Whassup ma Knittaz?

IMPORTANT!: January’s KWA is on the 2nd Monday of the month (9th January) to give you all time to recover from the festivities!  Back to usual from Feb 2012.

Calling all knit-wits!  Knittaz With Attitude knitting group. 1st Monday of every month, 6pm to 8pm 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 on Facebook or Eventbrite

 

Keep Blackpool Toasty: Yarnbombing session

Join us from 6pm on Thursday 22nd December at Barista (24 Birley Street) for another town centre yarnbombing session.

Do drop in for a bit of stitching, decorating, coffee and a cake.  Then it’s time to head out around the town to put up some of our creations.  Sign up on Facebook or Eventbrite so that we know you’re coming… “Shhh, secret squirrel!”


Aunty Talks Tech

Blackpool Central Library

Blackpool Central Library

On Saturday Aunty hosted So! VolTech 2011 – a conference on Social Media & Technology for the Voluntary Sector – at Blackpool Central Library. We had about 50 people attend on the day – some from as far afeild as the East Midlands and Yorkshire.

The morning saw five speakers share their experiences of social media and technology. @johnpopham, @stevieflow, @josephstash, Gary Copitch (from @peoplesvoicemedia) and @jezmyers all took to the stage and in an unplanned theme we saw all of them frequently referring to community and the importance of story telling when using social media. We’ve posted some of our videos over on our YouTube channel and we’ve got a few more on the way – so look out for those.

After our speakers had finished we got them all back up to the front to take a few qestions from the attendees. Thanks to the wonderful @johnpopham who live streamed the whole conversation you can listen back to what we discussed here. The last question was about whether the panel was representative of the gender split in the sector, and this has prompted a valuable debate over on @LouLouK‘s blog here.

Before we broke for lunch we broke up into three sessions from @PlugInLancs, @MyLearningPool and @BeGoodBeSocial. Liz from @PlugInLancs did a “Top 10 online goodies for NPO and VCFS groups and orgs” which was really well attended and you can see Liz’s slides at http://www.bit.ly/pluginsovol.

Talking tech on the beach

Talking tech on the beach

After lunch the unconference sessions began and because it was such nice weather outside (unusual for Blackpool I know) @johnpopham took a group down to the beach to speak about technology in the outdoors, and his experiences of organising #twicket – the live streaming of a village cricket match. There was some really interesting discussion about using technology to live stream events in the outdoors such as football coaching and Duke of Edinburgh Award activities and how this can showcase the work of community groups.

Back in the library @stevieflow led a session about Analysis Exchange, Google Analytics, bit.ly and Klout (note: Klout do sell your information to advertisers, thanks to @phpcodemonkey for raising this). The group discussed how using these resources and tools can make all the difference when making improvements or changes to your website. Analysis Exchange is way of non profit organisations getting advice on how to improve their site with no fees or charges – and definitely worth checking out. We also heard from @phpcodemonkey about Google Analytics new realtime analytics tool, for those of us who like to see the impact straight away.

More of the sessions from the afternoon included a Social Media Surgery offering one to one advice, what the voluntary sector can learn from business (in which there was a brilliant conversation about the value of testimonials and how they can be used to your advantage from @phpcodemonkey), a technology question & answer session from our sponsors at @testled and a session on young people and social media led by @LouLouK

You can view the photos from Saturday over on our Flickr account here. We’ve not uploaded all of them just yet but we will be adding more soon!

Huge round of applause…

We’d really like to give everyone who was involved in So! VolTech 2011 a huge round of applause, without all of you it simply would not have been possible. Our sponsors at Testled of course were fantastic as were our speakers, volunteers and everyone who wanted to spend their Saturday in a library in Blackpool talking tech with like minded people!

So what next then?

We’re currently watching the feedback come in before we put the wheels in motion for our next event – but we can say pretty certainly that there will be a next event, and we’re excited about it already!

As well as this we have set up our new Aunty Social Media email newsletter which we’ll be doing every month and will be stuffing full of information about social media, technology, events and the voluntary sector. You can sign up to get the newsletter here and if you have something you’d like us to include just send us an email to auntysm@auntysocial.co.uk.

