Cater's Choice

All the choice Christmas offerings you could ever want, served up with trimmings by Nick Cater.


As Christmas beckons and Third Sector takes a break, the sector can take advantage of a cornucopia of free gifts.

Turn Your Organisation Into A Volunteer Magnet is a book that offers "top tips and compelling case studies" from 40 volunteer management leaders from around the world on topics such as recruitment, retention and diversity. It is free to download or £5.15 to buy a hard copy from

"Advice, suggestions and first-hand experiences to guide leaders" are packed into Learning to Lead: Ten Ways to Develop Your Leadership Skills, published by the Leadership Centre. It is available to buy for £5 from and is free to download from www.third

Tips on Good Practice in Campaigning is the NCVO's recent evaluation of charity campaigns. It covers issues such as how to foster a campaigning culture. The book is free from the NCVO's campaigning effectiveness programme at


Always well supported by the Radio 4 Appeal - last Christmas it brought in £800,000 - St Martin-in-the-Fields in London's Trafalgar Square is a British institution of church, charity and much more. It is also the subject of a three-part St Martin-in-the-Fields documentary by the excellent director Chris Terrill, which will be shown on Five from 16 December.

And on BBC Three from 19 December, documentary series Born Survivors looks at issues of self-harm, poverty and being a carer through the eyes of children. The opening programme is called 'Kizzie: Mum at 14'.


The Media Trust is offering a free Introduction to Media seminar in London today to help small-to-medium charities working with minority, migrant, faith, refugee or isolated rural groups "learn the skills and self-confidence to gain positive coverage in the media and to produce better promotional materials". For more details, go to

CharityComms holds its free Christmas Bonanza, a "lighthearted look at the big, bad world of charity communications" on 19 December in London. Go to for details.

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