NEON Movement Building webinars – Past Webinars

These are the webinars we have done in the past.  Email us at if you would like to find out more about any of the topics or issues we have covered in the past.

Series One (April 2020 – May 2020)

Messaging the Crisis (no video)
How do we communicate in this moment of crisis? Join NEON Director of Communications Matthew Butcher to explore some do’s and don’ts when it comes to messaging this moment – and discuss how we can share a positive narrative for the future.

The History of Mutual Aid (Watch here)
Over 2.5 million people have joined a Covid-19 mutual aid group in Britain, but what is mutual aid? We’ll learn from its rich history – from anarchist evolutionary biology to the Black Panthers to Occupy Sandy – mapping out what makes mutual aid a different, more resilient and more humane form of collective support than charity or the state could ever offer.


Mutual Aid in Practice: Lessons from Local Group Leaders (Video coming soon)
Kelsey and Minda have been organising Mutual Aid groups since the escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s been an overwhelming and heart-warming response from across the country of communities wanting to come together and support each other, which also has its challenges. Join us for reflections, top tips and collective solutions on how we can build and maintain mutual aid in our communities.

Mutual Aid Groups and Local Media (no video)
In this webinar with NEON Head of Media Kevin Smith, we’ll be covering how you might want to try and generate some publicity for your Covid 19 Mutual Aid group in local media, from who to contact, what to say, and what regional journalists are looking for in a story.

Mutual Aid and Anti-oppression: Involving different people in your group (Watch here)
Join expert trainer and activist Nim Ralph to learn more about the importance of anti-oppression in your mutual aid work, as well as getting some top tips and resources for how to bring this practice to life within your group.

Series Two (June 2020 – July 2020)

Taking Care of Ourselves during Covid-19 (no video)

In this workshop, we will explore the impact that Covid-19 has had on our wellbeing and mental health, both as individuals and in our communities. We will look at the ways in which coronavirus is contributing to activist burnout, and the unique challenges we face looking after ourselves in these times. This is all in the hope that we leave with clearer knowledge and plans about how we can take care of ourselves while organising during the pandemic. Facilitated by Yas Necati.

Introduction to Fundraising (Watch here)
Do you have a specific project or activity you want to develop? Want to learn more about different funding sources? Need help on how to write proposals or funding application forms? This workshop is for anyone who is interested in fundraising but has no or little experience of doing this. You will learn about different types and sources of funding available, the key stages in making applications for funding, and elementary skills required for writing proposals. No prior knowledge required, and there will be references throughout as to how Covid-19 is impacting fundraising during this time. Facilitated by Laura Drane.

Hosting an Online Barnstorm to Kickstart your Campaign (Watch here)
At a time where large meetings, events and rallies are off limits, the need to recruit and on-board volunteers online has never been more stark. This webinar will draw on international best practice to give you a crash course in planning and delivering effective online barnstorms or activist calls, combining the overarching strategy with the nuts and bolts of how to make it happen. Facilitated by Adam Klug and Emma Rees from The Social Practice.