In the blog-o-sphere…

Liz Hardwick tells us about the Plug In Lancashire workshop & more.
Louise Kidney talks about female speakers at technology events.
@socialbedia shares her photos and thoughts on So! VolTech 2011

As we spot more blogs we’ll update this list but if we miss any, tweet us @SoVolTech!

October Connected

talking twitter

Talking twitter

Aunty is pleased to announce that tickets available for Aunty Social Connected 5 which will be on the 26th October 2011 from 6pm to 8pm at Barista Coffee on Birley Street. We have spaces for 10 surgeons and 20 patients and we’re really looking forward to spending another evening answering your social media questions.

We’ve also taken the decision that instead of the surgery being purely for organisations from Blackpool, we are happy for any voluntary sector organisation from across Lancashire to attend so that as many as possible can take advantage of this free event.

As usual, if our social media skills can’t tempt you, we’ll be providing tea, coffee and probably cake! If you want to attend please sign up on the eventbrite page at http://asconnected5.eventbrite.com and as always you can keep up with the conversation in advance by following #blackpsms on twitter.

Update – Please note that we are not meeting at Central Library, the correct venue is Barista Coffee on Birley Street in Blackpool town centre.

Check out Aunty’s connections!

What's a social media surgery without cake?

On Wednesday night Aunty held the third in the series of Aunty Social Connected (or Blackpool Social Media Surgery). We had about 10 representatives from the voluntary sector in Blackpool come along and even though we were short on surgeons (thanks to @CazFisher74, @StephenMullen and Blu – without you we’d have been stuck) we had some lively conversation about both Facebook and Twitter.

 

talking twitter

Talking twitter

At the end of the evening we used ipadio to find out from some of our patients what they had enjoyed the most about the evening. You can listen to what they had to say below…

 

 

You can already register for September’s Connected event which will be happening on Wednesday the 28th of September 2011 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the (soon to open) Blackpool Central Library! To sign up for your place visit http://asconnected4.eventbrite.com. As always you can keep up with the discussion on twitter with hashtag #blackpsms!

We’re also still hard at work organising So! VolTech – a conference on Social Media & Technology for the Voluntary Sector – which will be taking place on the 19th November 2011. Tickets aren’t available yet but you can keep up with the latest developments at the blog or by following @SoVolTech on twitter!

August Connected and future developments!

Announcing Aunty Social Connected Part 3!

connectedposter3We have been hard at work since the second Connected event that took place last week arranging venues and dates for the next couple of evenings of social media. With that in mind we are pleased to be able to announce that the next Aunty Social Connected will take place on Wednesday 24th August 2011 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Connexions on Market Street. We intend stick to the last Wednesday of every month for all of the future Connected events so that you can put it as a permanent date in your diary.

As always we need you to sign up for the evening in advance so to do that just visit http://asconnected3.eventbrite.com/ – you can also follow all the conversation on the night (and at any other time) by following the hash tag #blackpsms on Twitter! We’ve also created two nifty twitter lists for surgeons and patients who come along, so you can find everyone with easy!

…now to the even more exciting stuff…

Testled Logo

We’ve been lucky enough to be offered some sponsorship from the lovely people at Testled. Testled are a development company with offices in Fleet, Blackpool and Sheffield who make web & mobile applications and websites.

After careful thought and consideration we’ve decided to put on a social media and technology for the voluntary sector style conference (bare with us – it’s working title!) in early November this year right here in Blackpool! We’re conscious that we don’t want to set the agenda ourselves and end up with lots of you guys turning up being talked at about things you don’t really want to know, so with this in mind we’ve created a little questionnaire which we’d be really pleased if you could complete. Ideally we need responses back by early September to give us time to find interesting speakers and get tickets out (we’re pretty sure we’ll be able to offer this to people for free by the way!) so please complete it below!

Update – to keep up with the latest developments with the So! VolTech conference click here.

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If you’ve got any questions about what we are planning before hand or want to find out more information then you can get in touch with us by tweeting @_AuntySocial_ or @TawdryMe or by emailing info@auntysocial.co.uk!

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.

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!