About 750,000 people in the UK have dementia – and this number is expected to double in the next thirty years.
It is a major issue many of us are having to cope with and improving the care and experiences of people with dementia is a key commitment for the Department of Health.
Alongside the medical help and interventions, there are events for people with dementia and their carers going on around the country, helping to bring people together and keep those all important social connections alive.
As part of the Dementia Local initiative, a map created by local groups and individuals has been launched to show where those activities are taking place.
It allows anyone to post details of an event aimed at people with dementia or their carers to share it more widely. As well as appearing on the NHS Choices website, the n0tice technology means that it is also easily found via major search engines and can be easily shared.
Introducing the service, the website says:
“There are excellent information resources all around the country on dementia……
“People with dementia are best served if we all work to create dementia-friendly communities. That needs to start locally.”
Visit the map and help us spread word in your local area
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- NHS Choices support pages.
- Alzheimer’s Society.
- Talking Point – Alzheimer’s Society’s online forum.
- Dementia Friends – launched by Prime Minister David Cameron to create a network of a million Dementia Friends across England by 2015.
- Carers Direct helpline free on 0808 802 0202
* If you’ve a group or organisation which needs a similar map for users, there’s more information available at n0tice.org or drop me an email at sarahATn0tice.com.
Speaking at a recent Out of Hours Hyperlocal event hosted on Google +, the site’s publisher explained how the plug-in works with the contributions from the public, open space of the noticeboard at http://tongwynlais.n0tice.com.
The resulting selection of events shows at the site’s events section in this impressive calendar format which can also be filtered by categories and tags.
Learn more about how that was created with the video below which was archived from the event – the relevant section starts at 50 minutes.
There’s more about using n0tice for an events calendar here at the n0tice.org toolbox site which includes other ‘howto’ articles and ideas for publishers.
If you’re into cycling, check out the dedicated section that our colleagues at Guardian Travel recently launched – ‘Britain’s best bike rides‘.
Here at n0tice.com, we teamed up with them to help produce this interactive map which means that, as well as being able to access the 40 routes produced in conjunction with experts Sustrans, you can also share any cycling events happening near you.
Click here to see the map – the official routes are marked in blue and the events in red.
To share your own cycling event, log into n0tice.com and visit he noticeboard at http://guardiancycling.n0tice.com and click ‘add a new event’.
The Guardian’s Northerner blog is now sporting a new interactive events maps powered by n0tice.com. The blog, which I contribute to along with John Baron, Helen Carter, Northern editor Martin Wainwright and others, features news and information from across the north of England and the new map means that readers can easily share their events there too.
A noticeboard set up by the team and personalised in the style of the blog can be seen at northerner.n0tice.com. Any entries made there are then fed automatically into the map.
Martin said: “We’re supposed to talk to strangers in the north and smile at other passengers on buses and trains. Our Northerner n0ticeboard is an excellent extension of that. It’s easy to use to flag up events and has all those canny computer tricks of telling you about other things happening nearby, when you click on a particular entry. Please use it both ways: to tell the rest of the north what you’re doing, or interested in; and to find out what everyone else is up to.”
If you’re out and about over the Easter Weekend, one of the newest noticeboards at n0tice.com is there to provide some inspiration to help you find out what’s happening near you – www.easterweekend.n0tice.com.
It uses the n0tice.com events functionality and has been personalised using the official Guardian logo, branding and background.
The Travel website this morning offers it readers the chance to share tips and also picks out some of the trips and events already featured on the www.easterweekend.n0tice.com board.
The resulting tips are automatically fed back into the page on the Travel website which has been re-styled into the usual Guardian page style as you can see in the image on the left.
Whatever you do this weekend, we wish all our n0tice-ers a Happy Easter!
I started by asking him to tell us about himself…….
My name is Stephen Banks and I’m a 22-year-old Liverpool-born Graphic Design graduate who moved to Bridport a year ago last week.
I work for a local PR agency, Watershed PR, where I handle work spanning social networking, web and graphic design, photography and video. We have a number of local clients, so we are very plugged-in to what’s going on around here.
I love covering local news events (especially if they’re visually interesting) and I always have a project on the go. At the moment, I am working on a series of time lapse starscape videos in and around Bridport, featuring landmarks such as the cliffs by the sea, a local café, the brewery and so on. Here is just a snippet of what I spend my evenings doing:Timelapse
Why did you set it up and who is involved?
The Bridport noticeboard was initially set up as a testbed for local news. There are several of us at Watershed who were and still are journalists: we have worked for the likes of The Sunday Times, BBC, The Observer, The Scotsman, Dorset Echo, Portsmouth News, Bridport News, and the sadly now defunct Paisley, Renfrewshire and Gryffe Weekly News. A number of us at Watershed would contribute and it would create a simple source of local information. Towns across the South West have really picked up and ran with social networking, and the online noticeboard concept is one that I can really see working well within Bridport.
