Local community groups and non-profit organisations will be delighted to learn that the first ever programme of ‘social media surgeries’ ever run in Scotland, is happening in Edinburgh between January and March. Social media surgeries are an increasingly established way of working down south, and aim to match up experienced volunteers with people from local community groups and charities to provide them with easy to access, one to one help, with getting online. No group is too informal, or too large, to take part in the events which aim to focus on helping people get their message across – whilst avoiding jargon, boring presentations, and lengthy sales pitches.
There are social media surgery events planned in libraries all over North Edinburgh, including the Granton, MacDonald Road, and Piershill libraries. There’s more info on the Edinbuzz.net website, and in the flyer below.
Multimedia journalist, Tom Allan, who is coordinating these first 12 events said:
“The aim of the surgeries is to take social media tools to community groups and people in parts of the city that might not otherwise get access to this kind of training – certainly not for free.
Blogging, twitter, facebook, You-tube – they’re all great tools, which can be used to to campaign, to debate, and to raise issues with local politicians and decision makers. And this is a fun, informal way to learn how to use them.
We’re really pleased to be working Edinburgh City Libraries on this pilot stage of the project, and to be able to take something innovative like this to libraries across the city.”
There are some fantastic people from a huge range of backgrounds who have already offered to give their time and expertise for free – including Ross McCulloch and Martin Keane of Be Good Be Social fame (who are traveling from Glasgow to help out at the Muirhouse Library event), as well as more local faces, like Colin Gilchrist and Jane Griffen from Waverley Care. The folk organising Edinbuzz [disclosure - that includes me!], are still on the look out for people who want to volunteer as surgeons. If you’re interested in this please do get in touch here.
If you’re involved in a local community group and you’d like to come along to a surgery, you’ll be pleased to know that you don’t need to book in advance to come to a social media surgery – and you can come to as many events as you like.
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