Combatting ‘professional loneliness’

11th May 2022

The internet is currently flooded with statistics about loneliness due, in part, to its being the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. One of the most striking stats comes from the Mental Health Foundation which reports one in four adults feel lonely some or all of the time. This is worrying and I certainly don’t want to diminish the mental and physical health impact of being isolated, but I find it reassuring to know that feelings of loneliness are quite common.  



30th April 2022

It's been over two years since the Covid pandemic took effect, how have things changed for not-for-profit communicators? We asked our committee for their highs and lows over the last two years and look ahead to the changes that’ll be staying - those Covid-keepers.  


Getting results on a tight budget

3rd November 2021

During lockdown the Not for Profit committee had some serious discussions about some of the issues facing communications professionals working in our sector. Among the challenges which we identified was the problem of working with a very tight budget. There can be few comms professionals in the not-for-profit world who are not familiar with a work environment where the pressure is to do more with less.  


Getting Chartered as a not-for-profit PR – Gemma’s story

21st May 2021

If you’re a not-for-profit communicator, you may have looked at the Chartership process and wondered if it was right for you. In the first in a series of posts, Gemma Pettman, the Vice Chair of the CIPR’s Not-for-Profit committee shares her experiences of getting Chartered:  



13th July 2021

If there is one thing that the pandemic has taught us as communicators, the challenge of misinformation is very real. And where does this assault on the truth manifest itself most prominently? Yes, that’s right. Online. stakeholders?



23 March 2021
One year on from Covid becoming the most used word in public conversation, what has been the impact on our communications? Has it become harder, or have some found it easier to connect with stakeholders?


being a cipr volunteer

December 18, 2020

As they say goodbye, outgoing Not-for-Profit Committee members Alona De Havilland and Charlotte Dimond share their experiences as CIPR Volunteers and top reasons for why you should too.

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Recycle, reuse and reshare your content

December 16, 2020

Creating content is an investment. Aside from your time (which is valuable), you may subscribe to paid apps and tools which give the assets you have created a polished look and feel. It stands to reason you would want the video...

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Looking for a new job – where do you start?

December 11, 2020

In the first article of our series on recruitment and employability, Tristan Shirley from Prospectus helps you get back to basics and shares tips that could help you find your next role.

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AGM Views and Q's

December 9, 2020

After sharing updates on what we, as a group, have achieved in the last year (more on that here) we welcomed our guest speaker to the AGM ‘stage’.

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Writing and talking about disability

December 4, 2020

Across the UK new accessibility regulations mean public sector organisations have a legal duty to make sure their websites and digital apps meet accessibility requirements. The regulations required all public sector websites...

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How we have helped you in 2020

November 23, 2020

Thank you to members who were able to attend our Annual General Meeting on the night before the current lockdown in England. this blog post is a recap and another chance for you to contribute.



What can we learn from the behavioural sciences?

September 23, 2020

Getting people to change their behaviour can be a tough challenge. Take obesity. There is evidence that people who are obese are more likely to die from Covid-19 or have a  bad reaction to the virus. Our PM should know.


Fundraising and Communication

September 9, 2020

Fundraising may seem like an unusual topic for a panel discussion for comms pros, but those of us who work alongside fundraisers - or have income generation as part of our role - will know how intricately linked the disciplines are...



How can you fundraise during a pandemic?

August 10, 2020

As the PR Officer and Treasurer for my local hospital radio station, it's been an interesting few weeks! Is this just a "temporary" blip or will we see some of these changes become the “norm”? Certainly there will be a lot of changes, both short-term and long-term...


Helping not Helping: A charity campaign to drive a difficult conversatioN

July 29, 2020

A finalist in the CIPR 2020 Excellence Awards, the Helping Not Helping Campaign is an example of a focused campaign that drives an uncomfortable and often complex discussion around voluntourism and western privilege. 


engaging your people about priority issues

July 22, 2020

In organisations of every size, internal communicators support senior leaders to engage and emotionally connect with their teams. No matter how geographically or physically dispersed our people are, we have a duty to inform and engage people on our values, strategic priorities and developments.


The future of events

July 13, 2020

After the past few months, with lock-down and social distancing, how will events look in the future, will they even exist? Hundreds, even thousands of events have either been cancelled or postponed...

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Wombling and learning through lockdown

July 6, 2020

At the beginning of April 2020, I joined nine million other people in the UK who were furloughed.I am a PR and Communications Officer for Edinburgh Leisure, a charity that exists to support the health and wellbeing...

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COMing into our own: comms in A Crisis

June 17, 2020

For many communication professionals, the past twelve weeks will have seen them catapulted into a world of crisis communication.Organisations and their leaders are relying heavily on the advice and guidance....

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Communicating through and beyond crisis

June 1, 2020

The global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is challenging for every person around the world on a personal or professional level, possibly even both. For those of us working in communications...

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November 18, 2019

If you have thought about livestreaming your events and activities but don’t know where to start...



Digital on different budgets

November 14, 2019

CIPR Not-for-Profit Group held its inaugural AGM with a panel discussion focussing on digital communications and achieving great results on different budgets. 

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Learn how to pitch to the press from the pros

July 29, 2019

Despite the changing media landscape, pitching stories to journalists is still a core skill for many PR professionals...