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Campaigning and advocacy for charities in Wales

Wales networking group

23 January 2019

Many of the focus issues for third sector organisations, from environment to education and health to transport, are devolved to the Welsh government. This means not only the need for campaigners to tailor their approach in Wales, but real opportunities, with a different political landscape and easier access to decision-makers. 

There’s now an established track record of changes making faster headway in Wales, and even opening opportunity for change or further debate in other parts of the UK: the smoking ban, opt-out organ donation, the plastic bag tax and more. 

In this session we looked at the campaigning landscape in Wales, and at case studies of successful campaigns drawing out lessons for charities, both Welsh and UK-wide, seeking to engage with the Welsh government on social issues.  

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Discussion notes: What are the barriers to our doing better campaigning in Wales?

Presentation: Campaigning for change in Wales – Cathy Owens, director, Deryn

Presentation: Plastic bag tax – Amy Lloyd, marketing and communications manager, Keep Wales Tidy

Presentation: Indoor smoking ban – Beth Mahoney, marketing and communications manager, ASH Cymru

Presentation: Wellbeing of Future Generations Act – Richard Nosworthy, communications manager, WWF Cymru

About the Wales Networking Group

The CharityComms Wales Networking Group brings together charity comms professionals based in Wales. Each event focuses on a different comms topic with guest presenters, group discussions and networking.

The events will give you the chance to meet your peers, compare notes on workplace practices and share successes, ideas, challenges and inspiration. The network is designed to encourage networking and peer to peer support, sharing issues in a ‘safe’ environment.

This group is led by Jess Day, digital strategist at more onion along with the Wales Network steering group.

  • Vicki Spencer-Frances, Cowshed
  • Chris O’Brien, RSPCA Cymru
  • Angharad Jones, Play Wales
  • Katie Chapelle, Action on Hearing Loss
  • Bran Devey, Hub Cymru Africa 

If you’re interested in speaking at an event or if there are any topics you’d love to discuss, please get in touch with Jess.

To be added to the Wales Networking Group mailing list, please contact our events team.

You can also stay in touch with charity communicators in Wales through the Comms 3 Cymru Facebook group – message the admins (Jess and Bran) to request to join with a note of your role or connection with the sector.

About Cowshed

Cowshed is creative PR agency delivering fully integrated campaigns, for clients we love and causes we believe in. We work with some of the UK’s largest charities including Comic Relief, The National Trust, Women’s Equality Network and National Adoption Service. 

We want to continue working with organisations making a huge impact across the UK and are delighted to support CharityComms for the third year running. Please do get in touch by email, call 02920 789 321 or visit the Cowshed website to find out more.