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New Social Media Assistant: Andrew

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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. I’ve written articles for websites, made videos for live-streams and YouTube and I am an Editor for a website but I’ve never been paid for these things, only ever repaid with experience, arguably just as valuable.

Coming to Beith Community Development Trust will allow me to gain new experience in a new setting with new people for a new cause. A cause that I am interested in as it affects so many people in Scotland and even in the rest of the UK. With many high street shops shutting down in smaller towns, we’re seeing more and more people take their money to bigger towns like Glasgow and Ayr or even online. With a lack of shops in local towns comes a decrease in income which leads to a whole host of other problems.

Aimed at ensuring Beith does not fall and is lifted up from the shadows, Beith Community Development Trust is dedicated to ensuring that Beith continues to grow on its own merits and successes, allowing Beith to return to its proud heritage and that is something I agree with and wish to support.

Social Media Work Experience:

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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.

Social media

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.

“The Art of Cooking” – William Morton

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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.

a photo of the fairy doors on the tree that I took on one of the days of my work experience

Emily Nix – Social Media Work Experience

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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.

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Megan Armstrong- Social Media Work Experience- Greenwood Academy

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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.

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Tinkertown

Tinkertown at Beith Astro

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Tinkertown is an inspiring place, a scrap timber village built by children for children (and their families).
Developed in the spirit of authentic ‘Adventure Playgrounds’ and in response to the inaugural Architecture Fringe (Archi-Fringe) Festival, Tinkertown welcomed 200 visitors across four days to the Pollokshields Playhouse in July 2016.

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Chapel Gig

Chapel Gig

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Following the success of previous Chapel Gigs, we are holding our third Chapel Gig on the 1st July in the Old Chapel at Geilsland.  The evening features exciting bands Redwood Ridge (fresh from Eden Festival) with support from The Savalas, Strung out Nights and Stephen Hamilton. 

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June

June

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The year seems to have shot through, feels like only yesterday we celebrated the start of 2017.
And yet summer time is fast approaching, even the weather at times feels more like summer time with the sun shining which at least to me makes you feel more positive.

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poly tunnel

Project Polytunnel: With Doc & Bert

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Doc and Bert attend the plants in the poly tunnel every morning to make sure they are watered and cared for to ensure bountiful crops in a small space! The plants include many kinds of salad leaves, 4 different types of tomatoes, courgettes, cucumbers, a wide variety of herbs, carrots, cauliflowers, lemon grass, kales and chards, potatoes, peas, beans and chilli peppers to name but a few!

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Pamper

Pamper, Prosecco & Cream Tea

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Don’t miss your chance for a real pick-me-up on Saturday.
The weekend is nearly here! Fancy a glass of prosecco and a cream tea with a friend in the sunshine? Or maybe the chance to pick up a treatment, a gorgeous scarf or piece of jewellery, or a lovely scented candle. We are hosting another Pamper Day at Geilsland, Beith on Saturday 20th May. Following the success of the last Pamper event on Mother’s Day it is sure to be a busy day and so we are highly recommending that you book your space in advance to guarantee that you get the chance of a beauty treatment too.

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Bug Hotel

Bug Hotel

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What is a bug hotel, well it’s a place for bees, birds, beetles and other creatures to live or take shelter. As just like us, nature has a housing shortage.

Why build a bug house/hotel, well there are three good reasons, firstly for us all there is only so much you can learn in a classroom, through books, videos or TV.  To truly appreciate and understand nature you need to venture outside, use your senses and experience for yourself the wonder of nature. For as the naturalist and conservationist John Muir advocated experiencing and enjoying nature near and far means you are more likely to care and be an ‘active conservationist’.

Secondly in an age of immediacy a bug hotel/home teaches patience in its planning, construction and having to wait days, weeks or months to wait and see what creatures use it plus tweeting occurs outside not online. Read More

Corey cup

Corey Cup 2017

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Corey Cup 2017
 Click on Corey Cup 2017  to view Photographs.

The Corey Cup is an annual school football tournament held in the Garnock Valley for children in P6&7. The tournament is in honour of young Corey Hamilton, who sadly passed away in 2013 after a battle with rhabdoid sarcoma, a kidney cancer aged just 9 years old.  Set up by Corey’s family and Beith Trust in 2014 the event is held annually on Corey’s birthday on 24 March and brings the Garnock Valley schools together in a friendly football competition where the teams compete to win the coveted cup and title.

The 4th annual Corey Cup was a fantastic competition with lots of fun and great football on display Beith Astroturf. The weather was unusually sunny which made the event even better and made it all the more fun for onlookers, parents and classmates to cheer their teams on! As ever the teams were split by organisers Beith Trust into play off groups, resulting with the two group winners playing in thesemi-finals, and then onto a final. Read More

Beith Cycles

Beith Cycles

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Sunday 12th March 11AM — 2PMSunday 12th March 11AM — 2PM Geilsland school, Beith KA15 1HD

Beith cycles is a new initative to encourage the people of Beith to get on their bikes! We want to find out what improvements you think could be made to support cycling and active travel in the area. The goal is to encourage people of all ages and abilities to travel by bike so come along, grab a burger and have your say!

  • Bouncy castle
  • Electric bikes
  • Balance bikes
  • cycle games
  • free bike MOT’S
  • FREE ADMISSION!

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Basic Cooking Course

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Every Wednesday morning we run an “elementary cooking skills course”.

We make starter’s, main course’s & deserts cooking from fresh. Ensuring safe use of kitchen knives, utensils, ovens, hobs and pots and pans. Basically learning to cook & be safe in the kitchen.

Our outcome is to increase basic food preparation skills and increase basic cooking  and presenting skills. Gain awareness of food safety and gain awareness of using safe and hygenic practise.

The course length is 6.5 hours and is certified by REHIS. (Royal enviromental health institute of scotland).

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