Social Care Curry Club

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Calling all hosts – June 5 eat-up

It’s that time again, the stomachs have started grumbling, the distant whispers of the relative merits of bhuna or jalfrezi can be heard if you listen really carefully, and the tweets are starting to pile up asking about the next curry club. Social Care Curry Club will return on June 5 2014 and we’re now at a stage of requesting hosts so please do get in touch. As ever with curry there aren’t really any rules except no sales, and you must pass the love social care, love curry test. If you can say yes to all of those then you’re welcome.

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We are trying to spread the hosting around a little, so if you’ve hosted more than twice before please try to pass your responsibilities onto someone new! We also would much prefer pairs of hosts, if you don’t know someone that’s fine, we’ll get you a partner in crime but inclement weather and other unforeseen circumstances have meant we’ve lost several hosts on the night/just before – we know it happens, so we’re trying to plan for it. In fact on one fateful night last year the amazing Tim stepped up to the Scottish curry club mantle after we lost not one, but two hosts, due to flooding. So, pairs it is.

If you’d like to host please add your name and location (exact venue if you know it or town if not) below in the comments section and we’ll set the eventbrite page up for bookings. Some of you have already offered publicly and privately, please add a comment here or DM again and we’ll work it out. There’s a post that goes into the role of host here, it will probably answer every hosting question you have, if it doesn’t then please send us a tweet or leave us a comment.

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Good luck curriers

When Matt and I initially discussed Social Care Curry Club we envisaged a handful of people coming together, to talk about social care and enjoy a curry. It was intended to be a relaxed and casual interaction, no presentations, no sales, no pitches, just people who cared about social care coming together.

We’ll let you into a badly kept secret now, we completely underestimated the appetite and interest that there would be. Times are hard, psychologically and financially, this isn’t exactly the best climate to try and introduce a concept of edible networking. Yet so far our simple idea has seemed to grab people’s attention. The proof will be in what happens over the next 24 hours and whether the appetite remains for future eat-ups, but if the interest so far is anything to go by we seem to be onto a good thing.

In two short months, when lots of people have been taking summer holidays and we’re always warned not to try and arrange anything, this has gone from a throwaway chat on twitter about who we’d most like to have curry with, and grown into the curry monster that it is today! So what does success look like so far? Well:

  • we have had a couple months of conversation about curry with some out of this world currytastic puns and now have 550 followers on twitter
  • we have been encouraged and supported by our network of curry lovers to grow this idea from a gathering that rotated around the UK to one that pops up anywhere globally
  • we have twenty volunteer hosts who will meet and greet on the night, who have liaised with curry houses and punters and carried the responsibility on their shoulders
  • we have had over three thousand hits on this blog so far
  • we have three spin offs that we know of @OTCurry, @PharmacyCurry and @SchGovCurry
  • we have contacted Norman Lamb and Aileen Campbell and are optimistically in negotiations about having a Social Care Curry Club eat-up in Westminter and Holyrood
  • we have twelve UK eat-ups in Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Canterbury, Cardiff, Chesterfield, Dorchester, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester and Southampton, and
  • we have one international eat-up in Vancouver.

We are still getting bookings and expect one or two last minute cancellations, but at this point in time 233 people will come together tomorrow. That’s over two hundred people who love social care and curry and living testament that sometimes simple ideas work. Have a great curry night wherever you are and don’t forget the hashtag #socialcarecurry

September eat-ups names

Scotland’s first Social Care Curry Club

There have been several twitter conversations about where best to hold the first Social Care Curry Club meet up in Scotland. The consensus decision (amongst those who were chatting) was to go for Glasgow, and Mother India’s Cafe was suggested a couple of times as a venue. STOP PRESS: Mother India’s Cafe don’t take bookings so we’ve moved to Mother India in Westminster Terrace.

Hopefully this will work for enough people to make it a viable meet up. The next date is Thursday 5 December so be sure to save that date if you can’t make this one.

