4 Top Twitter Takeaways from Get Social Kent

There were many great hints and tips shared at the recent Get Social Kent, with Zoe Cairns  ensuring everyone scrabbled for pens and paper when she recommended these terrific little Twitter tools:

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Followerwonk: Twitter analytics with bells on. Compare your influence with competitors or search for like minded people and influencers to connect with. Paid upgrade available.

Tweetreach: Check out which tweets are likely to travel further. I was surprised to see #silentsunday and #wordlesswednesday performing better than #peoplesstrictly – but unsurprisingly, #socialmedia totally outstripped them, reaching as many people and gaining more impressions than those three added together. Paid upgrade available.

Tweetwall: Display your event hasthag and get your audience involved from the start – they’ll all be vying to be top of the leaderboard. At only $29 for a day’s use, it beats the soul destroying begging for feedback forms to be completed.

Tweriod: Tweet when more of your followers will see it. Although only the latest 1000 followers are used on the free platform, it did confirm to me that the vast majority of my followers are in the European timezone. Nice to know I don’t need to stay up all night to engage them in real time!

I’ve had a little play but am yet to check them out fully – let me know how you get on.

Programme Manager at Future Creative required

Are you an excellent manager of projects and people?  Do you thrive in a target driven environment?  Are you able to grow and adapt to meet challenges?  Are you inspired by creating programmes that develop communities and support young people to reach their full potential?  Then this job could be for you…

Future Creative is recruiting a Programme Manager to lead their key youth development programme.  You will be responsible for achieving targets set by the national programme in their area, and developing and monitoring delivery of the programme to ensure goals are met.  You’ll lead a team of staff and freelancers across the region, identifying opportunities for maximising potential to achieve the highest quality of programme delivery.

The post holder will need to be a strategic leader with energy and enthusiasm to meet demanding targets as well as being flexible and adaptable to change.  You will work across the education, community, voluntary and business sector to widen the reach and impact of their programmes.

Full time – Monday to Friday (with some evenings and weekends) based in Deal, Kent (with travel in the SE and East regions)

£22 – £24,000 dependant on experience

6 month probation period

Application deadline: 5pm Friday 25th April 2014

Please email wendy@future-creative.org to request an application pack.


Oakley Orange Appeal

Guest blog by Stephen Jenner

A huge fund raising event for 7 year old Oakley Orange has been announced at Headcorn Airport on the 10th April.

Oakley is the little boy fighting for his life after an allergic reaction to medication. Rushed to hospital after a rash appeared on his chest, his parents Steven and Lorraine watched in horror as their son became unrecognisable over the next 24 hours.

He was diagnosed with the rare life-threatening skin condition called Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), where the top layer of skin becomes detached from the lower layers.

Oakley’s condition rapidly deteriorated to the worst form of the condition, known as Tens, and he had to be transferred to a specialist burns hospital. SJS develops into Tens when more than 30% of skin is lost; Oakley has lost 100% of his skin, as well as his fingernails, toenails and hair.

Funds are being raised to send Oakley Orange and his family to Florida, with SkyHigh Radio taking up the lead in helping raise this money. The event at Headcorn is a tandem parachute jump and if you’d like to be involved, or just lend your moral and financial support, please get in touch via the Facebook page or donate here.

The Rats Bay Shindig – a weekend of arts, culture and river trips. Plus, good news from the Coastal Communities Fund.

A new family friendly extravaganza of festivities is taking place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th April, when the area surrounding Sun Pier in Chatham will come alive with arts and culture between 11am and 5pm each day.

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Overlooking the pier, Sun Pier House is opening the doors to the new Sun Pier Gallery and Tearoom for the first time. With panoramic river views, it’s set to become a scenic retreat in the busy town centre and will launch with a large exhibition of work by the 15 resident artists:  ‘Presenting, Sun Pier House’ will incorporate a variety of art, craft and fashion.

The weekend also witnesses the launch of the first charter boat trips in a generation from the newly refurbished Sun Pier, with the Sailing Barge Edith May and Jetstream Tours providing unique river experiences for all ages. On dry land you’ll find the inaugural Sun Pier Arts Market, a new outdoor market set to take place regularly throughout the year. Stallholders will be offering a variety of work to buy, food to sample, activities to try and classic carnival games for all the family.

The Rats Bay Shindig has been instigated by the managers of new creative venue Sun Pier House, with the intention to bring some much needed life back to the west end of Chatham High Street. Over the course of the two days there is a full spectrum of entertainment on offer, including art workshops, live music performances, river trips, dance classes, exhibitions, history tours, evening functions and a Sunday night cult film screening. It’s a weekend not to be missed!

For enquiries please contact Heather Burgess on 01634 812 805 or heather@sunpierhouse.co.uk

In the past two years, the Medway art scene has seen a massive boom of activity in the west end of Chatham, with Sun Pier House, Printed Wonders, Coalshed Press and the Nucleus Hub all based there. This is set to expand further, with news that Medway Council was successful in its bid for funding from the Coastal Communities Fund. Granted £598,525, the council bid states:

“This project aims to drive the regeneration of Rochester and Chatham High Street by developing business units within existing but currently redundant space around Sun Pier House and The Arches. The area will be provided with incubation space and social enterprise support provision for cultural/creative industries. The project aims to stimulate activity in the creative arts and provide specialist training for the unemployed through an innovative “Art for Work” programme, providing access to employment in this growing business sector.”

For join in a conversation about the fund, search #coastalcommunitiesfund on Twitter.

Day of Dance

Whitstable based fundraising organisation, Trust Sulha, are holding a Day of Dance on Sunday, November 24th at the Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre.


For the paltry amount of just £10, you’ll be able to spend the whole day learning four different dance styles: Ballet, contemporary, street and Spanish, under the expert tutelage of Hasland Dance Studios, the Page Mason School of Dance and Drama and Phoenix Performing Arts.

You must be at least 16 years old and no dance experience is necessary although comfortable shoes and clothes are a must. Bring along a plate of vegetarian food too, for a shared lunch. The day will run form 10am – 5pm.

Trust Sulha helps to educate young Afghan refugees and aims to bring peace through education. To book your ticket, visit the We Got Tickets page here.