talking at Women of the World festival about disabled women’s experience of rape.

Currently, alongside other Bootcampers, I’ve started the #ICchange campaign to demand government action on ending violence against women. (Nudge, nudge: check out the website and sign the petition!)

My biggest lesson of all though, is I’ve learnt just how much the obstacles I thought of as immovable, can be broken down. (Cheesy right?) But, if you want proof – you now know that disabled women are twice as likely as non-disabled women to experience domestic violence… and that you can sign a petition to help create change in support services… so that’s an alright bit of campaigning for me!

If you want to break down barriers, apply to Campaign Bootcamp today.