New social media surgery sessions

Voluntary organisations and community groups can get free social media advice next month at Paces Campus in the North of Sheffield.

In association with PACES and Cosy Computers, the GIST Foundation is organising social media practitioners who will listen to what enquirers want or need from using social media internet tools – such as blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Linked-In, etc – and give free advice through further discussion.

Sessions are one-to-one, though others can listen in as appropriate, and usually last between 20 to 45 minutes.

This free event happens Thursday March 18th from 5.00pm – 7.00pm at Paces Campus (Packhorse Lane, High Green) and booking forms are here.

Also, advice sessions in Sheffield Central continue with the next social media surgery taking place on Wednesday March 3rd at the Showroom Cinema’s Cafe Bar from 4.30pm – 6.30pm. Booking forms are here

North West Sheffield News Online will be amongst the pool of advisers attending both events – so hopefully see you there!

Local voluntary and community sector workers are invited to this free social media advice session. You’ll get practical hands-on advice for putting social technology into action for your cause, to help you reach a wider audience and promote the good work you do.

Whether it’s getting started sharing your group’s stories and aims through blogging, forming a community around a Facebook group, or reaching out and engaging new supporters and service users through Twitter, our volunteer advisors will be on-hand with suggestions on how to effectively use social media to promote an important cause.

Who should come?

  • People and organisations who work in or with charity, voluntary, community or neighbourhood groups. Education or local government sector workers are also welcome.
  • You may be responsible for promoting your group or reaching wider audience.
  • You may have responsibility for your marketing or ICT strategy.
  • Or maybe you want to get up to speed on how best to use technology to reach out and engage with your service users and funders.

What happens at the advice sessions?

You get to sit down and talk one-to-one with someone who will listen to what you need and explain things clearly. Individual sessions typically last from 20 to 45 minutes.

  • We’ll cover any specific questions if you have them, or can give you a general introduction.
  • You can look at some of the different free websites and services that you may find helpful, and see what similar groups are doing.
  • Based on what you want to achieve, we’ll advise some steps you can take to get the ball rolling.
  • You may even be able to set up a free website or service there and then.

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