Pop goes the Workshop!

FREE Seaside Photo collage workshop.
2:30pm to 4pm, Saturday 20th August,  at the Grundy Art Gallery, Queen Street, Blackpool.
Suitable for all ages.
See you there!

Aunty’s Tea Party – Project update

Hello Everyone!

We’re having a little get together just to update everyone on what’s going on at Aunty Towers.

We’re meeting at Claremont Park Community Centre, Claremont Road, Blackpool, at 6:30pm on Monday 15th August.

Do come along and find out what’s happening or to volunteer /take part in:

-Connected (social media surgeries for the voluntary and communty sector)
– Knittaz with Attitude
– Pop-up Picturehouse (film club)
– Crafternoons (at the Grundy Art Gallery)
– The new Aunty HQ at The Old Rock Factory (we need some volunteers to help decorate)
– Bike Polo
– Geek crafts (craft activities with a sci-fi/comic/video game slant)
We’ll provide the tea/soft drinks and some cake, but if you can, please bring something yummy along, Jacob’s Join stylee!

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 [email protected]!

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.

Thanks to everyone who came to the ‘Knit-in’!

More photos coming soon!

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Aunty HQ: Cocked, locked and ready to rock!

On Friday evening Aunty Social opened the new HQ at 25 Deansgate, Blackpool, FY1 3AU.

We managed to secure an empty shop (due to be demolished for the Talbot Gateway project in November) through the Blackpool Culture Shops Programme run by Blackpool Council Arts Service.  The agreement allows us to display in the windows and provides us  with a temporary central base for of Arts/crafts workshops.

Over 20 volunteers donated their time, skills, decorating and cleaning materials and we were able to make this transformation in only 5 days.  We have had extensive positive feedback not only from members, but also from local residents and members of the public.  Neighbouring business owners have also commented positively on the improvement we’ve made to what was a grotty, disused space.

The project has really brought people together, doing something positive for the Blackpool arts scene and for the community as a whole.

It’s a tremendous achievement, so thanks to all the volunteers, you are ace of base!

Knittaz with Attitude: Keep Blackpool toasty!

Sorry for the delay in posting, but we’ve had a busy, busy week at Aunty Towers!

The second KWA stitch-up took place last Monday at Claremont Park Community Centre, Claremont Rd, Blackpool.  Following the success of last month’s session, we were delighted to meet some more new faces to ‘chat knit’ to.

A few special mentions go out to:

  • Caz AKA ‘Buffet the banquet slayer’ who excelled herself by putting on another tasty spread.
  • Pat (now know as Crochet-Grandmaster Pat): for sharing her amazing crochet skills.
  • Katya: for showing everyone how quickly you can learn a new skill and be damn good at it.
  • Mel for general running around like an idiot-hole, making sure everything is running smoothly.
  • Gwynneth: tea-lady extroadinaire.

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

Announcing Aunty Social Connected Part 2

We’re pleased to be able to announce (after a little delay) the second evening of social media for the third sector by Aunty Social. After the success of the first Aunty Social Connected event which we ran back in June we’ve listed to your feedback and set a date for our second event.

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Connected Part 2 will be taking place on Wednesday 27th July 2011 from 6pm to 8pm.

This time round we are going to be spending two hours solely on “social media surgery” time. For those of you who weren’t there last month, a social media surgery is when you get the opportunity to sit down in a small group with a social media surgeon and actually do things, whether it is setting up a twitter account or trying to work out how best to promote your organisation on Facebook. We’ve also changed the venue and will be using the Connexions Centre on Market Street, unfortunately as a result of this we have slightly less space so we’ve had to limit places to 20. We are on the look out for a more permenant home for future events so if you do know of anywhere please let us know, the requirements are that it needs to have disabled access, wifi and brew facilities – and we’d like to keep it in the town centre too.

There is also another thing we need – Social media surgeons! Last time round we had lots of help from people from out of town so this time we really need to find some people to help out on the night and sit down with organisations to give advice and information. If you’d like to get involved with that side of thing we’d love to hear from you so contact either @_AuntySocial_ or @TawdryMe on twitter or email [email protected]!

To book tickets visit http://asconnected.eventbrite.com so get yours booked today and don’t miss out and as always follow the hash tag #blackpsms on twitter!

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 [email protected]
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