Katie Watson: About me
I would describe myself as confident, strong and outgoing but I usually keep myself to myself and not talk about the things going on in my life. I have a very big imagination and my creative skills are very good. My friends would describe me as loud, crazy and “not right in the head”. I like to go out every weekend and spend time with my friends and during the week I spend with my mum.
I use social media to keep in touch with my friends by mainly using snapchat, Facebook and Instagram because to me, these are the apps I enjoy using more. I like to shop online and read blogs written by my family. Social media helps you to express how you feel through posts you share without having to say it out loud. Using social media I can keep myself up to date with events I’m going to and look at pictures of the places my friends and family have been to. My experiences with social media have been good ones as I tend to keep myself out of trouble online and keep all the drama to reality. I would like to work as a social media assistant because I like writing and taking pictures and I feel like that would help me a lot with wanting to become a journalist. I’m hoping to take away better social skills as I don’t normally speak to people that is don’t know or haven’t spoken to before, I also don’t like being in an environment that I’m not used to so I’m sure this will help a lot with that.
What I Learned
I got to work with multiple people with completely different personalities, all of them unique but everyone was so welcoming and always had something for me to do. I made an adventure trail that everyone loved and also made a leaflet on all the events that Beith trust hold, I took a lot of photos in and around the Geilsland estate. I helped out at the play day on Friday and I was cooking in the kitchen on Thursday.
Working in the kitchen was unique, I think of myself as a good cook but when I walked into the kitchen I was greeted with many different and strange ways of cooking. I’ve always stuck to the traditional ways of cooking but I was showed easy and quicker methods to make lasagna. I’ve never made lasagna before but I had a rough idea of how to do it from watching my mum in the kitchen.
We made four lasagna’s two of which were your normal traditional lasagna, another was a vegetarian lasagna and the last one didn’t have pasta sheets.For the two normal lasagna’s we started off Frying the onion until it was soft then we added the mince and cooked it until it was brown. This is where one of the weird parts come in, next we added lentils, salt and pepper and mixed it about. Once it was mixed we added tomato passata, chopped tomato and then mixed some more. We then added even more weird things, sugar and tomato ketchup. To finish off the mince we added all the herbs and give it one last mix. We made the cheese sauce and started to put the lasagnas together. To make the vegetarian lasagna we used the same cheese sauce but instead of using the mince filling we used vegetables. We listened to music while working, and the best part was when Gerry Cinnamon came on.
At Play Days we worked alongside the children and took photos of the activities they took part in, we had a big soft play and a bouncy castle for them to play on. We also had push bikes out and the kids had a blast pushing themselves about and of course they had their helmets on. Healthy snacks were given to the kids, even the parents had a great time with tea and coffee in the kitchen they were all set for the fun.
I got to work on computers a lot which is something I’m not very used to. I used publisher to work on my newsletter and got to see how you can put the same post in different social media platforms using hootsuite, I found this very interesting because I didn’t know you could do that. I also got a crash course in photoshop, and used a lot of other office programs that will come in handy throughout school. The officer environment was far from boring, if anything it was the exact opposite. I helped out with admin and marketing and picked up a lot of great new skills that have helped me figure out the path I would like to go down in future.
Abby Law: My Social Media Prefrences
I mainly use social media to speak and keep in touch with my friends and family. I also use it to keep up to date with events and things that are happening in the world and to follow different influencers. On social media, I also like posting about what I have been doing and sharing pictures of myself with my friends. Read More
Band Factory to Barrowlands & Beithfest!
Sam Trodden: Exclusive!
We invited members of many organisations, fire service, community police, local councillors as well health practitioners to name just a few. To come and find out about our new service that we are piloting throughout the Garnock Valley as well as North Ayrshire. Read More
Social Media: Work Experience
My name is Nathan, I live in Stevenston and attend Auchenharvie Academy. I chose to complete work experience here at Beith Community Trust as I am interested in Social Media and wanted to increase my skills and knowledge. I have gained skills in writing blogs and working on other social platforms whilst also working with other people in an office environment. I feel I was suited to this position as I use multiple social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat to share content and interact with friends. I enjoy using social media as it is a place where you can communicate with people and share things with people with similar interests.
My time at Beith Trust
Monday - I was introduced to staff around the site and completed a quick introduction about myself then made a mind map of my understanding of what social media is and means to me. I started working through the Google Digital Garage course.
Tuesday - For most of the day I was completing the theory of the Digital Garage then made a few mock social media posts about upcoming events at Geilsland.
