Here is what the family who started the website had to say about it.
From the point of diagnosis through to settling back to 'life as normal', carers navigate a range of challenges and logistics that arise when a loved one becomes unwell, from relocating for treatment, managing the bills to adapting to hospital life. It is often from talking to other carers and families that carers find useful information, inspiration and ideas that help them find their way through. "The leaflets and booklets are great but sometimes hearing someone else say I " found accommodation", or "when the kids were struggling we tried this" was so valuable." said Lynsey
"carers have an amazing wealth of insight, tips and solutions to managing the logistic of caring for a loved one" Said Jason "We benefited from this often and we thought imagine if there was a way of passing this on to other individuals and families who, sometimes over night, find themselves in the role of being a carer."
So in August they launched a community created website, www.asolutionshared.com.au to make that possible.
A Solution Shared, which is not a treatment based website but instead focuses on the logistics of being a carer, covers a range of topics from managing work, explaining to children, getting respite, hospital life to managing the bills. There is even a section for family and friends to say how they have helped out. To get the website in full swing, Lynsey and Jason are keen for exisiting carers to get online and share their tips and tricks to help others through.
"The stories don't have to be long, sometimes just a few lines about how you managed a challenge can make a great difference to a new carer, knowing that they are not alone and there are ways through" Said Jason.
Visit the website a www.asolutionshared.com.au or connected up via facebook on www.facebook.com/asolutionshared
I get asked by a lot by small businesses and not for profits about how I find running social media pages - my answer of course is I love it and think every business or project can find their place in social media.
The first thing I say is policy, strategy, education and training are key, and that can open up a lengthy discussion - but not a scarey one. Just a conversation that needs to be had if you are going to start posting away. Once we have that vital piece discussed and an action plan drawn up, there is then a surge of "how do you" questions.
Here is a presentation that gives a gentle intro into the world of Twitter and Facebook, that might just enlighten you on a few....Read more...
Last week in New York, NY (April 30, 2012) – a small Australian Not-For-Profit Youth Website, www.tuneinnotout.com, which aims to help young Australian’s navigate life’s challenges were announced as a Distinction Winner in the Health Website category of The 2012 Communicator Awards by the International Academy of the Visual Arts.
The Silver Communicators Distinction trophy joins the websites’ impressive collection over the last year; Webby Awards Official Honoree Award - Youth Website and the Australian and New Zealand Information Website of the year 2011.
“TINO is a small not for profit website, but these awards show we are using our resources effectively to meet our goals of delivering information to help young people in an innovative and industry leading way” said Lynsey Goulding, Director of Progressive Content who manages all aspects of the project. “We are a Youth Health Information website. We have now received awards in the areas of Youth, Health and Information, we couldn’t be happier” ...Read more...
Last night, 17th October Melbourne, youth website www.tuneinnotout.com was awarded Australia’s best information website of the year award at the Australian and New Zealand Internet Award (ANZIA) gala dinner.
This award is the second major award for the website this year. www.tuneinnnotout.com, a project of the Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation (ALDAF), is a youth based website providing 24hr TV for life’s challenges for young people on issues from depression, body image, bullying, alcohol and sexual health.
Progressive Content manage all aspects of the project from marketing, social media, content partnerships, events and fundraising, public relations and most importantly building relationships with young people.
“TINO is more than just a client, we believe in the project so much and we are delighted to see the website go from strength to strength.” commented Lynsey Goulding, Director of Progressive Content “To top this success, in our recent annual website survey 92.2% of young people told us they would recommend Tune In Not Out to a friend, to receive that recognition from our target audience is the biggest achievement of all.” said Lynsey. ...Read more...
Hobart, Tasmania - 19th September 2011 - In a boost to an ailing economic climate, three Tasmanian based organisations have been presented with official recognition of their international achievement at the recent 2011 Webby Awards - the Internet's most respected symbol of success (see attached photo of the certificate presentation).
Together 3 local Tasmanian businesses, Handbuilt Creative, Progressive Content and the Drug Education Network have played an integral role in the development of the national youth website Tune In Not Out to become Australian’s only website to be awarded a Webby Honoree (Youth), shortlisted from over 10,000 entries to rank alongside the main websites of business colossals Disney, Lego and MTV....Read more...