‘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.

The training - dates, locations and how to register . . .

In partnership with Digital Trainer, Fin of Supersize Media, we have taken on board the digital skills people told us they most want to learn and where the demand for this training is. The result is a day long digital skills training session that will take place in 5 locations across Scotland this November / December. This training will cover:

  • How to set up and manage a Facebook group or page
  • Facebook advertising explained
  • How to edit photos and create posters and flyers using Canva (free online design software)
  • How to set up and manage a digital newsletter using Mailchimp (free online software)

Those who responded to our initial call for interest were given first opportunity to sign up but there are still some places available on the training sessions below. Please note: each session is limited to 25 participants, please book asap to avoid disappointment. Click below for more information and to register via eventbrite -

Digital Skills - Inverness, 10am - 4.30pm, Saturday 4 November

Digital Skills - Paisley, 10am - 4.30pm, Tuesday 14 November

Digital Skills - Edinburgh, 10am - 4.30pm, Friday 17 November

Digital Skills - Selkirk, 10am - 4.30pm, Saturday 25 November

Digital Skills - Stornoway - tbc (details coming soon)

If you are having problems registering via eventbrite or would prefer to register over the phone, please contact Cassandra on 0131 561 7333 or email cass@vascotland.org.uk