Wednesday - In the morning I was in the kitchen cooking, we made French onion soup for lunch.
Thursday - I wrote this blog.
Friday - I passed the exam on The Fundamentals of Digital Marketing and then finished off this blog.
Social Media is a powerful tool in a modern, information technology society. The words of one can be seen by hundreds, thousands or even millions of people. To understand social media is to understand people and what appeals to them. I chose this career path as it lines up more with my views and what I enjoy. From Facebook to Reddit, I’ve scoured the internet for everything: basic knowledge to dogs doing funny things. I’ve tried my hand at some aspects of internet content creation and media but now I’ve decided to make it a career choice and further my experience in a professional environment. Read More
Social Media Assistant Work Experience
My name is Emma Bishop. And for my work experience I chose to be a social media assistant with the Beith Trust at Geilsland estate.
My main social media account is my Instagram. I really like Instagram more than I like other social Medias because it’s free, easy to use, and everyone has it. I use social media to keep in touch with friends and family and also to help with my homework.
The estate itself
Luckily we had lovely, bright weather that helped with the lighting in my photographs but it was mainly thanks to the amazing scenery on the estate.
Why i wanted to do this
I wanted to do this because social media has been a big part of my life also because of my love of journalism as well as my love for photography. This (or something similar to this) to this would be an ideal carer choice for my future.
What i did during my time here
Monday- On the first day I took most of the pictures shown and I had a basic introduction on how things work around here.
Tuesday- on Tuesday I recreated newsletters for different events that are coming up. I also made a mind map on social media marketing and finally I did some research for the different types of beers, whiskeys and ciders that will be drank at beer fest.
Wednesday- I spent all day baking! We made a chocolate cheese cake (which didn’t turn out very well), a lemon cake, and 53 fairy cakes as well as 52 lemon cookies. The fairy cakes and cookies are for Friday. Some of the photographs are from this day.
Thursday- I am writing this blog post!
Friday- I will be visiting an old folk’s home and be taking pictures of the tea party they are having in celebration of the royal wedding! I will also be interviewing some of the guests.
“Cooking is one of the oldest arts and one which has rendered us the most important service in civic life.” – Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)
Would you like to do a cooking class William, it’s a fundamental skill worth learning. I gave them that look as if to say ‘are you sure this is a good idea’. My memories of cooking was at School, with a Home Economics Teacher who landed up doing it themselves and filled you more with dread than with confidence. So the years passed by and even though TV was full of Chefs, celebrity chefs and Bake Offs, the most I had confidence in doing was beans on toast.
The first few weeks I stood back waited for others to do and say what was right, never taking praise as I hadn’t really done anything. However as the months rolled by the reins were loosened, I learnt the most valuable lesson you can.
The only way to truly learn the art of cooking is get stuck in/get your hands dirty and to try it yourself. Even if at times the dishes have been somewhat stronger than recommended by the recipe. Who can forget the Noodle soup that became Vinegar soup or the dishes with more than a pinch of Coriander, or any other spice that came to hand.
I can’t say that I’ve went from novice to Gordon Ramsey or Ric Stein in a few months, however with the current group in the Kitchen, it’s become a learning and fun experience I do have the confidence to at least try and make the dishes, query the use of certain ingredients, suggest alternatives, laugh when it goes wrong and decide to follow my own recipe. That would explain why my lemon drizzle cake was somewhat harder than the recipe, suggested, but it tasted good and everybody ate it and that makes it a cooking success.
My name is Steven, I do some image editing for the site or using a program called GIMP and one of
the latest things I did was make a Halloween themed banner. I also help out with events that are
held, so far since I started I’ve volunteered at the Beith Beer Festival and Fright Night.
Food Train is an excellent service, and a terrific organisation to work for. We help older people throughout North Ayrshire by delivering a grocery shopping and delivery service. We collect shopping lists from our customers, make up orders in local supermarkets, and deliver the shopping to the customer’s home.
As a member of the North Ayrshire Youth Council Executive Committee, Greenwood Academy’s Pupil Council and Rights Respecting Schools Group and an Ambassador for the Year of Young People, I’ve found that social media is a vital tool for collecting people’s opinions, advertising events, and telling people how their views are being heard and utilised to take action on the issues that matter most to them.
My name is Megan Armstrong, and I use social media to express myself. The use of social media has been part of my life since joining secondary school as a way to communicate and keep up to date with the larger number of peers I was and still am surrounded by. Since then it has become an important part of everyday life. Social media not only stands for a personal use but a vital part of my school and work.