GCS Events & Comms Exchanges

To book a place at these GCS events you must be a current member of the Government Communication Service.

Comms Exchanges are run by GCS members. If you would like to host a Comms Exchange, please email john.bilton@cabinetoffice.gov.uk


19 July


GCS Comms Exchange: Planning Ministerial Events

Visits and events are important communication tools. They enable ministers and senior leaders to meet and learn from stakeholders, to see examples of great work in local communities and in industry, to develop departmental thinking about policy and to provide a platform for communicating Government messages.

Join the Home Office Ministerial Visits and Events team to learn more about the interesting and diverse work of GCS visits teams and develop your skills in how to create newsworthy and informative visits for ministers or senior leaders.

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31 July


GCS Academy: Derby

At our East Midlands GCS Academy we are pleased to provide a full days training, covering topics such as GCS2020, the Year of Marketing, tackling disinformation, as well as local campaigns.

The Academy will cover:

  • GCS2020
  • The Year of Marketing
  • Behaviour Change (COM-B)
  • Internal Communications
  • External Affairs
  • the RESIST counter-disinformation toolkit
  • The Accelerate digital training programme
  • Leadership

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1 August


1-day intensive counter disinformation training for media and digital professionals

This training will tell you what you need to know about the threat of disinformation, how you can help your team to position itself strategically to be able to counter it, and the practical steps required to do this. The target audiences for this course are press and digital teams.

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19 August


GCS Comms Exchange: Data-led engagement and trusted voices

The Home Office’s EU Exit Communications team has effectively engaged a priority group of employers to ensure information on the EU Settlement Scheme reaches their staff. The team would like to share their experience of using data to prioritise key stakeholders and how those stakeholders can prove to be valuable communications partners.

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    5 September


    GCS Comms Exchange: A community approach: Engaging hard-to-reach audiences

    Join the Home Office’s strategic and marketing communications teams to understand our approach and learnings in developing community outreach communications. Using a case study approach, discover how we have engaged hard to reach audiences for our behaviour change campaigns including #knifefree, Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation.

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      7 October


      GCS Comms Exchange: Communicating with customers at our borders

      Join the Borders, Immigration and Citizenship strategic communications team to get a unique insight into delivering communications at each stage of the journey to the UK to make visitors feel welcome and to keep our borders safe. Get tips on delivering low-cost communications in multiple markets, working with a range of partners and tapping into a variety of opportunities.

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