To those of you still in any doubt about the power of social media (though if you’re reading a blog that’s not likely) I’d like to share a little tale with you.
Late last year I read a tweet from the editor of Company magazine exasperated because she couldn’t get a cab home from the O2 with a wheelchair user and taxis were being less than helpful. I tweeted back that I often found myself in a similar predicament.
We exchanged a few emails and she asked me to contribute a piece to their campaign “Get Home Safely”. This is a campaign by Company magazine to highlight the dangers faced by women trying to get home after a night out; it features experiences from women who have been attacked as well as contacts of organisations that are working to ensure greater safety at night. The first article with my contribution was published in the February edition and there are more stories to be published in March and April.
Last week I received an email from Company asking if I would join them at a meeting with the Home Secretary, Theresa May, at Downing Street. Now, although I have many issues with the current government, particularly in regard to changes to the DLA, an invitation to Number 10 is too good to resist.
We had a brief photocall on the doorstep with David Cameron and had a Q&A session with Teresa May. We were then given a brilliant guided tour by the staff with a few great stories and I have to admit I was very impressed by the “reasonable adjustments” that had been made within Number 10. A lift, a chairlift and a couple of ramps all accompanied by really accommodating staff who ensured I had perfect access.
So you see? One tweet really did take me to Downing Street.
Check out April’s edition of Company to read more about the Get Home Safely campaign and to see photos from the day.
A huge thank you to Victoria, Emma & Catherine at Company and to Holly Peacock too!http://hollypeacock.tumblr.com/
Below is a list of some of the terrific organisations supporting the campaign: