I’ve been working with a fantastic team on a campaign called Benefit To Society, which aims to challenge negative stereotypes of social housing residents, or council house tenants – whichever term you prefer.
One of the ways we’re getting people to think about their attitudes and question if they pigeonhole people unfairly, is to use social media to get people chatting, debating and pledging their support.
Our team of tenants and housing professionals are collaborating to manage the Benefit To Society social media accounts – each of us taking shifts to listen and start conversations.
In short we’re asking you to
- See the person, not the stereotype
- Think before you judge
You can contribute in lots of ways, but I thought I’d list seven very easy ways you can join in.
1. Pledge your support
Go to the ‘pledge’ page on the website to sign your name. If possible, please take time to leave a few words on why you support the campaign!
2. Get the Twibbon and Facebook frame
This visible sign that you show your support might get your Twitter followers and Facebook friends interested, and we’d love you to proudly champion the cause!
3. Do the quiz and share it
This is a simple quiz to get everyone thinking about the places they have lived. Many of us experience a surprising number of different circumstances in our lives – this is just a conversation starter.
Share your answers with your friends, and encourage them to take part.
Would you judge them on the places they’ve lived?
4. Like, share, comment
Help us reach more people and tell us your thoughts. All the ideas, stories and support you can contribute matter!
5. Turn on notifications
Just for two weeks, get notifications of all our posts so you can keep up with the conversation.
That means on Twitter, you’ll get alerts on your mobile phone.
On Facebook, it means when you go to your home feed we’ll be the first thing you see.
6. Use the hashtag
7. Get others involved
Spread the word! If you can think of people you know, local politicians or celebrities who you think would get behind this, tag them in our posts!
Here’s an example, where I reply to a tweet hoping to get some MPs and megastar Cher to pledge their support – if only!