The Centre for Progressive Change (CPC) is not-for-profit organisation that supports individuals and organisations to build strategic campaigns. We want to support those with progressive ideals to create a more just and fair society in the UK. We believe the way to do this is through Organising and bottom-up change.
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
The way we do this is through training people in Organising. 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 offer:
- Organising Training
- Consultancy to support Organising campaigns
- Alliance-building and co-running campaigns
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 Latinx 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.
During the 2019 General Election, Amanda was a Volunteer Organiser for the Labour Party in the constituency of Putney. Whilst in post she effectively organised volunteers to drive voter registration, which led to 600 new registrations in just two weeks. She also built and led a team of 300 experienced canvassers to speak to undecided voters, which was fundamental in turning Putney from a Conservative held seat with a 1,554 majority to a Labour held seat with a 4,774 majority.
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.
Now in this new post-COVID world, it is more important than ever that we are fighting to protect and further the things that are important to us. That is why we support people to get trained up and build effective Organising campaigns. With enough people trained and taking action we will be able to create the just world we want to see.JOIN TRAINING