HOPE not hate’s Together initiative, launched in August 2014, prioritises proactive community organising aimed at building community networks before any crisis develops.
HOPE not hate’s HOPE Camps are the next step in enabling communities to organise to defeat the extremist politics of hatred and division. As we cannot put a paid organiser into every community in the country, training supporters to organise in their own communities is a priority.
HOPE camp aims to build an improved model of community organising that is not just community based but is also led by activists from within communities themselves.
To apply for a place in the September 2016 HOPE camp click here
HOPE camp 2015
Our last national HOPE camp in September 2015 was four days of intensive residential training. The 50 lay activists we brought together came from a range of communities. Some were professionals in the field of race equality, others were from the LGBT+ communities and some were students. The mix had a majority of women and a majority of participants were under the age of 35 (a quarter were under 25) and over a third were from ethnic minority communities.
Coming from Scotland and Wales and from every corner of England, those taking part were a genuinely diverse group, all with a clear commitment to the values of HOPE not hate.
The four-day training course allowed us to pool our collective knowledge and learn new techniques and practices. Almost half of those delivering the training were volunteer activists and the learning involved a combination of techniques: presentations, role-plays, games, films and small group discussions.
One outcome of the camp is that a group of participants has already begun discussing establishing an LGBT+ network, an area where our proactive work has previously been limited, for HOPE not hate.
The event was a great success and as we face new challenges, we look forward to developing a bigger and better HOPE camp 2016.