Aunty connects more organisations!

Stephen helps Simon from the Council for Voluntary Service to set up a Facebook page for the Barrio Fiesta

Last night Aunty held the second in the series of Connected events which once again proved a hit with our third sector community in Blackpool. We saw some people who had been at the last event come along again to continue to find out what they needed to know about social media as well as some new faces to add to our ever growing digital community here in Blackpool.

One of the things that we really enjoyed about last night was the ratio of surgeons to patients, as it happens it worked out that nearly everyone had a one to one personalised evening which allowed everyone to ask the questions that were important to them. I spent my evening with Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Credit Union (@bfwcreditunion) talking them through near enough every aspect of Twitter and I’m looking forward to watching the way they use social media developing to meet their needs.

Towards the end of the evening I spoke to Michelle Smith from Blackpool Carers Centre (@BlackpoolCarers) to find out exactly what she found the most useful about the evening. Press play below to find out what she had to say!

We are already in the process of planning the next in the series of Connected events for late August and of course we will be putting information out there as soon as we are able so your organisation can come down and ask the questions you need the answers to!

You can find our surgeons on the blackpsms-surgeons twitter list and the organisations who have come along on the blackpsms-orgs list. Check them out!

Liz & Blackpool Carers Centre

Liz & Blackpool Carers Centre

Kev helps the Motor Neurone Disease Association to start tweeting.

Thanks to everyone who came to the ‘Knit-in’!

More photos coming soon!

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Aunty HQ: Cocked, locked and ready to rock!

On Friday evening Aunty Social opened the new HQ at 25 Deansgate, Blackpool, FY1 3AU.

We managed to secure an empty shop (due to be demolished for the Talbot Gateway project in November) through the Blackpool Culture Shops Programme run by Blackpool Council Arts Service.  The agreement allows us to display in the windows and provides us  with a temporary central base for of Arts/crafts workshops.

Over 20 volunteers donated their time, skills, decorating and cleaning materials and we were able to make this transformation in only 5 days.  We have had extensive positive feedback not only from members, but also from local residents and members of the public.  Neighbouring business owners have also commented positively on the improvement we’ve made to what was a grotty, disused space.

The project has really brought people together, doing something positive for the Blackpool arts scene and for the community as a whole.

It’s a tremendous achievement, so thanks to all the volunteers, you are ace of base!

Knittaz with Attitude: Keep Blackpool toasty!

Sorry for the delay in posting, but we’ve had a busy, busy week at Aunty Towers!

The second KWA stitch-up took place last Monday at Claremont Park Community Centre, Claremont Rd, Blackpool.  Following the success of last month’s session, we were delighted to meet some more new faces to ‘chat knit’ to.

A few special mentions go out to:

  • Caz AKA ‘Buffet the banquet slayer’ who excelled herself by putting on another tasty spread.
  • Pat (now know as Crochet-Grandmaster Pat): for sharing her amazing crochet skills.
  • Katya: for showing everyone how quickly you can learn a new skill and be damn good at it.
  • Mel for general running around like an idiot-hole, making sure everything is running smoothly.
  • Gwynneth: tea-lady extroadinaire.

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

Announcing Aunty Social Connected Part 2

We’re pleased to be able to announce (after a little delay) the second evening of social media for the third sector by Aunty Social. After the success of the first Aunty Social Connected event which we ran back in June we’ve listed to your feedback and set a date for our second event.

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Aunty Social Connected (2)

Connected Part 2 will be taking place on Wednesday 27th July 2011 from 6pm to 8pm.

This time round we are going to be spending two hours solely on “social media surgery” time. For those of you who weren’t there last month, a social media surgery is when you get the opportunity to sit down in a small group with a social media surgeon and actually do things, whether it is setting up a twitter account or trying to work out how best to promote your organisation on Facebook. We’ve also changed the venue and will be using the Connexions Centre on Market Street, unfortunately as a result of this we have slightly less space so we’ve had to limit places to 20. We are on the look out for a more permenant home for future events so if you do know of anywhere please let us know, the requirements are that it needs to have disabled access, wifi and brew facilities – and we’d like to keep it in the town centre too.

There is also another thing we need – Social media surgeons! Last time round we had lots of help from people from out of town so this time we really need to find some people to help out on the night and sit down with organisations to give advice and information. If you’d like to get involved with that side of thing we’d love to hear from you so contact either @_AuntySocial_ or @TawdryMe on twitter or email info@auntysocial.co.uk!

To book tickets visit http://asconnected.eventbrite.com so get yours booked today and don’t miss out and as always follow the hash tag #blackpsms on twitter!