Kids First Trust talking Twitter
What is your charity’s name and mission?
Kids First Trust. We aim to impact children and young people’s lives positively. We do this through programmes that empower young people to make decisions about resources, materials and direction of their projects.
What is your name?
How long have you been using Twitter and whose idea was it?
I’ve been using it for a few months and it was initially my sister’s idea (she told me not to follow her) then we had a Twitter seminar at The Hub where Kids First are based and that convinced me!
What have you enjoyed so far while using Twitter?
The support for our charity has been tremendous, whether its RTing our shout outs for help or simply encouraging us to continue. It keeps us positive and focussed when times are tough!
Have there been any instances of followers doing something wonderful for you?
Yes, followers have been instrumental in helping us get enough audience members for our Gigs First event in May and also putting me in touch with relevant organisations that could help us advertise the grant money available to young people through the Gigs First scheme.
What has been your biggest challenge to date?
We are fighting for survival after losing our founding partner, Woolworths Plc. Trying to communicate what we do now, without the constraints of a big corporate founder is one of our biggest challenges and also getting the funding to be able to continue.
Do you have a Twitter tip for other charities?
Tweeting is as much about listening as it is about publishing your own thoughts and news. Treat your followers kindly, engage with them and they will spread the message about your work for you.
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