Social media surgeries are informal drop-in sessions where those involved in community groups, charities and voluntary organisations, or those just interested for themselves, can come to find tips, help and advice about using social media.
Through the support of our eager-to-assist ‘surgeons’ (volunteers who have a hands-on understanding of Twitter, Facebook, Blogging and the like), we’ll do our best to get you started, whether you want to promote your community venture, raise awareness of a local issue or keep in touch with family and friends.
They are usually completely free, relaxed and totally geared to the needs of those who come; all you need to do is turn up with your questions, and we’ll offer you all the help we can in a focused, jargon-free manner; we’ll even throw in some tea and coffee.
The first gathering of this kind was held in Birmingham back in 2008 and the social media surgery plus website socialmediasurgery.com was set up to coordinate the growing number of locations where similar events were happening.
As a result of its growth and engagement, in 2012 they were awarded a No. 10 Big Society Award (http://www.bigsocietyawards.org/award-winners/social-media-surgeries).
There are regular events in Wolverhampton – notably in the city’s Chubb Buildings staffed by the good folk at www.wv11.co.uk and others. Others are periodically available in Warwickshire and up into Birmingham.
For more information about the latter, and to register, simply go to hsocialmediasurgery.com/surgeries/ and we very much look forward to seeing you there!