Two free charity workshops facilitated by Smile and held at Gosschalks Solicitors have enhanced the skills of local charities.

The first event was a Digital Workshop delivered by Lloyds Bank; Google Digital Garage and Reason Digital. The sessions focused on improving the digital presence of charities: telling your story online; cyber security and social media with a question and answer section.

Over 60 charities attended the Digital Workshop and left fantastic feedback. Declan Nicol, from the Health Tree Foundation, said:

“Today was really informative – I particularly liked the social media section and I’ve got lots of new ideas to take back to the Health Tree Foundation to help our digital presence grow!”

Smile hopes to be able to repeat this free charity workshop at a later date.

Audience and Steve from Gosschalks presenting

Audience and Steve Savage from Gosschalks introducing the Digital Workshop

‘Nobody Puts Data in the Corner’ General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) event was Smile’s second workshop aimed at charities. Nisa Retail and their MADL Charity kindly sponsored the guest speaker, Paul Barks, from the NCC Group Plc. Paul gave a one-hour overview of GDPR, including some relevant examples of charities that have recently been warned for breaches of data protection. Guests then took part in a Q&A session for 30 minutes, with plenty of questions raised.

Nick from NCC Plc and John from Smile

Paul Barks from NCC Plc and John Flavell from Smile

Feedback was very positive, with one attendee saying:

“I feel more informed and now have a starting place to ensure GDPR is correctly implemented.”

Numerous local charities attended both the Digital and GDPR workshops, including:

Open Doors Project

Hull Optimists

Health Tree Foundation 

Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy

St.Michael’s Youth Project

Dyslexia Sparks

Maxlife Project

Anlaby Park Community Library

Hessle Road Network

Hull Philharmonic Orchestra

Beverley Community Lift

Hessle Sporting Club

Fitmums and Friends


Middle Child Theatre Company


Diabetes Support Hull

Cherry Tree Community Centre

Hull Community Voices

Inspire Communities

The Stephen Hughes Foundation

The Moorlands Charity

Hull Visual Choir

HEY Kids

If you’d like to keep up-to-date with Smile workshops for charities, please join the Smile Vault service: our free lending library of equipment for charities to access. Alternatively, contact Smile for more details.