Aunty Social wants to give people opportunities to meet new friends through positive arty activities.
Currently, there seems to be very few accessible ways to meet new people that don’t involve going to a pub or bar. Aunty is here to draw up a programme of arts and cultural activities designed to bring people together and get them talking, whether it’s community cinema, art exhibitions, textile classes or craft nights, lets get people out of the house, sharing their skills/interests and having a good time together.
Cue History Lesson
Restarted back in 2011 as a group of friends who wanted something fun, affordable and social to do. So we raided our attics, scoured our wardrobes and went off to a car boot sale to raise £30 for our first workshop.
We’ve received funding from the Arts Council, Blackpool Council, Richmond Fellowship, Leftcoast and the EU Youth Initiatives but this is not the majority of our income. We really believe in sustainability and work hard to make sure than projects can pay for themselves or each-other.
Fast forward 9 years and now we have a variety of projects on the go as well as online arts and culture magazine Blackpool Social Club and the Winter Gardens Film Festival. We’re still completely volunteer-run and led; we are super proud of all our helpers who help us put on events and activities to a professional standard.
So what does the future hold?
Well, we’re keen to build on everything we have achieved. We’re really keen to employ someone to help us with the organisational and office work – hey, if we can do all of this on evenings and weekends, imagine what we could achieve if we had some admin help! All in all, we want to offer the people of the Fylde coast even more great things to do. We want to share and make great art in our local communities so we can all enjoy all the social benefits. Don’t just be social, be Aunty Social.