Golley’s week that was #32

Transport for Wales talked about the potential of the metro in ‘Metro and Me’

We went along to the Metro and Me event this week and heard from Transport for Wales about the exciting plans for the South Wales Metro. The event helped attendees understand what the Metro is and what opportunities it could bring. The really interesting part for us is the bigger picture approach – Colin Lea of Transport for Wales put it best: “The train is only a small part of it – this is about building communities and economic development”.

For this month’s CIPR Rise and Shine we met the BBC Wales Today team

On Thursday morning our creative communications team went to the BBC Wales HQ in Llandaff for a panel discussion with the editor, producer and planner working on BBC Wales Today. The team heard more about their roles, how the programme is produced and what they’re looking for in a story.

Top takeaways:

  • Pitch early – there’s always news that breaks on the day, but most content is planned up to a month ahead. Let planners know what you have coming up and they can add it to the news diary.
  • Think about gender split – the BBC is working towards a 50/50 gender split for contributors to the programme. Offer female spokespeople where possible and think about the people affected by your story.
  • Create a package – when the BBC puts together a story for Wales Today, they need to include a range of voices and perspectives. The more you can offer, the more likely you story is to be covered.

We’ve been helping to support the Believe charity

We’ve been lending a helping hand to Anna Louise Bates the founder of ‘Believe’; a charity set up in honour of her husband and son to support and promote organ donation in Wales and beyond.

Anna’s been selected to receive the ‘Point of light’ award which recognises outstanding individuals and highlights an enormous array of innovative and inspirational volunteering work across the length and breadth of Britain. Every week day the Prime Minister recognises an inspirational volunteer with the ‘Daily Point of Light’ award.

In a personal letter to Anna-Louise, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“By creating ‘Believe’ you have responded to a personal tragedy with tremendous strength and resolve. You should feel incredibly proud of your work in honour of Stuart and Fraser, raising awareness of organ donation and supporting other families who are affected by this vital issue.”

Anna will be presented with the award at the annual Believe charity ball, which takes place on 13 October at the Cardiff City Stadium.

We’ve been securing coverage for client’s Hugh James

This week, we worked with the brilliant lawyers at Hugh James to secure some prominent national newspaper and broadcast coverage around the inquest into the tragic death of 39-year-old Amir Halling from sepsis. The inquest concluded that the serious failures by Hillingdon Hospital amounted to neglect. Lynda Reynolds of Hugh James’ clinical negligence team was representing Amir’s family and commented on the tragic frequency of these cases of preventable deaths.

Our Creative Comms team have been busy filming at Skills Cymru in Cardiff

Camera and tripod in hand we headed down to the Wales Millennium Centre to find out what was on offer at Wales’s largest careers, jobs, skills and apprenticeship event. SkillsCymru is aimed at pupils and students in Years 10,11,12 and 13 as well as their parents and teachers. The event invites over 100 companies and organisations to inspire and motivate attendees face-to-face and inform them about careers they may have never considered. Our team were there across the two days (with later dates planned in North Wales) to source out those golden pieces of content and soundbites from the event to highlight on social and show just how beneficial it can be.

And here’s the Golley Goss..

Our communications team are heading to City Hill tonight for the CIPR Pride Awards where we’ve been shortlisted for five awards, so check back next week to find out how we’ve got on.