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  • How to Plan a Charity Event

    Charity events can be a great way to raise money for a good cause while presenting a visible and positive approach to publicising your cause to the community. Below you will find some pointers on how to plan a successful charity event and to get the most out of it.

  • How to deal with a challenging panel

    Every Fair Share Trust panel is unique to its local area. When working properly, they consist of people who represent a wide variety of interests and services, all of whom have an active part to play in the community and who work with Local Agents to set local Fair Share Trust priorities and award funding. It’s unsurprising that clashes of opinions occur. While it’s important to encourage passion for the work of the Fair Share Trust, some areas have encountered small groups or individuals whose enthusiasm is counterproductive, making it difficult to reach a consensus.

  • How to Engage with your Community

    The Fair Share Trust programme faces some of its most challenging work on a daily basis, work at the heart of the programme: engaging people from within the Fair Share Trust neighbourhoods. What counts as engagement, and what works, are questions that Local Agents have grappled with over the past nine years, and with varying results. Some communities want and need to be led through the involvement of development workers, whereas others emerge from a swell of strong local feeling and opinion.

  • How to create a blog for your charity

    They might not be new, or sexy, but blogs can play a key role in your organisation. Central communication hub It’s important to have a place that you can link to for more information and for follow-up, instead of just sharing news or updates only in a tweet, a Facebook message or contained in an email newsletter. Your blog becomes your website comms hub. A blog can provide the space for sharing news, announcements, stories, and other information and let you re-share and distribute it all over the web. A blog can also help people find out more about you or find other ways to stay connected to you. If someone sees an interesting post from you on Twitter and clicks through to the blog, and then can sign up for the newsletter. From here they can follow the link to “like” you on Facebook and learn about your organisation there too – a whole lot more engagement and communication (that you didn’t have to work for). Create community dialogue Another great opportunity you have with a blog is opening up your organisation by allowing comments and dialogue. Whether you are asking for feedback, sharing stories, or urging people to take action, providing a place for your community to share back with you shows your openness to feedback and interest in the community. And no, the possibility of getting a “bad” comment is not enough to disable the option for people to share their ideas, support and encouragement. Most of the time, if someone has something bad to say, other community members will step up to right the remark before you even have a chance! Multimedia storytelling Think blogs are boring? Well, maybe the kind you have seen are. Or, maybe you weren’t interested in the stories being told. Your blog is a chance for your organisation to show just how NOT boring it is! Do you have videos, pictures, or slides? Do you have lots of different voices? Your blog doesn’t have to be plain text on a big white page. You can use videos or images, you can hold competitions for ideas, you can post your favourite links or have guest contributors. Your blog is for you to share the storytelling you want to, with the kinds of media you want to!

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