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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

We’ve been busy at virtual CharityComms HQ thinking of ways that we can continue to support you in your work during the Coronavirus pandemic.

We know that this is a hugely difficult time for charities – you are rapidly pivoting from working face-to-face with colleagues, supporters and beneficiaries to connecting, organising and engaging people remotely and harnessing the power of tech to do these things.

We are also harnessing the power of tech – we’re excited to announce that we will be moving our events programme to an online format. You’ll have the opportunity to access the same great content as in person, but from the comfort of wherever you are working. Many of you told us in last year’s CharityComms membership survey that you’d like more learning tools and online content – and we’re going to make this happen!

CharityComms runs 70+ events a year, and we’ll be updating our website in the coming days and weeks with details on the new formats for each of our events. We will keep you posted on these developments and will send you more information on how to book.

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

On-demand events

Engagement strategies for charities in a Coronavirus dominated world and beyond

Engagement strategies for charities in a Coronavirus dominated world and beyond

Gaining support and boosting resilience in challenging times

Gaining support and boosting resilience in challenging times

Fundraising and communications during a crisis: balancing priorities and getting your message right

Fundraising and communications during a crisis: balancing priorities and getting your message right

Upcoming events

CharityComms Storyfest 14 – 16 July

CharityComms Storyfest 14 – 16 July

14 July 2020

This year, our storytelling event is coming to a computer near you! We are excited to be working on a brand-new, three-day online festival, complete with sideshows, panel discussions, breakout chats, live talks, and lots of fun too. We are looking forward to bringing our wonderful members together again for a celebration of great charity storytelling. Your ticket will provide access to all three days of great content. 

Brand Breakfast – The Power of Many

Brand Breakfast – The Power of Many

23 July 2020

Let's come together over a virtual coffee and a muffin to unleash our brands magnetism for the greater good – join us as we explore the power of many.

CharityComms Autumn Pub Quiz 2020

CharityComms Autumn Pub Quiz 2020

2 September 2020

The CharityComms pub quiz returns for Autumn 2020! With this comes not only the chance to win the prestigious trophy but also a great opportunity to meet your peers over a drink and a light-hearted quiz. FAQs Who can come? CharityComms members! That includes organisational, individual and corporate partners. We have a comms team of 15 people, […]

Creatives Group – September 2020

Creatives Group – September 2020

8 September 2020

Topic to be confirmed July 2020. Booking for this event will open approx. six weeks before the event date. If you’d like to be one of the first to hear about these events, please email Lauren to be added to the mailing list. About the Creatives Group This networking group is for professionals working in in-house creative teams […]

Internal Comms Group – September 2020

Internal Comms Group – September 2020

10 September 2020

Booking for this event will open approx. six weeks before the event date. If you’d like to be one of the first to hear about these events, please email Lauren to be added to the mailing list. About the Internal Comms Group This networking group is for CharityComms members working as internal communications leads in UK charities and […]

Social Media Network – September 2020

Social Media Network – September 2020

15 September 2020

Topic to be confirmed in July 2020. Booking your place These events are for professionals working in charities who have strategic social media as the core function (over 50%) of their role. Please only book if this rings true with your role – thank you. Booking for this event will open approx. six weeks before the event date. If […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]