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.
The Bag Fairies have mastered using Facebook to help them reach a wider audience in order to get more donations and help more families and people in need. Their Facebook page now has over 3,000 likes and followers and they are very active on social media, using the page to request items they are in need of and to promote the work they do on a regular basis. The group has helped thousands of people in the Wakefield district. They provide 'bags of help' for anyone in need. This could be families, people fleeing domestic violence, young people starting out on their own, older people in hospital or care homes and homeless people. They provide them with anything they need from clothing, toiletries, homeware and pushchairs. They have created their own support network online with regular volunteers and supporters. The page ensures that they are easily contactable and that the information about their service and how you can help are readily available for anyone who needs it.
This group is a well-established community group and in the last 12 months members have made a real effort to promote the work that they are doing on social media. Colin has been instrumental in running the Facebook page for the Barracks Community Association. This page allows the group to share all the great work that they do and promotes upcoming activities and events to its members and people in Pontefract. Colin has also created a quarterly newsletter to help share the work they do. Colin volunteers his time to manage the Facebook page on a daily basis and also contributes frequently to the WDH Pontefract and Knottingley page. He has also got involved in promoting other local events through the Barracks page such as the Tour de Yorkshire and Liquorice Festival.
Incredible Edible has recently opened a roof top garden at the Ridings Shopping Centre which allows people to have a space to garden and enjoy the outdoors in the city centre. Volunteers meet to garden and improve the environment around the Wakefield District. They regularly post about their activities on their Facebook page and the WDH Wakefield City page and use social media to promote their group to a wider audience, who may have an interest in gardening. They use their social media to promote health and wellbeing activities and help to reduce social isolation by encouraging people to come and get involved.
The deadline to vote is Friday 27 September
The final will take place at Cedar Court (Wakefield) on Thursday 24 October 2019