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There is only a loose plan for how this develops, you can read more about the idea behind the club here. At the moment it looks like a number of people will gather together for a couple hours on Thursday 5 September, to talk social care and enjoy a curry. We can firm up exact timings closer to the date but for now we’ve set up a booking system on eventbrite so we can gather an indication of numbers, with a kick off time of 7pm.

George will be coming up for this one, but don’t let that put you off, hopefully there may well be some other people travelling north across the border to join us too. You can book your tickets here, it doesn’t cost anything for a ticket (although you’ll need to fork out for your own food and drink) but booking will allow us to know numbers so we can get a table. You’ll also be able to see who else is coming:

Book tickets for Glasgow now

If you’d like to know a little bit more about it then you can read up about the first meeting in Birmingham on this post. Any questions drop us a line here or on twitter.

You’ve saved the date, now what?

When we decided to throw together Social Care Curry Club our intention was to have a roving club that wandered the country, with people travelling to wherever and whenever they could make. However people immediately started, and continued to ask, whether there would be a meeting near them. This has led to a slight change in format because we’re all about being user-centred!!

The plan now is that we will arrange and support one date a quarter, the next two are Thursday 5 September and Thursday 5 December, but we’re happy to promote or share other dates/times if people wish to have them. There have been some suggestions that these would work after or during particular events and conferences – fill your boots, just let us know and we’ll do what we can to share the info.

So, back to the September meet up. There has been interest from pretty much every area of the country to meet for curry. Some arrangements have been firmed up on twitter and we already know that there will be a Scottish Social Care Curry Club gathering in Glasgow – more on that in the next post. What follows is a series of polls to identify where else we should organise a meet up. All we need is an indication of which location you’d prefer – please only vote if you wish to attend that meet up, so you can only vote once in each poll, which will allow us to see if a meet up is viable in a particular area. Please don’t get offended about the geographical distinctions, we’ve picked places where members are or have talked about, if none of these areas work for you then let us know and we can arrange another poll to support you to arrange one in your local area.

Once we know where is looking popular we’ll look to identify local hosts who can a) guarantee they will be there b) suggest and book the venue and c) welcome people on the day. Some people have already volunteered but if you’d like to host a meet up then drop us a message on twitter. So, fingers on the buzzers, get voting people to determine where the curry will be had in September.

First meet up – Birmingham 4 July

We have been delighted with the enthusiasm that you social care types have responded to the offer of curry! There has been so much interest that we’ve decided to go for a soft launch, a sort of trial run, next week in Birmingham at Al Faisals. We appreciate that lots of people wont be able to travel to the West Midlands at such short notice, but if you can please do. You can book your tickets here, it doesn’t cost anything for a ticket (although you’ll need to fork out for your own food and drink) but booking will allow us to know numbers so we can get a table. You’ll also be able to see who else is coming:

Book your tickets for Birmingham now

We’ve had 30 responses to the survey about which night you prefer and the vast majority of people weren’t fussed, Thursdays snuck ahead as the second preference. So our current plan is to meet quarterly, on the first Thursday of the month. This means that the dates for the rest of this calendar year that you need to book out in your diary now are Thursday 5 September and Thursday 5 December. Given the geographic spread of interest we’re anticipating that we’ll have a number of meet ups on the same evening and we’ll connect between by hashtag on twitter if there’s appetite to do so. Of course you’re welcome to attend any meet up so you don’t just need to meet the same people each time.

If you can join us next week we’d love to see you, if not Matt and George will eat curry and chastise themselves for being so responsive/last minute in organising. More about the later dates in due course, watch this space.

What day works best for you?

We’re keen to make sure that Social Care Curry Club has at least one good outing this year, hopefully a few more. We believe in the benefits of a co-productive approach to most things, and think that all good curry planning should take account of end user preferences, so we’d be very grateful if you could complete the following poll to allow us to gauge an idea of the best evening to arrange to meet. Later polls will look at timing preferences but for now we’re starting with the basics. Please vote away and continue to spread the word about Social Care Curry Club. Thank you.