Membership FAQs / how to make the most of your membership

What is membership? And how do I know which type is best for me?
We offer three different membership types:
 
  • Organisational membership – for charities and non-profits. Allows everyone working at your organisation to take advantage of our services – including exclusive benefits – and shows a commitment to developing the communications skills of your whole team.
  • Individual membership – key benefits for one individual. A great option for professionals working within a charity or not-for-profit where the comms team is particularly small or for individual freelancers working in communications for the charity sector.
  • Corporate partnership – suppliers to the charity sector. Becoming a corporate partner demonstrates how your services and products contribute to raising the standard of charity communications.
How do I sign up?

You can sign up for all three membership options via our online sign up form here or contact us directly (angela@charitycomms.org.uk / 0207 4268881) and we can sign you up from our end and email an invoice to you.

What payment options are there?
When you’re signing up online, you can either pay us directly by credit /debit card or you can opt for an invoice and pay us by BACs or cheque.

 
How do I renew my membership?
You’ll be sent renewal notifications when your membership is two months away from your lapse date with a link to follow to an online renewal form. Alternatively you can renew online here via our online form or contact us directly (angela@charitycomms.org.uk / 0207 4268881) and we’ll process your renewal for you from our end.
How do I know if I’m a member of CharityComms? How do I check the status of my membership?
We have a list of all our current members here. Alternatively, please contact Angela to check directly: angela@charitycomms.org.uk

How do I get my membership discount when booking onto events?
All our event bookings are done via an online booking form on our website. We identify you as a member of CharityComms via your email address. To start an event booking you need to enter your email address and our system will recognise you as a member and automatically apply your membership discount to the booking. We need to have your details on our database in order for us to recognise you – if we don’t, please contact Harri who’ll add you: harriet@charitycomms.org.uk

How do I sign up for the Peer Support Scheme?
Our Peer Support Scheme is available exclusively to our organisational members. To apply for the scheme, complete the online sign-up form on our website. We recognise you as an organisational member via your email address that you enter to start the process. We need to have your details on our database in order for us to recognise you.

Do I have a membership login? Is there a membership log-in area on the website?
Our members do not need a log-in to access membership benefits and we don’t have a dedicated membership area on our website.

What kind of events do you put on?
We put on lots of different events throughout the year covering a whole range of comms topics. You can see our full event calendar here. And you can read about all the different types of events we run here.

What discounts do members get on events?

  • All seminars and UK-wide groups (Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Scotland, Wales) are free for members
  • All Special Interest Groups (PR Network, Creatives Group, Internal Comms Group, Brand Breakfast, Heads of Digital, Campaign Network) are free (and exclusive) for members
  • Conferences cost £175+vat for organisational and individual members, and £220+vat for corporate partners (these are heavily discounted flat-rates)

Accessing our seminars via Periscope
All members can also access our seminars remotely via Periscope.

Fortnightly membership eNews
We send out a fortnightly membership email newsletter with the latest news from CharityComms, the sector and membership benefits. To join the mailing list or check that you’re already signed up please contact Duncan: robyn@charitycomms.org.uk

Special Interest Group mailing lists
We have dedicated mailing lists for our Special Interest Groups: PR Network, Creatives Group, Internal Comms Group, Brand Breakfast, Campaign Network and Heads of Digital. When an event opens, we send invitations out directly to these groups first. To join the mailing list or check that you’re already signed up please contact Robyn: robyn@charitycomms.org.uk

 
UK-wide mailing lists
We have dedicated mailing lists for our UK-wide groups: North West, South West, Midlands, Scotland and Wales. When an event opens, we send invitations out directly to these groups first. To join the mailing list or check that you’re already signed up please contact Robyn: robyn@charitycomms.org.uk

The reason I like CharityComms is that it provides a really valuable service - sharing best practice, experience and new approaches - with a perfect blend of theory and practical take-out, great humour and invaluable honesty. Ideas, tips, gags and warts - what's not to like?

Jack Lundie
Director of communications,
Oxfam