Certificate in Campaign Organising

We need a climate movement strong enough, broad enough and diverse enough to stop climate change.

Now in its third year, our unique and successful Campaign Organisers programme reveals the secrets behind great local campaigns and provides the skills to make them happen. In 2015 the programme focusses on the issue of Climate Change, and is called Climate Organisers.

We are helping over 60 new and experienced campaigners from Cornwall to Newcastle to organise with their communities for positive environmental change. In some cases this involves working on Friends of the Earth priority issues such as fracking, bees or solar power, in others it means working on local issues.

The Certificate in Campaign Organising

Over the course of a year, we support participants through: 

• face-to-face training
• ongoing 1:1 phone and in-person support
• regular skillshares with other participants
• a grant
• our inspiring annual away-weekend Basecamp

On completion and submission of coursework, participants are awarded the Certificate in Campaign Organising, accredited by OCN.

Applications to this year’s course ended on 22 May 2015.


Tim Gee joined Friends of the Earth as Training and Development Coordinator in 2011, following campaigning roles with the NUS and the international development NGO Network Bond. He is the author of two books on social change: Counterpower: Making Change Happen and You Can’t Evict an Idea. He co-founded the Campaign Organisers Programme. 

Laura McFarlane-Shopes is a trainer, facilitator and community organiser based in Leeds. As well working as part of Friends of the Earth’s Community Activism Team, she is coordinator of the civic coalition Leeds Tidal - a post she has held since 2011. She was previously Communications and Internal Affairs Officer at Leeds University Union and a board member of the commercial arm of the NUS.

Carla Doran has worked with Friends of the Earth groups for five years having begun as a group developer in the North East and Yorkshire. She joined the Campaign Organisers Programme as guest speaker/facilitator in 2014, and will join the 2015 programme as a coach. She was part of the team that conceptualised Basecamp and was lead organiser of the event 2013-14.


Please contact us on [email protected] or 020 7490 0210.

Time to Act Climate March London 2015