‘Making a Difference’ – WEA Parliamentary Event and Awards

This blog is a bit different. I’ve experimented with Storify software to make a narrative out of tweets. It’s my first attempt so it’s very much learning in public.

I’ve collated some tweets about the WEA’s ‘Making a Difference’ Parliamentary event last week to capture some of the comments that people made as the event unfolded. There’s a link at:


I’d be grateful if anyone has any hints and tips about using Storify or any comments on it.

Twitter is still a foreign language to many people so the Storify’s introduction has a link to a site that explains twitter symbols and acronyms.

(The WEA runs social media courses if you want to find out more. You can find regional contact details at http://www.wea.org.uk/local if you’re interested in a course about twitter or other new media. There are many online resources for independent learning too.)

The WEA Awards Ceremony followed the Parliamentary event. It was an inspiring and emotional event.

The winners were:

Olive Cordell Skills for Life Tutor

  • Laraine Clark

Olive Cordell Skills for life Student

  • Luzayadio Mputo

WEA Volunteer

  • David Dennehy

WEA Student – Joint Award

  • Alec Buchanan
  • Julie Harrison

WEA Learning Group

  • Tammy Spriggs, Lisa Harrington and Janine Ginno

Diversity in Practice

  • Tandrusti

WEA Campaign

  • Why Vote?

Contribution to Sustainability

  • Women’s groups at Clovelly

WEA Tutor

  • Janet Henson

Innovative Partnership

  • WEA and Horizons

Innovative Branch and WEA South West

  • Activ8 for Carers

Special Recognition: Education

  • Sahira Tariq

Special Recognition: Support services and WEA Eastern

  • Kathryn Coles

Special Recognition: Long service

  • John Hurst

WEA Scotland

  • Bathgate Once More

WEA North East

  • Elizabeth Langdown

WEA North West

  • Ties to the Past

WEA Yorkshire and Humber

  • Beth Deakin

WEA East Midlands

  • Learning into Leadership on the Internet

WEA West Midlands

  • Shiyalini Mohan

WEA Eastern

  • Kathryn Coles

WEA London

  • Mike Bradley

WEA South West

  • Activ8 for Carers

WEA Southern

  • Adler Mosaicists

WEA Ambassador

  • Nigel Todd

There’s a wonderful booklet outlining their stories. It should be available soon at www.wea.org.uk.

About Ann Walker
Adult education and lifelong learning specialist and campaigner. LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/1GI0QK1

6 Responses to ‘Making a Difference’ – WEA Parliamentary Event and Awards

  1. infostocksy says:

    Nice post, as usual 😉

    Here’s a cool twitter tool :-


    and here’s a TWITTER 101 I put together for the DAIN project some time ago :-


    • Ann Walker says:

      Thanks for your kind comments and for the helpful links.I appreciate the feedback and the good reminder of the DAIN project’s work (Digital Activists’ Inclusion Network). The twitter tool is new to me, but I’ve used Wordle – even in WEA Trustees’ development events.

      Thanks again for sharing the resources.

  2. Peter Threadkell says:

    Much prefer your blog . I like essays better than 140 character twits ! Peter

    Ann Walker posted: “This blog is a bit different. I’ve experimented with Storify software to make a narrative out of tweets. It’s my first attempt so it’s very much learning in public. I’ve collated some tweets about the WEA’s ‘Making a Difference’ Parliamentary event l”

  3. Ann Walker says:

    Thanks for engaging with this Peter and for commenting. It’s good to have a range of views and I’m sure that many people will prefer more traditional forms of writing too.

    I liked the diplomatic phrasing of your feedback!

  4. Tim Arnold says:

    Ann, very good effort – great to see a selection of tweets from the day in one place – but I think the story would have more impact if it was multi-media. You could pull in pictures from our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.325499590891599.77601.156754144432812&type=1&l=0a903f9443 and I know Clare White has put images on their Flickr. Match an image to a tweet!

    • Ann Walker says:

      Thanks Tim. Good practical suggestion. Not sure that it’s worth the time to update this version but I’ll try to add multi-media into future experiments. Thanks for the tip – and the link to the photos.

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