• The School for Changemakers

  • What is SfCM

    School for Changemakers is a weekend residential programme which unites participants from different cultures and varying ages in a comfortable environment to discuss change within oneself and the world. It’s a place to connect deeply with other people who also believe that a change in our own attitudes and behaviours is the start to changing others and then the world. Here, we focus on building a community in which everyone feels comfortable to share their experiences and to encourage the change that they want to see in themselves and others.

    Over the course of the weekend you will participate in training, discussions and events with a cultural, spiritual or professional theme. You will get the chance to delve more into the ideas around these themes in your community groups, in which you will form strong bonds with other members over your stay. Your community group facilitator will give you a chance to reflect on the topics discussed, express and hear other people’s ideas and life stories and encourage outside-the-box thinking to some of your own, your community’s and the world's problems. We believe that to make change in the world you must be the change you want to see in the world – Mahatma Ghandi.

    IofC - UK

    School for Changemakers is a programme of Initiatives of Change (IofC) and draws inspiration from its values. IofC is a diverse, global network committed to building trust across the world’s divides. It comprises people of many cultures, nations, beliefs and backgrounds who are committed to transforming society through changes in individuals and relationships, starting in their own lives.

  • News

    July 26, 2016
    The School for Changemakers (SfCM) had its latest residential weekend away at a brand new venue at St Mary's University, in Twickenham. Marking its 7th anniversary, it was able to provide a networking opportunity for participating young people, aged between 18-28, moving into internships, in...
    Times are pretty bad. More than ever, we are bombarded with negativity, fear-mongering, hatred and death. For decades, we in the UK have watched war and suffering from afar, but now, with the Referendum, terrorism, refugee crisis and the murder of Jo Cox, hatred is right back on our doorstep....
    December 8, 2014
    The School for Changemakers (SfCM) marked its 5th Anniversary, that has arisen out of partnership between Liverpool Hope University and Initiatives of Change (IofC). The event provides a networking opportunity for participating young people, aged between 18-28, moving into internships, work...
  • Details of the Event

    SfCM 2017 - 25 - 27 August

    Who is the School for Changemakers for?

    The SfCM is for people who are between 18 to 30 years and are connected to a community – in terms of a locality, club, cause, nonprofit organisation, place of worship, or social enterprise network - at a crucial decision-making time in their lives.


    The SfCM group will draw people from across the UK and abroad who have different backgrounds, interests and experience. This diversity, far from being a weakness, will provide a key strength of the course.

    What is the conference format?

    2017 will follow a different format than the previous year. It will be a smaller more intimate training weekend that focuses on particular skill sets that we hope will support our changemakers to achieve all that they aspire to.


    In August 2017 SfCM will partner with the centre for effective dispute resolution CEDR to deliver a programme based on cross cultural communication.


    Throughout the course, participants reflections on their progress and on their future aspirations will be supported by their membership of a community of about ten of their fellow scholars. The support of this community will be vital to the very real transformation which will take place.


    Evening sessions will have an artistic focus on activities such as music, dance, film and story telling, and will enhance the interaction of course members, as well as facilitate further their own development.

    Why get Involved

    Participants can expect to:

    • Develop the skills and self awareness to be effective leaders at work , home and in the community
    • Take insight and inspiration from experienced leaders who are leading complex change - in many different ways - at work and in society
    • Learn from and develop friendships with other participants from a diverse range of backgrounds, interests and experience.
    • Explore next steps in life in an empowering space
    • Connect personal values and priorities with the needs of communities, country and world
    • Network with peers and outstanding leaders with a track-record of leading social change
    • Receive opportunities for further experience e.g. international internships, education, more training


    As a result, it is envisaged that participants will gain by having:

    • Increased character and confidence to respond to challenges in their personal, professional and community lives
    • Help in making decisions about next steps
    • An increased ability to deal with diversity, community cohesion and exclusion
    • An enhanced capacity to engage in international contexts
    • Access to intern schemes and volunteering opportunities
    • An Increased likelihood of gaining post-graduation employment or work experience

    How much will it cost?

    The rates for the SfCM residential programme at 24 Greencoat Place

    Full Organisational Rate: £450
    Full Personal Rate: £350
    Bursary Delegate Rate: £75


    (Bursaries of up to £225 are now available on a first come, first serve basis)

  • SfCM Summer Conference 2017

    Interested in joining us? here are the details


    25 - 27 August 2017


    IofC Head office

    24 Greencoat Place

    London SW1P 1RD


    Full price £350


    There are Bursaries available so if you apply today you can attend for as little as £75.

  • Register Your Interest for SfCM 2017

    Please fill in this short form if you are interested in applying to come and we will keep you updated as the dates are confirmed

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