‘Putting the social into social media’ is a new project coordinated by Voluntary Arts Scotland that is offering anyone aged 50+ who helps run creative cultural activity, free training in digital skills.

Topics covered in the training could be anything from how to establish a Facebook page for your group to designing eye-catching posters for events, or using mobile technology to reach new members. We want you to help shape the training by using the form below to tell us what you would like to learn. This project is being funded by the Scottish Government as part of its wider Digital Scotland programme, delivered through SCVO's Digital Participation Charter Fund. We hope the training will provide participants with new skills that can help their creative group/project.

Why take part?

Voluntary-led creative activity comes in many forms, from community festivals, amateur dramatics companies and choirs to knitting groups and photography clubs, to name but a few. The internet, and other new technologies, can help groups grow and flourish in a variety of ways, offering new ways to communicate, secure funding and reach new members, audiences and volunteers. Many people aged 50+ are digital experts in the voluntary-led creative sector, from helping to run groups to providing organisational support. However, research suggests that some people in this same age-group would benefit from increased knowledge of digital skills to help them in these tasks.

So if you're over 50, actively involved in a creative group and/or project, and feel you could benefit from training in social media and other digital skills to pass onto others, we'd love to hear from you.

Please fill in this short expression of interest form before 7 August to register for this opportunity and let us know what digital skills you would ideally like to learn. If you would prefer to fill this in by phone, please contact Cassandra at cass@vascotland.org.uk.

We'll get back in touch after 7 August 2017 to discuss when and where the training will take place, and hope that you can join us!