The Stronger Voices programme
Media Trust, in partnership with Equally Ours, are delighted to announce that our Stronger Voices programme will be returning this October for its fourth year.
Stronger Voices is a free, six-month strategic communications capacity-building programme for London-based equality organisations.
Funded by City Bridge Trust, Stronger Voices has been specifically designed to strengthen the voices of equality organisations across the capital.
The last twelve months have exacerbated many of the issues facing the most marginalised people in society including increased levels of discrimination, digital exclusion and the isolation felt by many disabled people.
It’s more vital than ever to strengthen the voices of the charities that are working to secure equity and inclusion for marginalised, minority and vulnerable groups.
We believe that it’s by giving everyone a voice that we’ll get to a more equal society and that by empowering people with lived experience to share their stories, we can level the playing field for media representation.
What can I expect to learn on the programme?
The programme covers many elements of strategic communications from communications strategy and planning to key messaging and storytelling, from pitching to journalists and media interview training to social media optimisation strategies and mentoring on using Google ad grants.
We've had a lot of press hits in CNN, the Guardian, Independent and Newsnight. We’ve seen huge immediate returns from this programme.Shashi Ioannides, Migrants' Rights Network
When and where does the programme take place?
This year’s Stronger Voices programme will run from October 2021 to March 2022.
We hope to deliver the programme through a blended model of face-to-face and online learning, depending on government Covid guidelines and the preferences and accessibility needs of participants.
Who Should Apply?
This programme is designed for the person responsible for the day-to-day communications at your organisation. It’s fine though if they also have other non-comms related responsibilities.
The programme is designed to be flexible so different people from your organisation can attend different sessions if your comms person isn’t available but we will need one lead contact who should ideally endeavour to attend the entire programme or as many sessions as possible.
To be eligible, your organisation must meet the following criteria:
- supports beneficiaries from one or more of the nine protected characteristics detailed in the Equality Act (2010)
- is working in one of the 32 London boroughs
- can provide at least three years of financial records
- is a small to medium sized registered charity with a turnover of £2 million or less.
A minimum of 50% (with a target of 66%) of places on the programme will be reserved for organisations that work with communities of colour and/or Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations (DDPOs).
Priority will be given to:
- Organisations that can demonstrate they are user-led (i.e., a majority of their board and senior executive team come from the communities they serve)
- Organisations that work across multiple equality strands (more than one of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act)
- Organisations that can demonstrate a strong policy/advocacy focus in their work
I frequently refer to the training materials, and go back to the templates and ideas from the sessions. The programme really helped me feel more secure in my own skills and to see where I needed to improve.Hera Lorandos, Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network
Got a question about the programme content, eligibility criteria or application process? Join us at 3pm on Wednesday 8 September for a Q&A with the Stronger Voices Programme Manager. Register your spot here.
If you have any further questions about Stronger Voices, or how to apply, you can email Programme Manager Rabia Mirza on email@example.com
Click here to apply to take part in this year’s programme. The deadline for applications is 16 September.
In partnership with:
The Stronger Voices programme is in partnership with Equally Ours
This programme is generously funded by the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust.
Our Corporate Partners
We enjoy outstanding support from the media industry. Our partners include: