Opportunities Creative opportunities Digital participation ‘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. 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 with the running of their creative group / project. Why is there a need for this training? 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. The deadline for expressions of interest in this training closed on 7 August - a total of 90 people responded to our call for interest from right across Scotland, representing a wide range of cultural groups. Next steps . . . We are now working with Digital Trainer, Fin of Supersize Media, to go through the expressions of interest we received, to identify which digital skills there is an appetite to learn and where there is demand for this training. This information will form the basis of a day-long digital skills training session that we will run in four locations across Scotland in November / December 2017. Those who responded to our initial call for interest will be invited to attend the training in the first instance but there may be some additional places available. If you fit the criteria above, are interested in taking part and want to be kept updated as to when and where this training is taking place, please contact Cassandra at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0131 561 7333.