It is mainly through campaigning that people and communities have helped create a kind of society in which they want to live. Typically this is achieved by targeting those who make decisions that affect our lives, such as politicians, senior public sector officials, or the directors of companies; but it can also target behaviours and attitudes across the wider population (as is increasingly becoming the case on environmental issues).

The views and perspectives of one group of campaigners can often be different to another; so being clear about what you want to change, why, and to what benefit, is important to increasing the likelihood of success.

Here are a list of resources to help you get under way.

If you think that we've missed anything, or you would to ask any questions, drop us a line!

*The woman pictured is called Una Marson, who was a feminist, activist and writer. She was also the first black female broadcaster at the BBC. She lived in both Camberwell and Peckham.

Campaigning and Influencing: What you need to know

People campaign because it is a proven path to achieve change. Many of our laws, social policies and the standards of life that we take for granted are the result of the efforts of previous campaigners.

Same-sex couples would not be able to marry; women wouldn’t be able to vote; there might even still be a slave trade if it were not for successful campaigning.

This guide will help you decide whether campaigning is right for you, and if so, how to get going!

An Introduction to Active Citizenship

Active Citizenship is a term used to describe the involvement of individuals in public life and affairs: this can take place at local, national and international levels.

This briefing outlines the different ways that people can be active in their local community and reasons why people might want to be an active citizen.