The words thank you written in colourful script

Communication from a volunteer’s point of view

browningyork Charity, Communication lessons, Engagement, Inspiration, Voluntary sector, Volunteers

It’s Volunteers Week 2021. The theme this year is ‘A time to say thanks’. Organisations will be thanking their volunteers in a variety of ways. They simply wouldn’t be able to do what they do, make the difference they make, without the people who voluntarily give up their time and skills to make things happen. Services would stop. People and …

5 ways to be kind to your colleagues

browningyork General communication, Inspiration, Organisational culture, Story-telling

I believe in the power of kindness. Of doing things that make other people smile, that make them feel better. Even if that’s only for a brief while. And this year I’m making it my mission to talk more about kindness and to share stories of kindness as much as I can. Kindness in the workplace Times are hard, we …

Comms checklist for trustees

browningyork Charity, Collaboration, Communication lessons, General communication, Leadership communication, Strategy communication, Voluntary sector

Trustees’ Week 2020 takes place 2-6 November. Apparently there are 700,000 volunteer trustees in England and Wales, so I am part of a very large group! As trustees we have a lot of different things to keep an eye on. This is particularly true during difficult times, for our own organisations, for our sector and, most importantly, for the very …

Carrying out an internal comms audit

browningyork Browning York News, Case-study, Charity, Communication audiences, Organisational culture, Volunteers

Over the summer I am sharing examples of some of the projects I’ve been involved with over the years. I love the variety of clients I am lucky enough to work with and the ways in which I can help them communicate better in order to achieve their objectives. If you are taking the summer to plan your future comms …

Guest post: Growing a sales mindset in a charity

browningyork Change, Charity, Engagement, Guest post, Organisational culture

Building a sales mindset can be hugely powerful for your charity – but where should you start? This month’s guest post comes from sustainable income advisor, Ruth Dwight, who has provided some great ideas for how to discuss the need to grow income in new ways with your employees and volunteers. As the funding environment for charities continues to get …