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!

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…

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!

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!

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:

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

 

 

 

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!