Lorna Wills – How attending Social Media Surgeries helped me find my place in my community

Posted on 20th March 2013 by

I first met Lorna Wills at the Low Hill Social Media Surgery in January. Recently I caught up with her again to see what had prompted her to come to a surgery in the first place and what she’s done with her new skills since then.

Lorna Willis

Lorna moved into the area 2 years ago and didn’t know that many people near where she lived, so she came along to the surgery wanting to learn how to use the internet to find out what things were going in her area. Things  that she could get involved with.  She had been attending her local neighbourhood watch meetings, but when the group tailed off she realised she wasn’t sure what she could get involved with next.

” I first found out about the surgeries only just in time to attend the last session in Low Hill but the people there were lovely and welcoming. I sat with someone and they showed me how to use twitter. They knew there were lots of people and groups using it locally and that I could use it to find out what was on going on in my area ….

…I’ve since joined the local Crimestoppers group as a voluntary member. I talked to Mac the organiser on twitter and went along to a meeting to find out more.

I’ve since traveled to Rugby for my induction and to the Crimestoppers conference in Warwickshire, which is where I met Chief Constable Andy Parker. Talking to Andy we discovered we had a mutual acquaintance, we got back in touch I’m now arranging to meet him too!

Those conversations on twitter have been a catalyst for all this. I have met some lovely people and improved my social life. 

I was feeling dissatisfied in the area, it didn’t seem that friendly, I found it was hard to make new friends in a new place. I think I’d come to realise you have to stay somewhere  couple of years to find your community but I just couldn’t meet people I could relate to before but now I have both at the surgery and people I’ve met by going online.

I used Twitter to find out about events locally, which I’ve attended and now I’m even helping to arrange our own event on Low Hill for local groups to a showcase their organisations. The surgeries played a big part in my taking part in all this, it has boasted my confidence, I’ve always been active but in my own and now I’ve met some lovely people to be active with.”

 

4 Responses to Lorna Wills – How attending Social Media Surgeries helped me find my place in my community

  1. I really enjoyed this post and definitely could relate to Lorna’s experience. Since moving from London to Birmingham last summer I have found Twitter has helped me to connect with issues I care about and get to know new people. Social media has helped me meet people in real life and feel more settled in my adopted city.

  2. Lorna Prescott says:

    I love this post, thanks Steph. And it really goes to show that being connected online helps to develop offline connections related to place, as well as interest. This has warmed my heart :)

    • Steph Jennings says:

      It’s lovely isn’t it – I really loved talking to Lorna as it really came across what a difference being connected had made for her. Feeling part of something online can really help improve your “real world” and I can’t think of a better way of demonstrating it.

  3. Mac Jarvis says:

    Lovely to see how the networks within Wolverhampton, social media and Crimestoppers have worked together to allow Lorna to become involved with new friends. Oh and by the way volunteering with Crimestoppers is a great way to become involved. lol

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