Social media surgeries are volunteer led, community based and free to attend sessions for citizens, local voluntary or community organisations, local charities, clubs or societies to learn about using social media. Edinburgh’s social media surgeries are being organised via the Social Media Surgery Plus website, a UK wide resource for communities holding social media surgeries. If you register with the website you can sign up to attend surgeries as a ‘surgeon’- someone giving advice- or as a ‘patient’- someone looking for advice.
Going along to surgeries to offer help is a great way to meet other digitally interested people in public services, freelancers and just random folk in the community. It’s also a good way to flex that digital muscle that, most likely, you don’t get to at work. You don’t need to be a dab hand at every social media platform under the sun to offer help- at every event there will be a greeter who will match patients with surgeons as appropriate. If you’re not in Edinburgh but would like to attend a local surgery just search the Social Media Surgery Plus website for your area. If there’s nothing going on then you can use the site to begin organising your own surgeries.
The next Edinburgh social media surgery is Monday January 21st from 5:30pm-7:30pm at McDonald Road Library. Register with Social Media Surgery Plus to register for the session or use the contact form on the Edinburgh social media surgery page to contact James Coltham (@prettysimple) who administers the page if you have any questions.