End of a long and varied week in sight….

IMG_7889.JPGWhat an exciting week for IWPride its been, we have finally been able to release exciting news about the Rainbow Gala Dinner which promises to be a fantastic evening and I really cannot wait! Miss Jason always leaves me in tears, sometimes by her quick wit and loving humour, sometimes with her amazing vocal talents!

It will be great to catch up with Kat Kai Kol-Kes again, we spent a brilliant crisp spring day walking along Ryde Esplanade back in Feb and she won me over! She’s an amazing human being with a passion and energy for life! She also taught me that I know absolutely ZILCH about African geography!

Cormac De Barra is coming to stay at ours! And will be lulling me to sleep with his Harp and his Irish accent! Heaven!

Having a full time job, full time dog, being Chair of Governors for two large colleges whilst trying to revise for two important exams leaves me with very little time to sit and chill. I fill the rest in with attempting to do what I can to help make Pride as successful as it can possibly be.

This week has been no different to any others, except with work being so busy, I have felt the stresses of life. This makes my Sulley Dog an amazing treat and to be able to wander along Appley beach, with a creature that is excited by lifes simple pleasures, really is a fantastic tonic against the backdrop of stressful times.

I would encourage and discourage people to get into school Governance in equal measure. It CAN be the most rewarding experience and varied experience, whilst also being stressful and upsetting, when all we want is the upmost best for our young people, setting them up for the big wide world in the best possible way.

As for Pride, when I do get some down time, there are lots of exciting plans being hatched and things being put into reality. A sponsored bike ride, a weekend camping and outdoor lads experience but to name a few, alongside the eagerly awaited Gala Dinner, the BIG summer event on 15th July is shaping up to be a really BIG deal!

In the meantime, I will raise a bottle of beer to an amazing team of people working hard to make PRIDE happen on the Island. No individual can do it all and as with other areas of my life, the team can sometimes face challenges, but its the hard work that makes things happen!

Cheers everyone xxx

Social Media @IWPride spreads its wings!

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As with anything in life, sometimes our best laid plans don’t always go as we may wish. This was very much the case in the early days of setting up social media accounts for IWPride!

There was a plan, a neat timetable that allowed us to discuss, take stock and do things in a timely manner. Sadly, a columnist decided to put their own view about Pride into the public domain. Whilst shocking and a challenging read, we did not quite expect the local and indeed National reaction!

Our plan was out the window! Suddenly a lot of eyes were on us and people were frantically wishing to tweet, retweet, tag in Facebook and look for further information and ways of contacting and interacting with Pride.

Overnight, we created our social media presence swiftly but rather unplanned. Fortunately, with experienced people involved, a professional and natural presence appeared online which people immediately connected and interacted with!

Our social media platforms are, and will continue to be, a vital tool in promoting Pride, spreading details of events and gaining support!

Already, we have seen a number of people volunteer their time, turn up to organised events and show an interest in Pride. Now we need to build on this and continue to interact in new and innovative ways that continue to entice new people to our platforms, whilst continuing to engage those already following us.

Plans won’t always be stuck to, we will be flexible and respond to current affairs. We won’t always get it right, but we will always aim to be positive, reasoned and fair and will always respond to requests and comments!

Please spread the word of all of IWPride social platforms and please please please continue to engage and socially interact with us!

Much Love!

Social media team

IWPride xx