• 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 workshops, 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.

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  • Details of the Event

    SfCM 2017 - Dates TBC

    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?

    Each day will commence with a full gathering of course members, who will be addressed by one or more individuals who have a powerful story to tell of how they have been able to effect real change, in a significant area such as the world of Business; Social Entrepreneurism; Politics or olitical action; in the context of environmental issues; in community action; within the field of education or by discovering their own identity and calling in the world. These sessions will be inspirational, motivating participants and assuring them of the possibilities for real change.


    During the day, by following their learning tracks, participants will reflect the themes of the morning. Students will acquire the skills and knowledge which will help them to translate the dreams inspired by the morning meetings into effective action in their chosen sphere.


    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 St Mary's University

    Full Organisational Rate: £450
    Full Personal Rate: £325
    Bursary Delegate Rate: £50


    (Bursaries of up to £275 are now available on a first come, first serve basis)

  • SfCM Summer Conference 2017

    Interested in joining us? here are the details


    Long Weekend in June, (actual date TBC)


    St Mary's University, Twickenham

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    Full price £325


    There are Bursaries available so if you apply today you can attend for as little as £50.

  • 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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