Inspector Norse: Treading the boards with KWA

The all-new Swedish crime thriller Inspector Norse from the Lip Service Theatre Company is coming to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on 15th October 2012.  It promises to be a night of nerve-jangling suspense, laughter…and a partially knitted set that hopefully you can contribute to!

 

Knittaz with Attitude (of town centre yarn bombing fame) will be hosting knitting workshops where you can make all the various parts.

We’ll provide:

  • Wool and needles/hooks/french knitting bobbins to those who need them
  • Guidance for beginners learning to knitting and crochet
  • Patterns
  • Light refreshments

It all takes place in the wonderful setting of the Grand Theatre Studio on the following dates:

  • Monday 17th September.  We’re starting at 6:30pm so that we can have a little tour of the theatre before we get on to our wool-fest at 7pm.
  • Wednesday 26th September, 7pm
  • Saturday 6th October, 2pm, this will include a Scandinavian tea party, so don’t forget to wear your woolly jumper and bobble hat!

So sign up online on Facebook or email us

The project is funded by the Arts Council via Blackpool Council Arts Service

 

 

Say yeah, I predict a yarnbomb up in here. ‘Cause we throw poms on it… KWA at Sand, Sea and Spray 2012

Knittaz with Attitude was out in force this weekend at Blackpool’s own annual urban art festival Sand, Sea and Spray.  It’s organised by the lovely Robin Ross and brings lots of talented artists into Blackpool to brighten up the town and share their creations with local people.

We decided to support the festival as only we know how, with a shed-load of wool!  We decided to focus on St John’s Precinct and Cedar Square and had a stash of lovely knitting, crochet and pom-poms to display.

Yarnbombing highlights were our woolly bike, which attracted a ridiculous amount of attention and the pom-poms (pombombing!) and crocheted birds in the trees.  Passers-by gave us so many compliments and took so many photos that we feel famous!

I’ll stop waffling now and get to the good bit, the photos…

Ooh, we need to give a massive thank you to Foundry who shinned up a macca ladder to help us pombomb.  You sir, are a legend *doffscap*

Aunty, Aunty, where are you?

Here I am!  Here I am!  How do you do?

It’s been a while since the last post, but we have been ever so busy with planning activities for this month and beyond.  Over the Bank Holiday weekend, we painted a gazillion faces and helped nippers make lots of pretty bracelets and necklaces at YOMOFO ‘Alfresco’ at Stanley Park Cricket Club.  Despite the yucky weather, it was a grand day out, with plenty of activities, brill music and smiling faces.

So, this is where we will be in June:

Watch out for other crafty activities in between!

Calling artists and crafters! Can you run a workshop from Aunty HQ?

We’re looking for artists and makers to run art and craft classes from our community craft workshop…  Interested?

We have a community craft workshop in central Blackpool and plan to run a variety of sewing/craft sessions from there.  We want local artists and makers to help us make use of the workshop by facilitating a range of classes.

If this sounds like something that you would be interested in, complete the Expression of Interest form and email it to us by Friday 30th March 2012. We will contact you during the week commencing 9th April 2012.

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!