Striking the balance between campaigning and service delivery

Campaign Network
14 March 2017
15.00 - 17.30
Free and exclusive to CharityComms members (charities only)

These events are for heads of campaigns and campaign leads only as we will be discussing strategic issues.

World Animal Protection
5th Floor
222 Grays Inn Road

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Our role as campaigners is to challenge injustice, address power and fight for the values and equality we want to see in the world. Many professional campaigners work to see this addressed in the lives of the beneficiaries or cause their organisation works to serve. 

The most successful campaign asks are those which are rooted in the lived experience of those on the front line of service delivery, and/or those who are experiencing the sharp edge of the issue. However, in larger charities, there is often a big conflict between front line service provision and managing and delivering policy based campaigns – especially where a reduction in funding means that organisations are forced to choose between immediately helping their core beneficiaries or investing money in campaigning to create long term systemic change. 

Join us at this Campaign Network event to discuss how we can make the business case for campaigning and policy work (a difficult position when results and impact of campaigns are not often felt in our lifetimes) and how we can navigate the tension between campaigning and front line service teams.

Here's what we'll be exploring in the discussions:

  • Discuss what you think would be the perfect balance between campaigning and service delivery

  • Thinking about this ideal state, discuss what barriers there could be in achieving that

  • Discuss what tactics you could use to overcome these barriers thinking about:
    – what you’ve done in your work experience and what other organisations have done
    – the role of campaigns and other people within the organisation, in particular the CEO, SMT and trustees, to make it happen

About the Campaign Network

The Campaign Network is a joint initiative from CharityComms and the Social Change Agency looking to address a gap for heads of campaigns and campaign leads in UK charities for strategic development, campaign sector development and professional development.

The Network will provide an opportunity for campaign peers to meet to discuss important issues at a strategic level, in order to raise the standard around campaigning. The format of the afternoon is a round-table discussion, led by our excellent facilitators, feeding into the group as a whole.

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

To be added to the Campaign Network mailing list or if you're interested in sponsoring this group, please contact Harriet Smith or call 020 7426 8877.

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