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Small charities communications conference 2019


10 July 2019

Small charities often face very different challenges to larger organisations, which is why we run this dedicated annual event.

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.

The day was a mix of expert sessions, peer discussions, workshops and case studies which gave practical take-home actions, inspiration and new contacts to continue the conversation with post-event.


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Aligning organisational strategy and comms strategy– Nicola Miller, founder, A Mile in Her Shoes

  • You can see notes from Nicola’s presentation here

Welcome to Woodcraft Folk: volunteer recruitment with a £200 budget– Pippa Gardner, communications manager, Woodcraft Folk

The strategic power of ‘no thanks’– Kimberly McIntosh, senior policy officer, Runnymede Trust

More than a rebrand – how Community Organisers engaged the whole membership in redefining the organisation– Jon Cousins, communications manager, Community Organisers

Let’s talk maths! How we built a media presence from scratch without any budget – Rachel Malic, Communications and marketing manager, National Numeracy

Make it social – Angharad Francis, community manager and Emily Boardman, community manager, Social Misfits Media

Writing a clear comms strategy – Natasha Roe, founder, Red Pencil

Behavioural science for communicators – Shane Donnellan, senior behaviour change specialist, Changeworks

Effective media relations for your charity – Becky Slack, founder and managing director, Slack Communications 

Doing digital better – Matt Collins, managing director, Platypus Digital

Audience insight – Sarah Fitzgerald, director, Self Communications

How do you know when it’s time for a new website? Sepas Seraj, founder and Kris Samyui Adams, creative director, Pixeled Eggs

Creative Lab: a framework for great ideasChris Dessent, managing director and Faith Bulleyment, business director, Creative Concern 

Design and implement a realistic PR planBecky Slack, founder and managing director, Slack Communications 

Brand is as brand does – Kelly Smith, lead strategist and writer, Neo, Laura Harrison, co-founder, The Human Change Agency

Making the case for comms in your organisation – Julie Kangisser, director, Think Communications

Innovation on a small budget – Henry Rowling, founder, Flying Cars