10 key points from the Strategic People conference

browningyork Browning York News, Charity, Engagement, Inspiration, Organisational culture, Volunteers

This was my second year at the Strategic People Conference from Agenda Consulting. This year’s theme was ‘Thoughtful leadership for a healthy culture’. Once again I came away with lots of new ideas and questions to consider in my work with my clients. Throughout the day there was ample opportunity to learn from different perspectives on engagement and organisational culture. …

#YouMadeItHappen – my favourites

browningyork Browning York News, Charity, Collaboration, General communication, Story-telling, Voluntary sector

This week charities have been using the hashtag #YouMadeItHappen to thank their supporters and celebrate the difference they make. An email from NCVO’s Aidan Warner, sent to members to launch the imitative, said, “When we ask the public what they want to hear from charities, one thing comes through loud and clear. They want to know about the difference their …

Communication with volunteers

browningyork Communication audiences, Communication lessons, Engagement, Planning, Volunteers

The literacy charity for which I am a trustee, ABC to read, was recently awarded the Investing in Volunteers quality mark. Like many organisations, we are only able to do the work we do, changing children’s lives, because of our amazing volunteers. So we were delighted to receive recognition for the support we offer them. The process to achieve the …

Don’t embarrass your mother and other thoughts on effective communication

browningyork Browning York News, Communication audiences, Communication lessons, Planning, Voluntary sector

This afternoon I am talking to the local Women’s Institute (WI) group about ABC to read, the literacy charity of which I am a trustee. It’s a chance to spread the word about the work we do to change children’s lives by supporting them to develop their literacy skills. As with many small organisations, we rely heavily on volunteers to …

Employee engagement

browningyork Charity, Engagement, General communication

Yesterday I attended the CharityComms Internal Communications group: a great chance to meet with other IC professionals in the not-for-profit sector, share ideas and talk about the things that we do that make a difference. With over 30 people in the room, it was encouraging to see how many charities are now taking communicating with their employees (and volunteers) seriously …