Earlier this year I wrote about a workshop on digital engagement for community councillors hosted by Peter Cruickshank and Dr Bruce Ryan, both of whom are my colleagues in the Centre for Social Informatics. This first event at Edinburgh Napier University was a great success, as can be seen in the blogged review of the day and the outcomes report.
Following on from this, we are running another four such events in other locations this autumn in: South Ayrshire (9th October); Moray (30th October); Angus (13th November); and the Borders (20th November).
The main theme of the workshops is the use of the Internet for digital engagement. The sessions will include delegate discussions on the challenges of engaging local communities, and means of addressing these. There will also be opportunities for relationship building with the view to the future sharing of resources and expertise. In addition there will be a number of invited talks by representatives from: (1) the Scottish Government on community empowerment; (2) the Improvement Service on digital resources for community councillors; and (3) the Chewin’ the fat Facebook group on using a Facebook group as an online forum for community councillors.
Thanks to sponsorship and support offered by the Scottish Government and the Improvement Service, these workshops are offered free of charge. If you would like to attend, please book your place by clicking on one of the links below.
Orchardbank Business Park
Newtown St Boswells