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Events

With over 70 events a year to choose from there are lots of opportunities to join us and learn from your peers.

Vanessa Weddell,
Head of events

What a year it has been!

Since the pandemic began, virtual CharityComms HQ has been working hard to support our members throughout the crisis. Our events programme is now completely online and will continue to be so throughout 2021 to help our events reach more people than ever before and keep you safe.

We know that it’s still a hugely difficult time for charities, and we are committed to providing you with the information and training needed to help you and your teams meet these challenges. We’re working hard to bring you timely and relevant event content in a variety of formats, including our on demand feature so that you can explore the content whenever suits you best.

Thank you for your continued support – we’re still in this together!

Upcoming events

The new rules of audience engagement

The new rules of audience engagement

28 April 2021

At this special conference, we’ll explore all things engagement in the new reality – with the latest audience behavioural insights, exploration of the comms lessons learnt, and some practical workshops on the building blocks of engagement - you’ll leave with tonnes of practical ideas and inspiration for your engagement strategies.

Social Media Network: Balancing asks

Social Media Network: Balancing asks

12 May 2021

This networking group looks to address a gap for strategic and professional development of social media leads working in charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Workshop Series: Stepping into Comms Leadership Spring 2021

Workshop Series: Stepping into Comms Leadership Spring 2021

13 May 2021

A set of three online workshops supporting senior comms professionals through the transition from senior management to leadership. Becoming a visionary leader requires embodying a new set of skills. These workshops will support and inspire senior comms professionals looking to move from senior management to leadership.

Heads of Digital – May 2021

Heads of Digital – May 2021

20 May 2021

This networking group is exclusively for heads of digital working in UK charities and not-for-profits with a turnover of more than £2 million.

Creatives Group – May 2021

Creatives Group – May 2021

26 May 2021

This networking group is for professionals working in in-house creative teams (of one or more people) within UK charities and not-for-profits. It’s a gathering of creative leads, editors, publications managers, designers, production folk, content producers and more.

Workshop: Building resilience in uncertain times

Workshop: Building resilience in uncertain times

27 May 2021

This workshop offers attendees the opportunity to explore the uncertainty around them, to identify how this uncertainty impacts their behaviours, thoughts and emotions, and to look at the costs both personally and organisationally of ignoring those impacts.

On-demand events

Social Media Network – Flexing positively while the world is in flux

Social Media Network – Flexing positively while the world is in flux

Brand Breakfast – The Power of Many

Brand Breakfast – The Power of Many

Brand Breakfast – Optimising your brand for fundraising

Brand Breakfast – Optimising your brand for fundraising

This was one of the most beneficial events I’ve been to in my time working in charity communications.

Laura Mitchell, senior communications and marketing executive, St Catherine’s Hospice

Recent events

Internal Comms Group – May 2020

Internal Comms Group – May 2020

14 May 2020

Join us for a session on all things internal comms during the Covid-19 pandemic We’ll start this online event with a welcome and an icebreaker to get the discussion flowing. We’ll then have a quick review of the emerging themes we have heard from you and the wider sector on all things internal comms. Everyone […]

Crisis Comms Webinar

Crisis Comms Webinar

9 April 2020

Crisis communications skills have never been in such high demand as they are now. We’re in the middle of the biggest international crisis in decades, and many of us are learning as we go. This timely webinar from Hough Bellis and Comms Creatives will equip you to do the job. You’ll learn about the pattern […]

Helping people share their real-life stories with the media

Helping people share their real-life stories with the media

10 March 2020

Stories from real people resonate in the media, but pulling these stories together can be time-consuming and challenging. And there’s always the chance that your real-life story might back out of media coverage at any stage. But if you get it right, these stories can help raise your profile, increase awareness for your charity, and […]

Past events

Internal Comms – culture change, collaboration and happier teams

10 February 2020

“Happiness results in a 12% spike in productivity: unhappy employees are 10% less productive.” from ‘Happiness and Productivity’, Andrew Oswald, University of Warwick (2015)   Internal comms is often last on the organisational priority list. Internal newsletters, email communication and staff meetings have remained the same for decades and nobody enjoys them. It’s time to bring […]

Crisis communications: how to turn crisis comms into an opportunity

6 February 2020

Every organisation faces the risk of an unexpected crisis; and in a digital age, bad or even fake news is one click away from spreading out of control. Your hard-earned reputation and your ability to raise funds could be lost – or gained – by the way you handle it. Are you confident that you […]

Helping your comms hit the mark with your audiences

6 February 2020

We all know how important it is to have the right message, for the right audience, at the right time, and using the right medium too. But how do we ensure that all of our communications are hitting the mark and appealing to our audiences? We heard from charities who are hitting these marks regularly, […]

Where do we go from here? Campaigning in the age of successive Conservative Governments

5 February 2020

There is no road map for what lies ahead of us – uncertainty around Brexit, policy shifts within the Conservative party, a rotating door of ministers and cabinet members, and more. In this session, we discussed the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for campaigning, explored how the third sector can pull together in the […]

Audience Insight

5 February 2020

To communicate effectively you need to truly understand the audience you want to reach, what matters to them and what motivates them. Are you doing enough to tune into what they need from you? ​ Audience insight is more important than ever in a fast-paced and fragmented media landscape. In this session, we looked at […]

The challenge of recruiting digital talent and retaining them

4 February 2020

There seems to be a shortage of great people out there applying for digital roles. HR departments often don’t understand digital natives – they struggle with how to best recruit digital roles and how to appeal to those with these important skills. As a sector, we need to be better at promoting the opportunity to […]

Unlocking the potential of your data

30 January 2020

Less than half of all non-profits make full use of the data they collect according to a recent Salesforce Report. Without good data analytics decisions are taken blindly and resources are allocated without truly understanding where they’re needed. Good data analytics should help support and drive decision making – helping us to improve our communications […]

How to survive a rebrand, change and grow

28 January 2020

Brand development in the charity sector is not for the faint-hearted. You need expertise, creativity, patience, diplomacy – and thick-skin. Last year was a bumper year for charity brands evolving their brand positioning and expression. In this session, we were joined by peers who have refreshed their brands and come out the other side. We […]

The vital role of Internal Comms in issues and crisis

23 January 2020

When a charity gets caught up in a crisis, it is crucial that it takes control of its communications to limit the fallout. A badly handled issue or crisis is one of the greatest risks to any organisation’s reputation. Good internal comms can play an important part in helping stop an issue or a crisis […]

Crisis Comms

20 January 2020

Do you need to revisit your crisis comms strategy, or perhaps devise one from scratch so that you’re better able to deal with unexpected events? Crises cannot always be avoided but having a robust plan in place to protect and defend the reputation of your organisation, or an individual within it, can greatly reduce the […]

Planning and vision setting

16 January 2020

January is the perfect time for you to consider your social media planning and vision setting for 2020. We started the session with a practical vision setting exercise to help delegates frame up their thoughts and intentions for the year that lies ahead for themselves and their teams. Speakers from charities both large and small […]

Beneficiary-led design

15 January 2020

Beneficiary-led design gives a voice and power to the very people that a charity is working to support. Charities are now working with beneficiaries on everything from designing materials, creating engaging digital content, through to designing physical spaces, and more. In this session, we heard about a variety of beneficiary-led design approaches, the triumphs and […]