The Shropshire Charity Network is the brainchild of experienced charity stalwarts Victoria Handbury-Madin (MCIOF) and Clair Moelwyn-Williams. The group holds free and informal bi-monthly meetings for people in Shropshire working within the charity sector and those keen to support not-for-profits in the county.
The group began in 2019 and has been growing in strength ever since. Victoria and Clair were keen to set up a group that gives people a platform to make new connections within the charity sector in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Having had the experience of working in the charity sector in the city Victoria noticed a lack of networking support across the county:
“When I moved back to Shropshire, from London, one thing I missed was having access to a large network of support, both from a large team and from the many sector-specific events that took place. I found that many people in Shropshire either work for small-medium sized charities or work remotely for national or international charities and often lack the support networks that are available in larger cities.”
The networking group, which runs quarterly is well attended and provides a host of activities including online and in-person networking, training and sector updates and really allows people across the sector to connect with each other and continue the conversations after the meeting. Sessions to date include topics such as; Branding, Volunteering, Finance, Legacy Giving, Measuring Social Impact, PR, CRM systems and Digital Fundraising – to name a few!
Chair of the Board of Trustees Selina Graham has been invited along to the network’s next event to share the progress of the Shropshire Community Foundation, taking place online Thursday 21st September.
Selina will be joined by Lewis Hardy, from Start Tech. Lewis will be talking to us about Cyber Security in Charity Sector, giving some recent Attacks Against Charities examples along with helpful information on Cyber Essentials Plus Accreditation and potential Government Funding.
Start Tech is a team of Certified IT and Cyber Security Experts based in Shrewsbury. They help organisations understand, manage, and reduce their Cyber Risks. Lewis has 9 years’ experience in Cyber Security and has helped some of the largest charities in the UK with their security concerns. He has a passion for raising awareness of the escalating risks which organisations are facing and more importantly, how you can mitigate them.
If you’re a regular or haven’t yet had the opportunity to attend a session SCF would be thrilled to see you there.
Find out more about the event, register and keep up to date with the Shropshire Charity Network here.
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Words by Anna Rose Bowler.