Trailblazers from all over the UK met at the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s London office on 4 December for a three day training session that will equip them with all the knowledge they need to co-ordinate and run campaigns in their regions.
The first day focused on actual campaigning. Rosemary Fraser, from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, taught the 12 Trailblazers key skills, such as how to plan, organise and implement campaigns.
Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and Directory for Social Change staff were on hand to provide media training, to help campaigners deal with the exciting but sometimes intimidating experience of speaking to the press. A website content training session also armed Trailblazers ambassadors with the practical know-how to manage regional content on this newly launched Trailblazers website.
The highly regarded Youth Achievement Awards (YAA) provide accreditation for activities carried out in aid of Trailblazers. Saturday’s training session taught our ambassadors how to nominate fellow Trailblazers for different levels of the award, as well as the information necessary to provide mentoring for those who wish to gain certification from the YAA.
The Trailblazers who attended were given free accommodation and some entertaining nights out to give the team a chance to exchange ideas and experiences in a more informal environment, as well as an opportunity to relax after a hard day’s training.
Have a nose at the photos from the training.
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