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Future Faces Future Faces Chamber Patrons


Contact: Anna Assinder T: 0845 6036650


Creative solutions for unprecedented times


Upcoming Events


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Future Faces has created a programme of online events to engage young professionals across the region. Here is a list of forthcoming virtual events:


Future Faces Online Speed Quiz Night Date: 01/05/2020 Time:


18:00 – 20:00 Platform: Webinar


Future Faces Webinar: Getting past Imposter Syndrome Date: 05/05/2020 Time:


12:30 - 13:30 Platform: Webinar


#FFChamberChat networking Date: Time:


07/05/2020 12:00 - 13:00


Platform: @FFChamber on Twitter


Creative call (from left): the Notepad team - Ian Micallef, Dominic Redi, Naeem Alvi, Will Lanham, Krishna Chauhan and Josh Cutts


Creative professionals are rallying together to use their skills and free time to help charitable and essential service organisations tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. A new initiative called ‘Sometime’ has been


created by branding agency and Future Faces member Notepad. As a result of the pandemic, hundreds of


essential service organisations, not-for-profits and charities are under immense pressure when it comes to communicating with their audiences and raising funds. And as more creative employees find


themselves furloughed or without work, Sometime was set up to help connect under-utilised creative skills with organisations that most need support. Notepad’s managing director Naeem Alvi said:


“We put a shout out on social media to see if any of our creative friends would be up for volunteering some of their time to help tackle Covid-19 related problems. “Within 24 hours, we’d had more than 100


creatives from across the UK volunteer their time and skills to help. It was an incredible response and very humbling.”


As a not-for-profit, Sometime is voluntarily


run and funded by the team at Notepad. Creative professionals across the country have


offered their time to support organisations across a broad range of skill sets, including social media, brand/graphic/print/advertising design, PR and media communications, photography, videography, animation, editing, live streaming, advertising and brand strategy, copywriting, digital marketing, website design and printing. The Sometime team have already had


requests from a number of NHS hospitals and charities that need creative support. Naeem added: “At a time when the world


needs creativity more than ever, creatives are being put on hold. “Our goal is to make this a global initiative


that helps to alleviate the pressure of this current crisis and puts creative skills to good use. Now more than ever we need to work together to use creativity to bring the world out of isolation.” If you’re an organisation in need of creative


support or a creative professional that wants to help, visit www.wearesometime.org


Apply for charity of the year


Charities in the Greater Birmingham area can now apply for the chance to become Future Faces’ charity of the year for 2020/21. Application forms can be downloaded from


www.greaterbirminghamchambers.com/future faces and the deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 8 May. The winning organisation will become the


Future Faces charity for the next 12 months and will be supported through a host of


initiatives and fundraising activities. In 2019/20, Future Faces raised more than


£5,000 for Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s Woodland House Appeal. Members took part in a number of activities


throughout the year such as decorating hospital wards at Christmas and collecting items for patient care packages. A fundraising quiz night was also held, as well as a ring raffle at the annual dinner and awards last September.


Fast Track Networking (part of the Aston Business School Leadership Essentials Series) Date: Time:


19/05/2020 12:30 - 13:15


Platform: Webinar


Arup extends support for Future Faces


Arup has reinforced its commitment to developing young professionals in Greater Birmingham by increasing its Future Faces cohort. The leading engineering and consultancy firm


already had 11 members enrolled and enjoying all the benefits that the young professionals’ arm of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce has to offer. They have now given a further 14 staff a


chance to sign up for another year. Mark Jones, Arup’s office leader in the Midlands, said: “We are once again delighted to be able to offer a further 14 colleagues a place within the Future Faces forum as part of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce’s approach to offering network opportunities to all our talent within our city-region. “We really value the Future Faces network as


it allows our colleagues to build their own professional network and help them to advance their own development. “As a company, we work across all aspects of


the built environment. By joining, I know that our colleagues will bring a wealth of creative and diverse ideas to share with other professionals. “This is a natural investment for us as it very


much allows us to support and shape the future of business in the Midlands.”


May 2020 CHAMBERLINK 37


Driving Responsible Business (part of the Aston Business School Leadership Essentials Series) Date: Time:


13/05/2020 17:30 - 19:00


Platform: Webinar


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