Journal

CC webinars; sharing insights and helping each other

The Creative Concern team has been putting together a series of short and sweet pre-recorded webinars, on subjects that we think might be useful for our clients, as well as the wider world of charities, the public sector and all others who are commited to making this world a better place.  We hope you enjoy them and find something useful. And if you know someone else who might be interested, please share them on!

Creative breaks: ideas to keep you (and your family!) feeling creative

Here at Creative Concern, we're all about keeping ourselves thinking as creatively as possible, and sometimes that means taking a break, and trying something simple, and fun.

We've put some activities together that are great for adults and children alike. If you're feeling bogged down and struggling to find the creative spark at any time, feel free to download and give one of these a go – we hope they help!

Go Live - our websites for charities and not for profits

At Creative Concern we’ve been developing websites for charities and not for profits for 18 years. Right now beautiful, responsive, and completely editable websites are at the very heart of the sector's communications. So we’ve developed a special web product tailored exactly to their needs.

Find out more about Go Live and see if it could be the solution for your new website.

In 2019, you helped to make great things happen...

Our clients make an incredible difference in the world. 

And by working with Creative Concern to deliver your communications and campaigns, you’re helping to have an even bigger impact.

Read our 2019 impact report 

Illustrating sustainable travel

We worked with Bournemouth University on a cover illustration and supporting graphics for their sustainable travel plan 2019-25.

The plan aims to showcase sustainable travel both on and off campus, creating a visual representation of locality and activity to represent the University and city with students and residents cycling, walking, using local and University buses, plus trains, car sharing and also digital working.

The sustainable transport illustration was based within a geographical context featuring local landmarks including the Bournemouth Pier, the New Forest landscape and the university gateway buildings.

The design worked with a select colour palette to create an distinctive illustration that represented Bournemouth in a vibrant and eye-catching way.

Merseytravel Arrive Happy

Over the last year and a half we’ve been working with Merseytravel on a grassroots walking and cycling campaign targeted at workers right across the Liverpool City Region. The aim of the Arrive Happy project has been to encourage people to change their travelling habits, whether for their daily commute or leisure journeys.

We’ve reached tens of thousands of people in that time through workshops, social media, viral videos and PR, creating a network of ambassadors who reinforce the core belief that a health commute is within everyone’s reach.

Whether getting off the bus a few stops early each day, cycling to work once a week or walking part of your journey home with a friend there are so many things people can do that will make them feel healthier and happier.

Arrive Happy has made the people of Liverpool City Region into the heroes of the campaign, reflecting a reality and a feeling of aspiration that is really changing the way people engage with their travel choices. Find out more on the Merseytravel website.

Meet Felicity - Together Trust

Together Trust is a charity providing special education, residential services, fostering, family support and community services. The charity commissioned our film team to showcase the positive impact their Newbridge service can make to people aged 18 to 30 and their families.

We were delighted to work with the amazing Felicity and her family to find out more about how the Together Trust is supporting people, providing a diverse range of services and making a real difference to their quality of life. The film was used for a fundraising ball and for online promotional use. 

The Anne Frank Trust UK

We’ve been working with the education charity The Anne Frank Trust UK over the last year on some of their key communications materials, including an animation to promote their Ambassador programme.

The charity uses Anne's life and diary to educate and empower young people to challenge all forms of prejudice and discrimination. Some are trained by the charity to become Anne Frank Ambassadors, and go on to spread Anne's message of social justice and equality for all in their schools, local communities and online.

The animation tells the story of Sam – a bespoke illustrated character – who brings to life the Ambassador journey and the key learning it instills: that everyone is equal and your voice can make a difference – no matter who you are or where you’re from.

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy events

We have been involved in some inspiring events this month – showcasing some of our clients’ fantastic work, and sharing our insights. 

Earlier in March we joined Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy (whose website we were proud to design, develop and launch earlier this year) at the Stoller Hall in Manchester, for their Northern Lights Conference. During the weeks leading up to the conference, we teamed up with AFP to mentor a number of organisations, as they prepared to pitch for seed funding for their organisation. On the day, our Managing Director, Chris Dessent, spoke to the 150-strong audience, sharing insights around the power of storytelling for organisations seeking funding. 

Then on 25th March, we were back down in London with the Institute of Fundraisers, as part of their annual conference on digital fundraising. A great chance to showcase our wide range of charity fundraising campaigns, we were thrilled to be part of this major event in the IoF’s calendar. 

Lakes International Comic Art Festival competition

We are once again very excited to be working with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival team to promote another weekend festival, showcasing the best comic art from creators around the globe, in the Lake District town of Kendal in October.

One of the feature events at the festival this year is a special Hellboy exhibition, curated by artist Duncan Fegredo. To coincide with the exhibition, we are working with the festival to coordinate a student competition – HELL OF A COMIC ART CHALLENGE.

A tribute to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, a loveable horned half-demon, students are challenged to create their own new character who despite emerging from the hellish heat and fury of the underworld is, like Hellboy, a cool force for good.

The competition is now open for entries so if you know any budding artists or comic art enthusiasts!

Together Trust fostering campaign

We are proud to be working with Together Trust, an amazing charity providing support and care for 3,700 vulnerable young people and adults across the North West.

We are currently working to support the charity to recruit foster carers. Foster carers provide safe, caring homes for children who need them and our campaign is showcasing how brave and brilliant foster carers really are. Being a foster carer is rarely given the recognition it deserves and our campaign is a celebration of how important they are.

The campaign is currently running across programmatic and social media advertising.