Constructive Voices – helping charities tell their story
What is Constructive Voices?
The voluntary sector has so many positive stories to tell and practical solutions to offer, across a huge range of issues. We want to help you make sure your voice is heard in the public arena, so the vital work you carry out is recognised and can be harnessed for the benefit of society.
At NCVO, we’re working to link charities and journalists, and to encourage constructive journalism – a more solutions-focused approach to news coverage. The public are turned off by negative news, and we want to help create a more rounded picture that examines solutions as well as problems.
How can Constructive Voices help me?
If you’re working in one of the following areas, we can help you link up with journalists.
- Assisting refugees
- Building cohesive communities
- Combatting domestic abuse
- Countering extremism
- Creating a sustainable future
- Empowering people with disabilities
- Encouraging volunteering
- Ensuring LGBT equality
- Fostering positive mental health
- Growing old positively
- Promoting mentoring for young people
- Reducing reoffending
- Supporting school years education
- Tackling homelessness
- Taking early action for better health
To sign up, fill in our short form describing the work your organisation does. We’ll then be in touch to help you with media coverage. Constructive Voices is open to any organisation that has positive solutions to offer. This can include social enterprises and other initiatives, as well as charities both large and small.
What else can I do?
- For more help working with the media, register with CharityComms' AskCharity service with whom we're collaborating. Once you’ve signed up, the media will then be able to contact you directly to ask for contributions to stories they’re working on. You’ll also get alerts to breaking news stories opening up opportunities to piggyback on the news.
- Follow @ConstructiveVox on Twitter. We’ll be tweeting breaking news to keep you in the loop, identifying examples of constructive stories and getting you to flag up your own positive work.
Find out more
You can read more about Constructive Voices:
Who's benefitting from Constructive Voices
See the list of some of the charities and social enterprises who have secured media coverage thanks to Constructive Voices or have received free interview training through our collaboration with journalism colleges.
Constructive Voices advisory board
Constructive Voices is supported by an advisory team that includes:
- Sir Martyn Lewis CBE, ex-chair of NCVO, former BBC television news presenter
- Caroline Diehl, chief executive of the Media Trust
- Professor Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS, former BBC and ITN journalist
- Clare Pelham, chief executive of Epilepsy Society
- Duncan Shrubsole, Director of Policy, Partnerships & Communications at Lloyds Bank Foundation
- Fiona Dawe CBE, charity consultant
- Professor Ivor Gaber, Professor of Journalism at Sussex University, advisor to BBC Trust
- John Barrett, chief executive of the Small Charities Coalition
- Rob Wilson, director of Ashoka UK
- Sean Dagan Wood, editor of Positive News and founder of the Constructive Journalism Project
- Stephen Hull, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post
- Tom Elkins, chief executive officer of PhotoVoice
- Vicky Browning, chief executive of Acevo