Promoting The Corner to young people at Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
The Corner young person’s service were excited to be part of Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival 2016. The inner-city music event, is named after the city’s tram network and is organised by a number of local promoters, organisations and venues. Spanning three days, the festival takes place across venues and performance spaces in the city centre.
Staff and volunteers spent several months planning for the event which is attended by thousands of young people. We wanted to use the event to promote the service across the city.
We also wanted to use it as an opportunity to get young people to follow us on social media to further spread the word and keep updated around The Corner. As we all know social media platforms are becoming an easy and accessible way for young people to access instant information around support and the ever changing world of drugs and alcohol and The Corner wants to encourage the young people of Sheffield to get involved.
We are running a ‘Summer Giveaway’ where young people can like us on social media for a chance to win high street vouchers, climbing sessions, bowling and cinema tickets. We made hundreds of ‘party bags’ (we are thinking of branching out into party planning!) which included harm reduction cards around cannabis, alcohol and NPS use, spikey’s, glow sticks, bubbles, water and lollipops. All of which promoted our service and social media sites.
We also went out armed with our tablets to interact with festival goers and used it as an opportunity to ask the young people of Sheffield their thoughts around drugs and alcohol locally, what would support them accessing a service and are would be any barriers as well as giving harm reduction advice.
It was great to get instant feedback that will really help us shape the future of the service.