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Small charities communications conference 2018


11 July 2018

Small charities often face very different challenges to larger organisations, which is why we run this dedicated annual event. This year we looked at ways to make the most of limited resources, and how small size doesn’t need to mean small impact when it comes to communications.

Following the sell-out success of our last two conferences, the agenda offered a similar format, with a mix of expert sessions, open space, workshops and case studies to give you practical take-home actions, inspiration and new contacts to continue the conversation with post-event. 


Data power – Jem Stein, founder and director, The Bike Project

Staying close to your community – William Jones, CEO, Brainstrust

Digital first – the strategic context for revitalising your web presence – Sarah Rughoonundon, digital lead, Bliss

Building support for homeless young people – Fran Borg-Wheeler, CEO, Youth Concern   

All ears – connecting people through podcasting – Scott Roberts, PR, communications and celebrity manager, Haven House Children’s Hospice. Check out Scott’s article on podcasting

Clear comms strategy – Julius Honnor, digital strategist, and Laura Robertson, content strategist, Contentious

A winning website – Abi Calver, client strategy manager, Fat Beehive

Social on a shoestring – Sarah Peterson, communications consultant, Peterson communications

Finding the right tone – Bethany Joy, writer and brand voice consultant

Making the most of your email list – Alex Lloyd, director and Sarah Casey, head of client services, Forward Action

Communications for advocacy and campaigns – Jane Cox, director, Principle Consulting

PR basics: getting coverage for your cause – Harry Day, project director, Forster Communications

Big brand thinking for small charities – Alexander Scott, brand and content consultant

PR: Preparing for a crisis – Alex Goldup, associate director: charity and not-for-profit, and Aaron Bass, account director, The PR Office

Open Space discussion notes

Your communication superpowers – Oli Lewington, director of communications, Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Tweets from the day