We're re-launching Postcards from the Edges - this time asking you what good social care is and why it's important.

Our new, relaunched Postcards website now has the ability for individuals to upload video 'postcards' through YouTube.

If you would like to submit a video postcard, here's a simple guide on how to record a video.

Step 1: Find the camera on your phone

The great thing about technology advancing is that a lot of phones are very capable of recording excellent videos, so you don't need a video camera. All you need to do is navigate to the camera function on your phone and find a video camera icon.

Because each phone is different, it's difficult for us to provide a detailed guide on how your phone's camera function works, but if you need some help, give us a shout at [email protected] and we'll try our best.

Step 2: Think about what you would like to say

Speak from the heart and tell the world your thoughts.

Consider thinking about what good social care means to you, how your experiences have shown you what social care means day to day, and why social care should be properly funded.

To start off, you can check out the revamped Postcards from the Edges website and have a look at some video postcards we already have. Here's an example:

They don't have to be long. In fact the shorter, the better! Around 30 seconds would be just right.

Step 3: Record and introduce yourself

Here are some tips for recording a good quality video:

  • When you're recording, be sure to not sit right in front of a light source, like the sun shining through the window.
  • Make sure to turn your phone so it's horizontal, rather than vertical.
  • Record in a quiet place without much background noise.
  • Consider using something like a table or shelf to help keep the camera still.

Look at the camera, and introduce your message. You might say something like:

  • "Good social care is..."
  • "I think social care is important because..."
  • "To me, social care is ..."

If it's helpful to write down some bullet points before you start, do so! And don't worry about it being perfect. It's about speaking from the heart and talking about what this means to you.

Step 4: Upload your video to YouTube

Just before you upload your video, watch it over on your phone to make sure you're alright with everything.

Most phones also come with a 'share' function which allows you to share your video to all sorts of different platforms. Most of the time, when you see your video in the gallery of your phone, there will be either an icon that looks like an arrow or an icon that looks like three connected dots.

When you click on it, it will ask if you want to share via things like Facebook, Twitter, or any other application that you have on your phone. You should have an option to share via YouTube. If you don't have this option, you may have to install the YouTube app on your phone.

If you don't have a YouTube account, don't worry! Most people with a Gmail address or Google account will be able to instantly create a YouTube account. And when you share something to YouTube, it will guide you through creating an account.

Once you've uploaded a video, you can add the video to the Postcards from the Edges website.

Other ways to contribute

If creating a video postcard isn't for you, there are still plenty of ways to get involved in Postcards from the Edges. You can create a visual postcard online using tools on the website or you can make a postcard by hand, scan it and upload it to the website. Visit the Postcards from the Edges website to find out more. 

Visit the Postcards from the Edges website