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.

Connected 2

Aunty Social Connected (2)

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

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]​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