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

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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

 

 

 

Knittaz With Attitude

Calling all knit-wits! 

Aunty fancies a bit of yarnbombing (a type of street art that uses knitted fabrics instead of paint.  There will be a ‘knitting 101’ session for beginners to get you started.  This is your mission…if you’d like to get involved, drop us an email on [email protected] for info on our next sesh.

A right royal stitch-up, 2pm, Friday 29th April 2011

Celebrate the Royal Wedding (or not) with a craft workshop courtesy of Aunty.
Cake, tea, beadcraft, feltwork, bunting, records, chat, biscuits…done.

2pm to 5pm on Friday 29th April 2011 at Barista, 24 Birley Street, Blackpool, FY1 1DU

Cost: Only a measly £1.50 to help us pay for materials x
          Keep everything you make

If you’d like to come along, please let us know in advance (so there’s enough materials and cake), by email [email protected] or on our Facebook Event Page

Yomofo ‘AL FRESCO’ 11th June 2011

Good golly, Miss Molly, word doesn’t half get around quickly!  Aunty Social has had a great response, thank you, thanl you, thank you!  It’s lovely to know that people are interested and want to get involved. 

We will hosting own very own arts and crafts marquee at Yomofo ALFRESCO on Saturday 11th June 2011 !  Laid back beats and safe fun-packed day for all the family.  Including craft and fun for the kids, laser tag, local artists showing what they do, entertainers, live graffiti art, puppets, football coaching, bboy and street dancing lessons! Lots more to be confirmed.

Find out more at www.yomofo-alfresco.co.uk

We’ve decided to offer beadcraft and kite-making, its all included in the general entry price and whatever you make you can take home… WIN!

Let’s play!

All you need for beadcraft

 

Just had a fab evening trying out some craft activities for future workshops. We’ve been making bracelets and earrings out of lovely beads, definitely a winner.

We <3 bracelets!
 
It’s easy to set up and with a little imagination, anyone can make something lovely. I must warn you, it’s quite addictive!

Pop goes the workshop!

We’re looking for venues in the Blackpool & Fylde area to host some ‘pop-up’ craft workshops.  These venues could be cafes, libraries, empty shops.  If you know of anywhere, do leave a comment or join the discussion at www.facebook.com/loveauntysocial You can always tweet us @_AuntySocial_ too.

Homemade bunting? Yes please!

We’re looking to put the first workshop on in April and keep it simple with homemade bunting.   We’re then looking at screen printing t-shirts, badgemaking and cuddly monster-making.  There will be plenty of tea and cake, (naturally!) and hopefully some DJ sets or live acoustic music.

ttfn! x