Digital in the Community - group award
The award is for a group or individual who have embraced the digital platform as a way to promote their local community group. This can include but is not restricted to developing a website, using social media or creating a video.
Kirkthorpe Community Group is WDH’s first ever digital community group. The residents of Kirkthorpe in
Wakefield wanted to form a community group but due to families working different shifts, other
commitments and language barriers it seemed almost impossible to arrange a regular meeting. So the
group set up a Facebook page for members where everyone, even, non-English speaking residents,
could get involved. Between 10 and 20 people now physically meet on a monthly basis with over 88
residents having joined the Facebook group to voice their opinion online. The group also allows
them to promote events within their community and they have planned their first family fun day
The Helping Hands event that was held at St George’s Community Centre in Wakefield is a great example
of how an event can use digital promotion. The event was held for older people to showcase an Age UK
film, promoting ways people can get more involved and reduce social isolation. The event was ticket
only with tickets available online through Eventbrite, an online tool that provides e-tickets for
events. It was also promoted on the Community Centre’s Facebook to spread the word. It is a great
example of how digital tools can support events in the local area.
The Community Garden in Eastmoor, Wakefield is run by a group of volunteers who plan and provide activities for people of all ages including barbeques, arts and crafts and gardening courses. They actively promote all their upcoming events on their Facebook page and website to keep the local community informed about what they have going on.
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