Should you encourage your staff to attend network events? Guest blog by Katie Shuster from Chiltern Music Therapy

I think most people know that networking is hugely important for any organisation, big or small but with conflicting priorities, is it worth the time and who should go? Back in 2016, I embarked on a new role as Communications and Marketing Manager for Chiltern Music Therapy. I knew my role would include lots of […]

Reflecting on the Building Corporate Partnerships Charity Meetup in Bucks

We gathered to discuss Building Corporate Partnerships at the Charity Meetup Bucks on Thu 27 September 2018. The event was kindly hosted by John Lewis & Partners in High Wycombe. Key points: 1 – Listening is very important for both the charity and the corporate partner 2 – Creativity can help to find mutually beneficial […]

Reflecting on the Charity Meetup London No.14 – Diversity & Inclusion

Charity Meetup Diversity and Inclusion

On Fri Sept 21 2018 we gathered to discuss how we could all make steps to improve Diversity and Inclusion. More than 120 participants from a wide variety of organisations participated in networking and skills sharing, kindly hosted by Google. Thank you to all of our fantastic speakers and participants for making this a very […]

Progress, not perfection – Guest Blog by Ian Worman

On Monday the 27th November 2017 I attended my first Charity meet up. The topic of the evening was success and failure. It was an amazing evening, I met some great people. The topic was well presented with lots of new ideas to take away, I am planning to present some stuff at the next […]

Why it’s Important to Celebrate Success and Failure

I have worked in the charity sector for 13 years and have noticed a number of ways that certain organisations have managed to create a very positive and nurturing culture. By understanding how these positive environments are created, we can work towards creating workplaces where people feel valued and experienced staff are given autonomy to […]

Collaborating with online influencers – Guest Blog by John Sennett

Before I begin, I’m John Sennett, Founder of John’s Road to Volunteering, a world-leading volunteering blog, where I use my personal story to inspire others to give back to the community. Having worked with charities around the world and building a community around John’s Road to Volunteering, this guest blog will focus on effectively collaborating […]

Imposter no more – Guest Post by Ally Rea

If Impostor Syndrome needed a model……It could have been me. For much of my employed life, the first couple of years of my son’s life (he’s now all of 2.5), the whole of rebuilding our crumbling house and definitely my first forays into a new working life as a freelancing professional parent,  I just couldn’t […]

5 Ways Charities Can Benefit from Collaboration

When organisations with a common aim work together, they can cut costs, improve outcomes and reduce duplication.  Collaboration is of particular importance to smaller charities who are looking for ways to create a sustainable long term future. It is important to  stay on track, collaborations must help the organisations involved to deliver their vision and […]

5 lessons from setting up The Funding Network in St Albans – Guest Blog by Richard Sved

   “This is our community.” Last month saw the first of hopefully many Funding Network events in St Albans, where four people pitched ‘Dragon’s Den style’ on behalf of their good causes to a room of 90-odd potential donors. I was proud to lead the team of volunteers organising the evening, which raised nearly £12,000 […]

I don’t DO networking Guest Blog by Gemma Pettman

‘Why don’t you come along to Charity Meetup?’, I asked them. ‘I’m too busy’ ‘I don’t DO networking’ ‘I won’t know anyone’ ‘I don’t need any more clients at the moment’ ‘I don’t want to be sold to’ ‘I get nervous in rooms full of people’ When I went freelance five years ago I ploughed […]