#Craftcore: A load of old baubles (Christmas decoration workshop)

20111212-191334.jpgFree craft workshop!

Make your own baubles: Create stylish and unique decorations for your Christmas tree, accompanied by mince pies and good conversation.
6pm to 8pm on Tuesday 13th December 2011 at Blackpool Central Library.

Sign up on Eventbrite.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission and British Council.

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 [email protected].

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!

Pop-up Picturehouse: Monthly film screenings

Aunty’s Pop-up Picturehouse project will be screening this Wednesday evening (6pm, 16th November) at Blackpool Central Library.

To come to the free screenings, you will need to join the email distribution list (part of the Eventbrite ticket request). Form more information, visit the Pop-up Picturehouse Facebook page or email Richie

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission and British Council.

Aunty goes to ‘that London’: European Year of Volunteering #EYV11Tour

Last week Aunty took part in the London stage of the European Year of Volunteering (EYV) tour at Coin St Neighbourhood centre in London.

The London EYV Tour events lasted a week and were designed to inspire volunteers.  The events, backed by the European Commission, offered anyone interested in helping others the chance to meet voluntary and community organisations and their volunteers.  It was also a chance for volunteers to get together, share their experiences and discuss issues that affect them.

It was great to meet other organisations and their volunteers and a special ‘shout out’ goes to the lovely Mark from Consortium and May from Greater London Volunteering Also, a big Blackpool “thank you” to the EYV Tour staff who looked after us well and gave us some very bright orange t-shirts to fashion into something tasteful *cough* and oh so *cough* stylish.

For more on EYV, visit www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/eyv11tour or take a look at the #eyv11tourUK hashtag on Twitter.

Lights, Camera, Cake… I mean action, yes ACTION…that.

This is just a reminder that it’s our first meeting tonight at Blackpool Central Library from 6pm.

It’s a chance for film buffs, cinema goers, film-makers and movie fans to get together and decide what you want to see in Blackpool and when.  We’ll be taking a look at some videos of Secret Cinema for inspiration and thinking about how we can offer something similar here.

So do pop along for tea, biscuits and all things film.  If you would like to come along, do add your name to our Facebook event page.

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.

Pop-up Picturehouse: Vote for our Community Cinema!

Please visit http://communityforce.natwest.com/project/704 and vote for our Pop-up Picturehouse project.

We’re a group of volunteers who want to take big-screen film out into communities, encouraging people to come and experience different types of films while making new friends and taking part in stimulating discussions.

We plan to cover venues across the whole Fylde coast, and offer free screenings so that nobody is left out because they can’t afford it.

We’ll also have access to a wide range of films from world cinema to film noir, sci-fi to Bollywood, classics and real-life stories.  Audiences will decide what they want to watch and discuss.

The competition is tough, but we really want to make this happen. So do vote for us, it’ll only take a couple of minutes, but it’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

Thanks

Aunty

http://communityforce.natwest.com/project/704

Hey Ho, let’s So!VolTech

We’re very pleased and excited to announce that the FREE tickets for So!VolTech – Social Media & Technology conference for the Voluntary Sector – are now available.

Testled LogoThe conference will take place on Saturday 19th November 2011 at Blackpool Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX.  We’re also rather chuffed to tell you that this event will be absolutely free for you to attend, thanks to our lovely sponsors at Testled.

Social media can offer your not-for-profit organisation lots of opportunities to reach and engage with wider audiences, whether that’s awareness-raising, problem-solving, recruiting volunteers or getting people involved in discussions on issues that affect them.   We have a variety of fascinating speakers lined up including the creator of Riot Clean Up Manchester (and JCI contribution to the community award winner) Jez Myers, who helped to mobilise hundreds of volunteers literally overnight to clean up their
community, using the power of social media.

Full details of the speakers can be found at http://sovoltech.co.uk along with a link to the registration page and a full agenda.

We have two types of ticket available:

  • Voluntary Sector Ticket: For representatives of not-for-profit Voluntary and Community sector organisations.
  • Social Innovator Ticket: For social media/web/technology developers and practitioners

We’re really keen to make sure that lots of organisations from the North West get the
opportunity to be there on the day so book your ticket today to make sure you don’t miss out. It’d be really great if you could share this email with your networks as well to ensure that as many organisations can take advantage of this opportunity.

You can of course join the conversation before the day on Twitter using #sovoltech11 and you can follow us on twitter @SoVolTech. We’ll also be blogging every week in the run up to the event giving a taste of what is in store on the day at http://blog.sovoltech.co.uk!

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!

Pop goes the Workshop: Part 2

FREE Beadcraft workshop.
Make bracelets, earrings, phone charms and keyrings.
2:30pm to 4pm at the Grundy Art Gallery, Queen Street, Blackpool.
Suitable for all ages.

Drop in at any time between 2:30pm and 4pm
Facebook Event Page

Here’s the event poster and photos from last week’s session…