Charlotte Hayes is the project co-ordinator for my work projects. Yesterday we had a fantastic event London LocalGovCamp (link to my work blog) – the premiere event for those in local government using social media to engage with citizens, communicate messages and help local people do things for themselves. Many people were involved in getting it organised, getting it sponsored, getting it going – but Charlotte played a largely unsung role in the background. On the day, she played an essential part in making sure that everything ran smoothly – which it did. First to arrive, last to leave.
It just so happens that Charlotte is running in the Brighton Marathon in aid of YouthNet – truly a social media charity. YouthNet is the UK’s first exclusively online charity. We guide and support young people, enabling them to make educated life choices, participate in society and achieve their ambitions. Charlotte is already a mentor to young people through the charity, but now she’s raising money, too (as well as probably wearing out a pair or two of trainers).
Charlotte’s JustGiving page is here. It would be great if we could help her in reach her fundraising goal for a great cause that not only helps the kids, but also demonstrates how social media can be used as a tool to support some of our local public service aims. And using models we’ll all have to embrace more – individuals, communities and networks helping each other.