• What is SoMe?
  • SoMe is a public engagement event that encourages face-to- face conversation about social, community or environmental issues.
  • Ok, so how do I organise a SoMe event?
  • At a SoMe event, volunteers share experience about the ‘Trending Topic’ you have chosen. They create a SoMe profile which visitors browse and use to start a conversation.
  • Do I have to pay to use SoMe?
  • The SoMe concept and the resources needed are free. All we ask in return is that you register your events and follow us on social media!
  • Do I need training?
  • We have produced a SoMe guide and other resources to help you, but if you need further help we can offer a quote for training, or to run an event for you. Contact us for more information.


SoMe is a mechanism for facilitating 1-1 conversations about specific social, community or environmental issues. The concept uses the things that work well in online social media to bring people together in face-to-face discussion.

At an event there are three SoMe spaces: The Wall, The Chat Room and The Message Board.

The Wall is where SoMe volunteers display pre-written ‘profiles’. These are A3 sheets, printed and laminated, containing some basic information including their interests, favourite books/films etc., along with a quote they have written about the experiences they are prepared to share. This quote must comprise 140 characters or fewer, similar to a Tweet on TwitterTM. Event organisers help volunteers to create their profiles beforehand, and visitors to the SoMe event are invited to look through the profiles and choose one a SoMe volunteer to talk to in the Chat Room.

The Chat Room is the space where SoMe volunteers and visitors sit down and talk. Profiles can be used to prompt and stimulate the conversation, which can be challenging but always respectful. Once the conversation has finished, the visitor is asked to visit the Message Board.

The Message Board is a space where visitors can evaluate their experience, also in 140 characters. Once written, their message is added to the board, which creates an ongoing, ‘live feed’ evaluation of the event and attracts other participants.

Running a SoMe event is relatively straightforward and inexpensive. As long as you have some volunteers prepared to talk to people about their own experiences, a venue, and a few basic resources, you can run a SoMe event.

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Forthcoming Events

Past Events

  • Trending Topic #Emerging Proud Day Film and Discussion

    4 Polplar Street | Wednesday 5th December 2018

  • Trending Topic #'Happy Heads' - A Mental Health Event

    New Life Croydon Church | Saturday 30th June 2018

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We have created SoMe to enable people across the UK to facilitate dialogue around social and community issues. We have made SoMe freely available for people to use for that purpose.

We know that some people may not have the skills, confidence or time to organise an event, so we offer a range of chargeable services including training and event management. Contact us to find out more or use the form below.


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Find our SoMe Facebook page, talk to us on Twitter @SoMeEvent and don't forget the hashtag #SoMe

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