Meetings and Conferences

February: Free media training with IMIX for NACCOM members


IMIX, the refugee and migration sector communications specialists, are offering a series of free media training workshops to NACCOM members over the coming months.

The workshops will all take place online via Zoom and will cover different aspects of media training, chosen based on recent feedback members have given us about the support they need.

Details of workshop one (the same session will run once in the morning at 9.30am and in the afternoon at 2.00pm):

The first workshop will cover the basics on communicating about migration and engaging the media.

From looking at what the public and different audiences think about immigration, we will explore how this should inform our approach when sharing stories and engaging with the media. We will also cover basic messaging tips, how to respond to negative narratives, preparing for an interview and safeguarding.

This training is for people in Communications roles who want more sector-specific information on media practice, or for people who are not in Communications roles but want to know more about the media landscape and practice in the sector.

The Agenda is as follows;

Public attitudes

  • What the public think about immigration
  • What different demographics / audiences think

Communicating about immigration

  • Basic tips (includes messaging advice)
  • Elements of a successful story / media piece
  • Things to avoid
  • Responding to negative narratives / hate

Dealing with / engaging the media

  • What are journalists like / after?
  • Responding to the media
  • Preparing for an interview
  • Safeguarding / things to consider

The 90-minute workshop will be interactive and there will lots of opportunities for discussion and to ask questions.

Details about how to access the session will be released via Zoom a few days prior to the event. The ticket allocation is one space per member organisation.


*We will operate a waiting list, and will look to run over-subscribed sessions again, so even if the sessions are full, please add your name to the waiting list.

Fortnightly members’ drop-in Zoom call – ongoing Covid response


Every fortnight we host an informal Zoom chat for members who want to join with others in the network to discuss project updates, share responses and best practice, and show solidarity in relation to the Coronavirus. All members are welcome. Details of how to join the call are circulated via our members’ Google group in advance of the meeting.

*** Our next national member Zoom meetings will be***

  • Tuesday 26th January
  • Tuesday 9th February
  • Tuesday 23rd February

If you are a member and would like to join our Google group, please email Hannah Gurnham, our Communications Co-ordinator. Alternatively, please get in touch with Paul Catterall, our Network Development Officer, to request details of the meeting.

Regional and Thematic Hubs – now online


NACCOM is committed to seeing an end to asylum and migrant destitution and part of the way we do this is to share our ideas, support one another and develop best practice. Our hubs are a great opportunity to find out more about the diverse range of NACCOM members’ accommodation projects as well as other exciting initiatives.

Our hub meetings are now conducted by Zoom, and take place twice a year per region.

Following feedback from members, we have also launched a series of ‘thematic’ hub meetings to explore the specific issues facing different types of accommodation project and drop-in services in the network, as we transition out of the pandemic.

The next round of both regional and thematic hub meetings will be in Spring 2021. Details will be published here shortly. 

We will send out more details, agendas and Zoom codes nearer the time.

If there are specific topics that you would like to cover at any of these meetings, please do get in touch.

All members will receive an invitation to the hub meetings as soon as the dates are announced – if you’re a member and haven’t received your invitation, then please email Paul Catterall. We also welcome attendance from partners and other colleagues in relevant fields. If you’re interested in taking part, please get in touch.

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