May 2014: Pilot Project for a nation-wide Branch event
May 2014: Take part in our pilot project for a nation-wide Branch event!
At the Association, we always look for ways to celebrate our volunteers all over the country and help our Branches expand their reach and we are now launching a pilot project that could lead to the creation of a nationwide programme of events that are united by a common theme. We are inviting branches to help test this exciting new project, so - if your Branch is up for the challenge and wants to give us some feedback, tips and ideas - why not take part and perhaps also join forces with other Branches or local organisations? Your Branch could also have access to a special matched funding pot reserved just for this event or enter a competition to win fabulous cash prizes!
About the project
The year 2014 will be the European year of the brain. A variety of brain related activities will be organised around Europe and we have decided to make the brain the theme of the Association’s first Nation - wide Branch event that will take place throughout May 2014.
As a branch member, you can take part by organising any type of event to celebrate the brain. Your event could be organised in conjunction with other Branches or local organisations, and would give you a great opportunity to expand your audience and network!
Possible events could be : Café Scientifique, pub quiz, talks, lectures, social/community event, lab visits, art exhibitions, Sciscreen, bright club, science busking, stand-up comedy, a short movie/video or audio/podcast… and in general anything brain related!
Read on for information about how to get involved and how you can also win cash prizes for your branch by entering our competition.
How to get involved
Participating is easy! Simply organise a brain themed event in May 2014, and register this event on our website (through your Regional Officer)
Your Regional Officers will always be there to help you and will be promoting events on an national and regional level, as well as providing tips and advice throughout the process.
To help you on your way, you can apply for funding through the strategic branch grant scheme for your event, and your Branch will also have access to an exclusive match funding pot if you are able to raise some funds externally. Don't forget to check out our fundraising toolkit in the branch forms and toolkits are of the website for helpful advice and information.
In addition to taking part in the Nation - wide project, you can also enter your event into our competition to win cash prizes for your branch. Simply send your Regional Officer audio/visuals of your event, accompanied by a short summary. Full competition criteria are available in the toolkit below.
For more details about this project, information about how to take part and the competition criteria, download our toolkit:
How we can help with your event/competition
This is your event, and it is aimed at celebrating all of our volunteers nation-wide. If successful, this will become our very own yearly flagship event but we need your help to make sure this pilot project is successful. Your regional officer is here to assist you, so please contact us if you need any tips and advice on:
- How to register your event
- How to enter the competition
- Promoting the event in the local media (press releases, etc.)
- Researching and/or creating links with other local organisations
- Fundraising ideas or information about potential donors
- How to turn your traditional event (such as Scibars and Café Scientifique) into a brain themed event or organise a completely new event
- Additional material and risk assessment forms
- How to use your NSEW event to launch your brain event
And much more!
We hope you are all as excited as we are about this new challenge and we are sure that you will help us come up with a successful project! For further information, please email your Regional Officer or the Regional Fundraising and Support Officer Giulia De Matteis