Ashley attends Campaign Bootcamp

Ashley smiling wearing a red shirt with ‘campaign bootcamp’ on the front

This week I attended Campaign Bootcamp, an intensive residential training course for people to develop their campaigning skills. I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship from Campaign Bootcamp, without which I would not have been able to attend. Throughout the week we were trained by experts in strategy, social media, publicity, outreach, technology, and fundraising. We also put what we learnt into practice through interactive and immersive exercises.

The skills I learnt will undoubtedly be put to good use with the work Disabled Survivors Unite are doing. The intensity of the training has also prepared me for the realities of running campaigns and I feel much more confident as a result. In addition, it was a great opportunity to develop team skills and network with fellow Bootcampers, some of whom have expressed interest in working with DSU in the future.

The team behind Campaign Bootcamp went out of their way to make sure everything was accessible. I greatly look forward to working with them over the next year through their mentorship programme to continue improving on everything I’ve learned. All these skills will surely help Disabled Survivors Unite thrive as an organisation.

Group of Campaign Bootcamp attendees standing together outside, most of whom are wearing red Campaign Bootcamp shirts

DSU does Parallel

On Sunday, September the fourth we were invited to run a stall at Parallel London and had a wonderful time! Ashley and Bekki sat behind our stall which has a black board sign on it saying ‘Disabled Survivors Unite’. Parallel is a family festival which celebrates disability and diversity. A big part of the event is the inclusive run and push races, which hundreds of people participated in. Our co-founder Ashley took part in the Super Sensory 1k race to raise money for Victim Support, a charity which we are looking forward to working with over the next few weeks. Ashley smiling wearing a Victim Support bib and holding up a Parallel medal worn around their neck. It was great to meet festival-goers and talk to them about the work we are doing and our plans for the next year. We are so thankful for all the support and encouragement people gave to us! Little girl wearing a princess crown holding up black board sign on it which says ‘Disabled Survivors Unite’. We also ran a workshop where we invited people to help us design our new logo. All entries were fantastic and we have sent these over to our graphic designer for inspiration. Woman wearing a flower crown holding up a piece of paper with the logo she designed for us. And it was brilliant to see so many people wearing our Survivor badges with pride around the Olympic Park! a handful of purple badges which have ‘survivor’ written on them. There were many businesses running stalls too and it was amazing to see them investing time and effort into becoming more inclusive. We had the pleasure of speaking to staff from Barclays Bank and learnt about their services for disabled people. We were very impressed by their range of accessible resources! photo of Barclays accessibility pamphlet featuring one person with a guide dog and another wearing a hearing aid. We want to say a big thank you to Parallel for inviting us and for all the hard work they put in to make the day such a great success. Special thanks go to the lovely Charlie Trueman who worked with us to get everything in place for our stall. Charlie smiling in high vis jacket holding up black board sign on it which says ‘Disabled Survivors Unite’. We can’t wait to do it all over again, see you next year! Alice, Bekki and Ashley smiling. Bekki holds the Parallel London sign and logo.