Working with communities: assessing the community projects

Each MA students in Social Media needs to work on a community project. I have been supervising the work with St. Ann’s Hospice.

The Hospice has started experimenting Web 2.0 tools such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to engage with wider society and more importantly with potential donors. After a couple of meetings, the students have come up with a work plan. They will be involved in producing a toolkit (documentation and videos) for St. Ann’s fundraisers about how to adopt a variety of Web 2.0 tools. Also, they will be using a range of Web 2.0 tools to promote this year’s Manchester Midnight Walk event.

B and Flower have done a great job of presenting the work-in-progress on 15 January (the assessment day). Not only the objectives and work plan have been clearly set out, they have also done substantial research about the Hospice itself and their current adoption of ICT and Web 2.0 tools. Hope they’ll get sufficient data for measuring the impacts of Web 2.0 on fundraising and other service provision.

Kate and Stewart are working with Brook, making videos apparently. Again, very good presentation from them. Making videos is probably easier than making the videos that people want to watch and (re)distribute. Good luck with that.

Whilst students are doing a fantastic job, there seems to be something missing. Perhaps it’s the contextualisation that we’re missing. Where is our work being positioned in the bigger picture of social work and health service these communities are providing? I was hoping to get more feelings / ideas when we did the site visit to the St Ann’s on 8 January, but failed. Hopefully time will tell.

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