Social networking and CPD during COVID-19 lockdown

This week we should have been in Bath for CIfA2020 and while we are happy to be safe at home, we are disappointed to not be at the Apex presenting some excellent content and speaking with all of you!

Continuing CPD during COVID-19 lockdown

To keep with the conference spirit, we have a list of online resources for CPD below including (but not limited to) recorded sessions from previous years’ conference sessions as well as an extensive list of digital resources compiled by our Diggers’ Forum!

CIfA2019 session recordings

CIfA2018 session recordings

Diggers’ Forum online CPD

Social networking while social distancing

Comments on social media, such as during the Heritage Chat on Twitter, have highlighted how much people are missing the everyday networking opportunities which have been halted due to lockdown procedures. We know nothing can really beat the cross-organisational networking that happens over biscuits during tea breaks, but we are trying to fill that gap.

Next Monday, 27 April 2020, we will be trialling a new kind of event for us: Morning chat, a digital tea break, from 10:30 until 11:00. Expand your social network from the comfort of your own home and perhaps chat with some people on Zoom other than your daily contacts! We will set up a series of break-out rooms for people to join and go from there. CIfA staff will also be joining in on the conversations, so feel free to say hi! Please bear in mind: this is something new we are trying out. If you can think of ways to improve the process, let us know and we will see what we can do! This will be completely free with up to 100 spaces available. This week’s topics on tap will be:

  • CIfA stuff (standards, CPD, etc)
  • Coronavirus (furlough, projects on hold, discussion)
  • Lockdown living (skill development, crafts, puzzles)
  • Industry chat (networking, new finds)
  • Best Bond film (or equivalent)

Book your place here!

Upcoming trainings

We are working to roll out a digital CPD programme for the coming months. We understand this is a time when budgets are tight, so we are working to ensure we can offer a range of price points as well as discounted places for unemployed and low-income CIfA members. We will be setting up registration for these gradually, so keep an eye on your email and on our event page for the most up to date information.