"NANM Online and social media"
Using local websites and social media to get people involved… Have you taken on responsibility for running a website or social media as part of Big Local? Want to join our new action learning group running from October to February? This autumn we will be starting a new action learning group for people in Big Local areas who have taken on responsibility for a Big Local website, or have agreed to look after social media (like Facebook or Twitter) on behalf of their Big Local area. We think this will be especially useful for people who do not see themselves as technology experts. We ran a similar programme in the spring which those who took part said was very useful and a good way to connect with other Big Local areas. We are now running it again so a new group of people can take part. The types of issues we expect to cover are: How to use websites and other online communication to get people involved in Big Local, and how areas can use online and offline methods together Using a website or social media to help get more local people online and become more confident in using the internet What other Big Local areas have done, their successes and challenges Practical issues of getting websites and social media up and running from scratch Keeping everything looking fresh when you only have a few hours a week to do it What to do if someone else (like a council, or school) owns the webpage you are looking after What will happen at each meeting? If you sign up to join the group you will be invited to attend four meetings starting in October (see full dates on next page). Each meeting will run from 11.00am until 3.00pm. Before lunch we will talk about specific examples. This could be an example of what another Big Local area has done, or we might invite an external speaker. We also hope to ask people from the previous action learning group to come back and tell us how they are doing now. After lunch we will focus on problem solving using an ‘action learning’ style of discussion. This means talking about real challenges or problems which each group member is facing and finding out possible solutions and new ideas from the other members of the group. How do I decide if I should attend? Each local area can send up to two people to join the action learning group. We are hoping in particular to attract people from Big Local areas who: will be personally involved in websites or social media relating to Big Local want to meet with people from other Big Local areas who have taken on similar responsibilities can commit to attending all four meetings between October and February are interested in sharing ideas in a small group, talking about practical problems, and discussing solutions with like-minded people If you are interested but not quite if this is for you, then get in touch with Sarah Donohoe who is one of the people who will be running the group. She is on 0778 662 7692 or firstname.lastname@example.org If this is not for you but you know someone else who might be interested then please pass these details on and suggest they get in touch with us. Where and when will the meetings take place? The action learning group is open to people from any Big Local area anywhere in England. We will try to find venues for the meetings which limit travelling times and costs for those attending. But we also hope that some of the people taking part might be able to host one of the meetings. The meetings will take place every four to six weeks from October 2012 to February 2013. They will last four hours, from 11am to 3pm. Provisional dates are: Tuesday, 23 October; Tuesday, 4 December; Tuesday, 22 January; Tuesday, 26 February. What does it cost to attend? The meetings are free to anyone who lives or works in a Big Local area. There is a small budget available to help cover travel expenses (or expenses such as childcare) if you think your own Big Local group cannot pay. Please tell us if you might need this kind of support. Interested in participating? Or want more information? These meetings are being organised for Local Trust by the National Association for Neighbourhood Management. If you are interested in attending, or want more information, please contact Sarah Donohoe on 0778 662 7692 or email@example.com