Changemakers in Turbulent Times
Are you a changemaker in Cardiff, Glasgow, Belfast, Newham in London, Slough or Bradford?
Do you long to connect to other changemakers in your city and across the UK? Do you want to learn new skills, feel re-inspired about your work and be supported by others working for common goals?
Changemakers in Turbulent Times is designed to support people working for social change, to foster connections and encourage creative responses to the challenges of our times. It includes an opportunity to apply for seed grants of up to £2,000 to be awarded for projects.
It’s a unique 10-week programme to resource people working for social change during tough times and is free to join in six pilot cities. It runs in two cohorts from March 2023. Applications for our summer ’23 programme are now open.
Guest speakers include world-renowned activists and changemakers from the UK and globally. Every city also features a well-known Community Connector to support participants through in-person gatherings and workshops.
Why this programme?
• People working for change in the UK feel isolated, chronically underfunded and often overwhelmed by the challenges they see in their communities.
• Communities are facing growing challenges and need positive leadership.
• Changemakers are so caught up in fire-fighting that they don’t have time to nourish themselves or learn from others.
• Many people would like to do something to help their community or the world but they don’t know where to start.
• Changemakers are needed to help bridge divisions in society. Resourcing them means supporting healthier communities.
“Changemakers In Turbulent Times is designed very specifically for this moment, when we’re all being asked to respond to the challenges of our times in creative ways. We aim to resource participants, to help them build new connections and to midwife the birth of exciting new projects into the world.”
Acclaimed speaker and Programme Lead
What we do
Through six online and four in-person sessions, we support participants through the programme alongside inspiring well-known changemakers who have overcome their own challenges to change lives.
Participants are assisted by a highly motivated team of local Community Connectors and Facilitators who lead workshops in their town or city.
Everybody who takes part in this course can apply for a seed grant of up to £2,000 to deliver their own local initiative.
Our Guest Speakers
Mark Prince OBE
Inspirational speaker, former professional boxer and award-winning charity campaigner.
Acclaimed public speaker who demonstrates the power of listening and empathy in her life-changing work
Aina J. Khan
Writer and journalist for The New York Times, NBC News, The Guardian, and Al Jazeera English.
Themes we cover
• From anger to action. Many of us feel angry about what we see around us, but how can we channel that anger into something positive?
• Transforming conflict through listening & communication skills. When we work for change, we often encounter conflict. You’ll learn skills from the best in the field that will help you to negotiate your way effectively through any conflict in your community or organisation.
• Heart-led leadership. What does leading from your heart mean? We work with new ways of leadership to bring about effective change.
• Taking a stand and speaking truth to power. How do we step up in the world when we feel small and like we can’t make a difference? You’ll hear from and be supported by people who were inspired by what broke their heart, who had no resources or previous experience as changemakers and who created massive positive change in their communities.
Changemakers in Turbulent Times is inclusive
From longtime social activists to young graduates who are only just setting out, from new migrants to established minority communities, the programme is cross-generational, multi-ethnic and expansive in its reach.
This programme has unique content and world class speakers
Our programme goes far beyond a simple definition of changemaking skills to deliver a lively and well-structured curriculum with well-known speakers.
The programme structure unites individual and group work with practical focus
The programme combines inner skills such as good communication and active listening with a focus on effective, practical work in the world. Participants are eligible to apply for a £2,000 seed grant at the end of the course to help them test out new projects.
Have questions? Read our FAQs below.
What is the Changemakers During Turbulent Times programme?
Changemakers During Turbulent Times is a 10-week programme that will inspire, upskill and connect people working for change across the UK. It combines online workshops delivered by leading UK and global changemakers, with face-to-face sessions facilitated by our team.
Who is the programme for?
The programme is for anybody working to make a positive change in their community, or for people who would like to make a change but don’t know where to start. You could be working to address any issue – the only requirement is that you are committed to making a positive difference!
Those taking part must live or work in one of the following places: Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast, Bradford, Slough or Newham in London. You can also apply if you plan to work in one of these areas in the future, and live nearby.
The programme is for anybody aged 18 to 100!
I don’t live or work in Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast, Bradford, Slough or Newham in London can I still apply?
You must live and/or work in one of the following places: Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast, Bradford, Slough or Newham in London. You can also apply if you plan to work in one of these areas in the future, and live nearby.
This is a pilot project. We hope to offer opportunities in the future to people living in other parts of the UK. Please join our mailing list to be kept informed.
I have no previous experience of being a changemaker, can I still apply?
Definitely. This course is for anybody wanting to make a difference – including people who would like to do something but don’t know where to start, or need support to get a new initiative off the ground.
Do I have to pay to take part?
No, the programme is free.
What are the dates of the programme?
This is a ten-week programme (2 hours per week), delivered both online and through in-person workshops in each of the participating local areas. We are offering the programme twice in 2023 – you can apply to join one of the following courses:
- 7 March – 9 May 2023 (application deadline noon, 24 February)
- 16 May – 18 July (application deadline noon, 1 May)
On what days/times will the programme run?
