Digital in the Community - group award
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.
Tiny Hands Baby Bank has 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 8,000 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. They provide help for families in need as well as women with children who are fleeing domestic violence. They provide them with anything they need including clothing, toiletries 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 is readily available for anyone who needs it. At Christmas, they successfully used their page to get over 100 gifts donated for families with children who wouldn’t have got a gift.
The Pontefract Civic Society plays an integral part of the Pontefract Community and holds a wealth of activities and events for all members of the Pontefract Community. They have been increasing the digital promotion of their activities over the last couple of years, but have found, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic cancelling this year’s physical events, a platform to develop the virtual event and they did this with amazing success. So far this year 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 for the rest of 2020. These digital events have been used to engage a massive audience and foster the community spirit. The events were well planned and included hourly sessions and feeds throughout the day. They were positively received which was reflected in the feedback and number of shares and likes the events received on social media.
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 group 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. During the pandemic they gave away over 2,500 small packets of seeds to promote their ‘stay home and grow your own’ initiative and showed a number of stay at home and grow your own tutorials on Facebook to help people who wanted to try growing their own fruit and veg.
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