We have also set up a number of offshoot noticeboards, such as bridportarts and bridportmusic to serve the lively cultural scene here. I tend to do a lot of the updating myself simply because I live right in the middle of the town – if something is happening, I know about it!
Tell us what the three best things about your location
The noticeboard mainly covers the town of Bridport, a mile inland from the World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast, in Dorset. This extends out to nearby villages such as West Bay, Symondsbury, Powerstock, Walditch, Shipton Gorge and so forth, with occasional dashes further afield to cover stories across West Dorset.
The three best things about the location are:
- the surprising range of art, music, theatre, literary and film events in the town (for example, comedian Jack Dee confirmed to appear at the Bridport Arts Centre). There are three theatres (The Electric Palace, The Bridport Arts Centre and The Lyric Theature), dozens of artists’ studios and live music venues, two literary festivals, a food and beer festival and even a hat festival.
- the location, being a stones throw from the spectacular Jurassic Coast. The standard of living around here is excellent and there is a real community feel to everything that goes on
- It’s a lot warmer down here than it is in Liverpool.
What do you hope to achieve with the noticeboard?
In time, I want this noticeboard to become a hub for local events and news. The coverage from the majority of local websites is sporadic at best. Many of these websites are difficult to update and maintain, whereas the n0tice system is pretty simple and intuitive.
In time, it would be good to bring in a few more people to cover the local stories. I’m only 22 myself and, having only lived in Bridport for a year, there would be a large amount of specific, historical or cultural information I would miss out on. A Bridport erudite, one who knows everything there is to be known about Bridport.
* Visit the Bridport noticeboard at http://bridort.n0tice.com.
This morning seems like a good time to share a new feature which helps n0tice-ers personalise their own noticeboards has now been released. This will help noticeboard owners who have lots of events or offers to share to prioritise those over news reports.
To access this tool, in the noticeboard settings there’s a new link called ‘layout’. In there is a drop-down
which means users can order the noticeboard however they choose.
The category selected as the main one will then occupy the more prominent central column.
Here’s one a n0tice-er made earlier: http://bigenergyweek.n0tice.com.
From pantos to New Years Eve revelry, the start of December marks the beginning of one of the busiest times of year for venues and promoters – and n0tice.com can help.
If you’re looking to spread the word about an event this winter here’s our guide to getting it seen.
One-off or regular?
n0tice.com provides three opportunities – users can create their own noticeboard (if you’ve a lot of events to promote this is probably the best option), add an event to someone else’s noticeboard (great for ensuring exposure to an existing group) or simply add an event outside of the noticeboard structure as an individual. Whichever you choose, posting the event in n0tice.com will be seen by all users in your locality.
Creating a noticeboard
Having your own noticeboard gives you the advantage of being in control of the look and feel of your presence on n0tice.com, with a bespoke URL that you can cross-promote online, on flyers and in your social space. Perfect for venues with a diary of events plus the hard-pressed comms team/person will love the fact they can publish their press releases, photo calls and ticket offers on the noticeboard as well.
Take a look at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon http://wyverntheatre.n0tice.com to see how they’ve just got started and have used the space to post a promotion.
(Cinderella, with Keith Chegwin. Now you know Christmas is coming!) plus the noticeboard shows the twitterstream for the venue @wyverntheatre.
To create your own noticeboard – click on the ‘noticeboards’ button at the top of the site and follow the instructions to create and personalise your space.
Adding to an existing noticeboard
Maybe there’s a noticeboard in your locality which is attracting attention and you’d like your event to be featured there.
That’s simple – take a look at the right-hand side of the page you’d like to add to and you’ll see a button to ‘post new event’. This will open into a very simple form to complete.
You can find the noticeboards in your area by simply doing a location search – noticeboards are identified in the list of postings with a blue square over the name of the board in the line which starts ‘posted by’. If you’d like to contact the noticeboard owner to discuss what you want to do, or just say hi, click on their name and click the ‘send a message’ button.
Additionally if you’re promoting a music event, how about getting in front of the army of readers and reviewers which is Guardian Music by dropping the details to their new noticeboard. Take a look here http://guardianmusic.n0tice.com and read more about their plans for this noticeboard here.
Posting as an individual
When you land on the homepage after you’ve logged in you’ll see some offers and thene events on the right hand side. Simply click the ‘post new event’ button and drop your information there.
However you do it, here’s five tips to get your content noticed:
1. Treat the event name like a headline – keep it simple. This might be the only piece of information the user reads so you want to make sure the nature of the event is clear and appealing.
2. Link straight to the booking facility where possible – take people straight to your box office, eventbrite or lanyard entry so they cam complete the transaction in one visit.
3. Make the tags interesting and useful so that people could discover your content by searching via tags.
4. Use the description box to include any useful venue information such as parking or disability access – saves the user have to carry out additional searches to find out whether they want to go along.
5. Tell everyone! There’s buttons on n0tice.com to tweet, add to google+ and like on Facebook. There’s even a QR code generated if you want to get whizzy with your sticker or poster campaign.