The Centre for Progressive Change (CPC) is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at building national organising campaigns for a more progressive society.
We do this by driving our own national campaigns, carrying out research on what works when creating progressive change at scale, and by sharing our expertise through training and consultancy to support others to be effective.
Our vision is of a world where people are treated as equals, treated with dignity and respect and where they are free to be who they are without persecution. A world where everyone has the material things they need and has time to rest and play. A world where people are active participants on the decisions that affect their lives, and where the well-being of people, communities and the environment are put before all else.
... in other words our vision is of a world that is progressive.
HOW WE GET THERE
We have a long way to go to make that vision a reality in the UK and at times it feels like we are going backwards rather than forwards. But we believe we can get there by winning progressive campaigns on a BIG scale.
From the 8-hour working day, to votes for women, to gay marriage, to the Equality Act, these progressive steps, and more, have been thanks to a group of people acting together to make them happen. That is why we want to support progressive individuals and organisations to act together using tried and tested methodologies for change, so that we can see the next series of large scale progressive wins that our grandkids take for granted!
WHAT WE DO
Organising is where you bring people together, in a community or workplace, to take action on the issues they have in common. This methodology has been used by the Labour movement, Women's Suffrage, the Civil Rights movement, India's independence movement and more, and time and again has been shown to be effective. That is why we want to see as many progressive organisations and individuals organising and building effective campaigns on the issues that matter to them.
To make this happen we:
- Drive our own campaigns
- Carry out research on what works when creating change at scale
- Offer training and consultancy to share our expertise
Our team have a track record of winning campaigns. That is why everything we teach are things that we know, through our practical experience, lead to winning a progressive campaign.
WHO WE ARE
The Centre for Progressive Change was founded by veteran Organiser Amanda Walters. Amanda has been a Community Organiser and a Campaigner for fourteen years.
As a Latina migrant, Amanda has worked tirelessly to ensure that migrants in this country are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. She previously worked for the Living Wage Foundation where she organised low-paid workers and community organisations to campaign for the London Living Wage. During her time there she led the successful Living Wage campaign at Heathrow airport, which saw a pay rise for over 3,200 workers. She also led successful Living Wage campaigns at a number of Government Departments.
Before organising on the Living Wage campaign she directed a Housing Inquiry in North Kensington for Citizens UK, where she organised 200 local and estate residents to successfully pressure the Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation to invest £250k on their repairs system, and for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to rehouse social housing tenants that are in overcrowded accommodation into bigger properties during the regeneration of their estate. She also previously organised in the favelas in Brazil and was an elected official in the student movement.
Amanda was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2018 to learn from some of the best Trade Unions and community organising organisations in the US. This trip led her to build her own organisation to put into action what she had learnt on scaling organising campaigns to have national impact. Since 2020, with the support of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, she has been building a new organisation - the Centre for Progressive Change.
Jack Barton is the Centre for Progressive Change's Communications Officer, and has a particular focus on securing strategically placed national press coverage to generate support for our campaigns.
Beth Foster-Ogg is a community organiser and trainer. Beth developed and delivered pioneering high participation programmes, including the persuasive conversations training which has been delivered to tens of thousands of activists.
As a community organiser for the Labour Party, she focused on integrating electoral and community organising approaches. In Putney, she designed programmes to train up community leaders and established community-led housing campaigns. This culminated in leading Labour’s campaign in Putney, Roehampton and Southfields, bucking the national trend and switching the seat to Labour in 2019.
Since then Beth has worked with The Social Practice EU and Amnesty International offering a multidisciplinary approach to organising, combining big organising and community organising techniques to support communities in taking on power.
Kelly Rogers has long-held experience organising low paid, precariously employed workers in a number of different settings.
Kelly was a workplace rep at the Ritzy cinema in London, and helped lead a two year long strike for a Living Wage, sick pay, and maternity and paternity pay. The campaign saw the strike grow from one Picturehouse cinema to six, with hundreds of cinema workers joining the union, as well as a community supporters network stretching from Brighton up to Edinburgh.
As a workplace rep in a theatre and primary school, she has organised union campaigns that have led to significant wins, including the implementation of a Living Wage and the overturning of an extended school day. As an organiser for Lambeth UNISON, Kelly led a campaign against children's centre closures that brought together workers, the union, service users and community members.