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!

Do you know your Tweets from your Pokes?…

Aunty Social Connected

Introduction to Social Media, Wednesday 1st June 2011

The Number 5 Cafe, 5 Cedar Square, Blackpool, FY1 1BP. Map

More information

Hey Film Buffs!

20110519-181934.jpgAre you interested in becoming a member of the planning committee of Aunty’s film society?

It would involve various tasks including: setting up the group, sourcing suitable films, putting together funding applications, developing & coordinating publicity and running showings.

If you’d like to get involved please email info@auntysocial.co.uk

CALLING ALL KNIT-WITS!

Knittaz With Attitude knitting group: 6pm to 8pm 1st Monday of Every Month at Claremont Park Community Centre, Claremont Road, Blackpool, FY1 2QJ,

Bring your own work or join in with our yarnbombing project…anything goes!
All ages and abilities welcome.

£3.50 per session.

We will provide a light meal, tea and coffee, so please let us know in advance if you’re coming. You can do this by registering here at Eventbrite
or emailing info@auntysocia​l.co.uk.

We’ll decide what we will eat on http://www.facebook.com/knittazwithattitude (we’ll have a poll every month).

 

Thanks for coming to the Stitch Up!

Felt -work Materials

A lovely time was had by all at the Right Royal Stitch up.  We had a great time making felt flowers, jewellery and knitting.  Thanks to Kerry and Craig at Barista for being really welcoming and helpful.

See more photos on Flickr

 

Sarah the Knit-Wit

 

 

 

Knittaz With Attitude

Calling all knit-wits! 

Aunty fancies a bit of yarnbombing (a type of street art that uses knitted fabrics instead of paint.  There will be a ‘knitting 101’ session for beginners to get you started.  This is your mission…if you’d like to get involved, drop us an email on info@auntysocial.co.uk for info on our next sesh.

A right royal stitch-up, 2pm, Friday 29th April 2011

Celebrate the Royal Wedding (or not) with a craft workshop courtesy of Aunty.
Cake, tea, beadcraft, feltwork, bunting, records, chat, biscuits…done.

2pm to 5pm on Friday 29th April 2011 at Barista, 24 Birley Street, Blackpool, FY1 1DU

Cost: Only a measly £1.50 to help us pay for materials x
          Keep everything you make

If you’d like to come along, please let us know in advance (so there’s enough materials and cake), by email info@auntysocial.co.uk or on our Facebook Event Page

Yomofo ‘AL FRESCO’ 11th June 2011

Good golly, Miss Molly, word doesn’t half get around quickly!  Aunty Social has had a great response, thank you, thanl you, thank you!  It’s lovely to know that people are interested and want to get involved. 

We will hosting own very own arts and crafts marquee at Yomofo ALFRESCO on Saturday 11th June 2011 !  Laid back beats and safe fun-packed day for all the family.  Including craft and fun for the kids, laser tag, local artists showing what they do, entertainers, live graffiti art, puppets, football coaching, bboy and street dancing lessons! Lots more to be confirmed.

Find out more at www.yomofo-alfresco.co.uk

We’ve decided to offer beadcraft and kite-making, its all included in the general entry price and whatever you make you can take home… WIN!