Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, when we stopped face-to-face IOSH meetings and travel, we have all had to adapt to dramatically different ways of connecting and sharing information. These new approaches have changed and enhanced what we do in unanticipated ways and this informs decisions we’ve recently taken about how we run meetings and events for the rest of the 2020/21 financial year.
We have seen great examples of innovative ways our members, branches and groups have continued their activities using virtual meeting platforms and webinar formats. Since April 2020, as part of our Covid-19 series to support and guide members during the pandemic, we’ve run 20 high quality webinars with important stakeholders, including the World Health Organization, with more than 20,000 attendees from over 100 countries taking part. Our branches and groups have also hosted 57 webinars reaching over 10,000 people.
These have been remarkably successful in many ways, not only in helping to reduce risks of infection to keep people safe and well but also in engaging with new audiences, creating new communities of interest, strengthening existing ones, and even recruiting new members and active volunteers.
This use of technology has proven itself to be cost effective and, like most organisations, we have had to implement greater financial discipline and take steps to use our resources more efficiently. For this reason as well, we will not resume physical face-to-face meetings, including but not limited to IOSH branch, district, group or other committee meetings, until April 2021 at the earliest.
We will continue to improve our service to you, our members, and also support virtual meetings and events and share content that answers your needs. Your continued support will help keep people safe and healthy during these uncertain times and ensure that IOSH stays financially secure and resilient as we manage and recover from the impacts of Covid-19.
We are confident that the highly successful virtual meetings held in the past few months will continue to achieve good engagement until this situation can be reviewed. To find out more about our upcoming Covid-19 webinars, visit our webpage and we’ll keep you up to date with the latest branch and group events via Connect Diary.