Organising events

There’s nothing worse than taking the time to organise an event, only to find that hardly anyone turns up.

So here are a few things to consider that should help your event – from a union meeting to a recruitment stall, from a lobby to a social event.


Think about the timing: will the majority of your members be able to make it? If you have members who work night shifts, how are they catered for?


Think about the venue: where will be convenient for most of your members? Is it too small, or is it too big?

Is it fully accessible, including by public transport?

Is it welcoming for everyone? Some members might not feel comfortable meeting in a pub, for instance.


If you’re holding a long event, are there facilities for parents to bring their children: a creche, for instance?

Spreading the word

Advertise, advertise, advertise. If you have a newsletter, use that to let people know as far in advance as possible – and then remind them nearer the date.

But use email and posters around your workplace too – and social media such as Facebook and Twitter.


Consider whether having refreshments will help to encourage people to attend.


Most important of all: make sure that the event is based around the real concerns of members.