Campaigns move into mainstream

Georgina Lock

Campaigning activity, once perceived to be on the fringe of charitable organisations, has now moved into the mainstream, according to a survey by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation and student activist body People & Planet.

The survey found that 49 per cent of the 59 voluntary organisations that responded believed campaigning was a core role of their organisation.

Most believed Make Poverty History had made campaigning easier.

Consumer boycotts had been organised by 41 per cent of the organisations and 36 per cent had organised pickets outside the offices of companies or public bodies. Full findings from the survey will be announced later this year.

The initial results were published on the same day the Sheila McKechnie Foundation announced the winners of its awards for up-and-coming campaigners.

Five of the six category winners were women: Linda Ramsden for her work on the peace settlement in Palestine; Kierra Box for Hand-Up for Peace; Jackie Schneider for Merton For Healthy School Meals; Emily Robinson for Neo-Natal Care; and Alison Miller for Justice for Victims of Accidents Abroad.

Shane Lunga won the economic justice category for his work for Rebuilding Zimbabwe.

The ceremony was held at the South Bank Centre in London on Monday, with winners chosen by a panel of judges that included former Beirut hostage Terry Waite. Third Sector is a media partner for the awards.

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