Online sessions for the first course will run on Tuesdays, as follows:
Tuesday, 14 March 10am-12pm (online)
Tuesday, 21 March 10am-12pm (online)
Tuesday, 4 April 10am-12pm (online)
Tuesday, 11 April 10am-12pm (online)
Tuesday, 25 April 10am-12pm (online)
Tuesday, 2 May evening session to accommodate US Speaker, time TBC (online)
Face-to-Face Workshops will run in Belfast, Bradford, Glasgow, Cardiff, Slough and Newham in London as follows:
7 March 10am-12pm* (face-to-face workshop)
29 March 10am-12pm* (face-to-face workshop)
19 April 10am-12pm* (face-to-face workshop)
9 May 10am-12pm* (face-to-face workshop)
*Sessions in Glasgow may take place on Tuesday afternoons, please contact us if you need further clarification about this
How many people will take part?
There are 48 places available on each course – 8 per location.
How do I apply?
Please apply using this simple application form, or get in touch to send us a video application: email@example.com
When’s the deadline for applying?
Deadline for applying for the first course is noon, 24 February 2023
Deadline for applying for the second course is noon, 17 April 2023
What’s the time commitment required?
You will be required to commit a minimum of two hours a week to this programme.
There will be opportunities to get involved in additional activities if you would like to deepen your experience – so you could dedicate up to four hours a week if you wanted.
I can’t attend all of the sessions, should I still apply?
It’s important that you attend as many of the sessions as possible, however we understand that you may not be able to attend them all. Please only apply if you are confident that you can attend most of the sessions. Particularly if you’d like to apply for a seed grant, it’s important that you attend all or most of the sessions.
How is the programme delivered?
This is a hybrid programme, delivered both online and offline – six online sessions, four in-person workshops in your local area (Bradford, Belfast, Slough, Glasgow, Cardiff, Newham in London).
Where will the in-person workshops take place?
The in-person workshops will take place in a location that’s as easy as possible for each of the 8 participants in your local area (Bradford, Belfast, Slough, Glasgow, Cardiff, Newham in London) to access. Our Community Connectors will be organising a venue and will be in touch once you’re accepted on the programme to discuss and share details.
I don’t have good technical skills, should I still apply?
The online sessions are delivered over Zoom and we also use an online platform called Sutra to stay connected. Most people find it easy and straightforward to use. Our Community Connectors and Project Manager will support you as much as possible to access the online sessions if you feel unconfident about your online skills.
If you’d like to talk to us about this or about any other access needs you have, please contact our programme manager, Ruby – firstname.lastname@example.org
I don’t have access to the internet and/or a computer, can I still apply?
Please get in touch if this will be a barrier to you taking part and we can see if there’s a way to support you with this.
English isn’t my first language, should I still apply?
If you can follow a TedTalk in English on YouTube, and speak in English with a group of friends about things that are important to you, you should be able to follow the programme.
We will enable ‘closed captions’ on the Zoom platform to enable anyone who needs that support to access it during the live sessions.
There will be minimal reading and writing required. There will be some supporting course materials in English, but reading these is not a requirement.
Please don’t let concerns about your English hold you back from applying and get in touch if you’d like to talk to us about this: email@example.com
Will Welsh translation and interpretation be available?
Yes, we will provide Welsh translation of accompanying course materials and can provide Welsh interpretation if required.
Is this programme just for young people?
No, this programme is for people of all ages, including older people. We encourage people of all ages to apply.
Will I be reimbursed for expenses for taking part in the in-person workshops?
Yes, we will reimburse reasonable travel expenses for taking part in the in-person workshops delivered in your local area.
What will I get out of taking part?
– You will meet people from all over the UK working on pressing issues – from climate change, to food poverty, to tackling knife crime and supporting asylum seekers and refugees – with opportunities to share learning and gain support
– You will hear from inspiring changemakers from the UK and globally who will share their skills and experiences with you, helping you to overcome the challenges you face in your work
– You will become part of a supportive local and national network of UK Changemakers, with opportunities for ongoing collaboration
– You can apply for a seed grant of up to £2,000 at the end of the programme to continue your existing work or to get a new initiative off the ground
Who are the people leading the programme?
The project is led by a team of people with many years experience between them of working for social change in the UK and globally. We’re joined by at least seven inspiring speakers, predominantly from the UK, but also from the US.
Will I get a seed grant at the end of programme?
Everyone who goes through the programme can apply for a seed grant at the end. You can request a seed grant to get a new initiative off the ground, or to continue your existing work in a way that integrates your learning from the programme.
We’ll share detailed information about the seed grants shortly. The main criteria will be that you can show that the grant is going to support you to become, or to continue to be, a changemaker in your community.
We have £47,000 of seed grant funding to distribute.
How much are the seed grants for?
You can apply for a seed grant for up to £2,000.
How is the programme funded?
This programme is funded by the National Lottery Bringing People Together Fund. The seed grants are funded by donations from our sister organisation, Business Plan for Peace.
I’d like to have a chat with someone about the programme - who should I contact?
We’d love to hear from you! In the first instance, please email our Participation and Community Engagement Lead, Jo Berry, and she will put you in touch with the Community Connector in your area: firstname.lastname@example.org
6 March – 8 May
15 May – 17 July
(application deadline 17 April, 2023 at 12pm)
Click the button below to fill out the form to apply for a place on the course.