Put your marigolds on for Aunty!

Help us spring clean our new HQ and get launch tickets (including cake and cocktails):
Aunty has secured a town centre venue through the Blackpool Culture Shops Project 2011 and needs lovely volunteers to make her HQ spick and span in time for the launch of the project on 8th July.
If you are free to lend a hand between Monday 4th and Friday 8th July, please visit the Facebook event page and follow the instructions to mark your availability.
All of the time slots last 2 hours and you can choose more than one. All helpers will receive an invitation to the event launch on Friday 8th July at 6pm (details will be given on signup).
For any additional information, please email info@auntysocial.co.uk
A few pictures of the shop in its current state:

Knittaz with Attitude: Straight outta Fair Isle…

Last night was the first Knittaz with Attitude (KWA) session at Claremont Park Community Centre, Claremont Rd, Blackpool.  22 knitwits came along to knit one, purl one and maybe drop one!

Our knittaz either brought their own work or joined in with our yarnbombing project…part 1 making snuggly little lamp-post cosies 🙂 with slogans such as:

– I love lamp (post)
– Keep Blackpool Toasty
– Big up your knitting needles
– Son of a stitch
– Aunty says “yeah boi!”

It was lovely to meet new people and see new faces, as well as learn new skills from our more experienced members (yes Pat, that’s you!).  We also shared info on where to get the best deals on woolly goodness as well as inspiration for new projects.

All of this was, of course accompanied by the mother of all buffets…good times!

Thanks to all who turned up and to Caz and Mel for the yummy food, you will now be known as Buffet the Banquet Slayers.

 

KWA will continue to meet on the 1st Monday of every month, 6pm to 8:30pm at Claremont Park.  All newcomers welcome.  For more details visit the KWA Facebook page

AuntySocial Connected (Part 1) a huge success!

Last Wednesday evening Aunty’s first “Connected” event took place at the Number 5 Cafe. For those of you who don’t know, Connected is our evening where we help third sector organisations get to grips with social networking and how it can help their organisation. On the night we had nearly 30 organisations show up to listen, ask questions and begin their social media journeys.

First up on the night was Nathaniel Cassidy who delivered a brilliant presentation giving insights into the various social networks out there as well as some real life examples of when employees from private companies have got it wrong and suffered the concequences online and in public. You can view Nathaniel’s presentation below!

Next up was Duncan Hodgson who gave us some more localised statistics about internet and Facebook usage in Lancashire and Blackpool. Duncan also incorporated a short ice breaker to get everyone in the room sharing – attendees were asked to tell the group their name, who they work for and three hash tags (facts, things or interests) about themselves. You can view Duncan’s presentation below!

After the presentations had finished we got into the social media surgery time. Attendees had the opportunity to spend some time one to one with a “surgeon” who could answer their questions in real time and actually do – rather than discuss. Between our surgeons we managed to get quite a few of our local organisations signed up to Twitter including Blackpool Advocacy, Libery Church Blackpool and UK Online Centre (Blackpool). You can also check out photos from the evening on our Facebook page!

We’d like to thank John Popham, John Walker, Nathaniel Cassidy, Steven Flower, Liz Hardwick and Mel Evans for being our social media surgeons and helpers on the night. Without them the evening would not have been possible!

We’ve already seen a number of blogs spring up reviewing the event so if you’d like to check these out visit Duncan Hodgson’s blog, John Popham’s blog or John Walker’s blog! If you’ve done a write up then make sure you let us know so we can share it on here.

We’re already plotting our next “Connected” event for some time in July and we’ll be releasing details very soon! Keep getting involved in the discussion on twitter by using #blackpsms and we hope to see you next time!