John Popham, Monica Tailor, Nick Booth and some other Geeza at the Big Society Awards

John Popham, Monica Tailor, Nick Booth and David Cameron

On Thursday June 21st Monica (@monicatailor) accompanied Nick Booth (@podnosh) and John Popham (jonhpopham) to London to collect a Big Society Award for Social Media Surgeries.

Social Media Surgeries take place to support community groups, non-profits and charities to help utilise the power of social media to help their cause.

The Big Society Awards were set up by the Prime Minister in November 2010 in order to: "recognise and celebrate individuals, groups or organisations doing exceptional work in their community, going above and beyond to make things better for others". The first 14 award recipients were invited to a reception at 10 Downing Street.

This award is fantastic recognition for the organisers and volunteers who give up their time in order to run Social Media Surgeries across the country and we're especially proud of Monica.

As well as getting the opportunity to visit Downing Street and meet the Prime Minister, Monica, Nick and John were also allowed to take part in a world's first. In a break with the normal security protocols, they were allowed to keep their phones and tweet from inside 10 Downing Street. This gave friends and followers a sneak peak inside one of the most secure buildings in the country. John used Storify to let you see how it panned out too.

Here's hoping that the award helps spread the word about Social Media Surgeries.