There is no escaping we live in a social media world! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, live video streaming as well as the old fashioned website are all amazing tools to connect with people. CNI Network is a fan of social media and see it as an essential tool to let people know what you are up to, to gather support and prayer and to even recruit potential new volunteers.
A Facebook post by Boro Angels (see below) has had 4 enquiries from people wanting to volunteer. The post has had 91 likes and 29 shares (share this post as it was a powerful story that shows why we do what we do!)
A video posted by BBC Yorkshire of Leeds Festival Angels has had 183,386 views in less than a month - we have received numerous comments, people liking the Facebook page and some wanting to sign up to volunteer next year (why not re-post the social media or TV clip saying 'not only are we at Leeds Festival we are also on the streets of ... this weekend!)
If, as a local project, you are wanting to engage with those you help and potential new volunteers can we encourage you as you patrol this weekend to post some pictures of the team (though not of people whilst helping them) or maybe a Facebook Live (you only need a smartphone and the Pages Manager app) to showcase the amazing work you do. Tell a story of someone you helped (avoid names and detail). Post the safenightout.party info as well to engage with those going on a night out. If you tag CNI Network in your post we will share as well.
Social media is free and the potential is vast - use it to your advantage!