For an individual or group who have embraced digital platforms as way to promote their local group or community. This can include but is not restricted to developing a website, using social media or creating a video. This could also include supporting others to get online safely.
The Community Choir Wakefield, is an inclusive, non-auditioned community choir for the district who have adopted digital technology such as Skype and Zoom to rehearse and perform online during the pandemic. The choir has been a great way for people to get together and perform but it also brings pleasure to the people that watch the performances. They launched their new song "The Road to Normal" on a large, digital screen in the Ridings Shopping Centre and received funding to create a music video for the song, something they have never done before. The group is currently working on their autumn / winter programme and have a system to stream all performances to anyone who wants to watch. This includes residents at WDH’s Independent Living Schemes who have missed seeing the group perform in person over the last year.
The Pontefract Civic Society plays an integral part of the Pontefract community and holds a wealth of activities and events for all. They have been increasing the digital promotion of their activities over the last few years but have found that as a result of cancelling physical events due to the pandemic, has given them a platform to develop the virtual event, which was an amazing success. The Pontefract Civic Society has held a virtual VE Day event, Pontefract liquorice event and a Yorkshire Day event, with more events in the pipeline. These digital events have been used to engage a massive audience and foster community spirit. The events were well organised and included hourly sessions and live feeds throughout the day, allowing volunteers to learn new skills like video editing and presenting to help make them a success. They were positively received which was reflected in the feedback and number of shares and likes the events received on social media. The group want to look to work with young people to continue to raise awareness about the work they do and engage with a younger audience using their digital platforms in the future.
Havercroft Parents Forum demonstrates outstanding commitment to providing activities and support within the local community for children and their families.They collect donations of clothing and food and provide these for people in need every week. They have kept this service running during lockdowns, when people needed it the most, using their Facebook page and Messenger to work with those in need and to request donations. This year, they diversified to deliver their Easter event digitally, so that local families could still get involved with the Facebook group. The group provided activity packs for children and families who could uploaded their Easter artwork to the Facebook page which was judged by the group. All the children who entered received a prize, with winners were given an extra special something too. They received wonderful feedback for their Easter event, receiving several compliments from the community about the work that they had put into staying in touch and supporting community members in difficult times during the last 18 months.
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