Voluntary groups get online
Apr 6 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
HUDDERSFIELD is leading the way on helping voluntary groups make the most of the internet.
The town has a growing national reputation for showing how community and voluntary groups can get the most from the internet to help benefit their activities.
It is one of only three areas in the country being studied by the Young Foundation – a centre for social innovation based in London – because of the way local groups are learning how to use free tools like blogs, photo and video sharing and social networking.
This enables people to create and share their own information online and can help community groups to save money and resources.
Groups from across Huddersfield and Kirklees can learn about these free and easy to use tools at regular Social Media Surgeries.
These surgeries are among the first in the country to be set up and held every two months in Cafe Ollo at the Media Centre on Northumberland Street.
Andrew Wilson, one of the volunteers organising the surgery, said: “We welcome people with all levels of web and internet skills.
“They can be from beginners to people with experience who are looking for new ideas or alternatives for their group or organisation.”
People taking part in the surgery get the chance to sit down with someone who understands about websites and can talk about their own organisation and what they do.
They are able to look at examples of free websites and services and see what similar groups are doing.
Participants can choose some services to try out and even set up a website there and then if they would like some help getting started.
The free surgeries are open to community and voluntary groups, clubs, societies, artists, musicians and small arts organisations.
The sessions are also useful for organisations with an existing website that is difficult or expensive to update and may be looking for an easier way to promote their activities or share information online.
They are organised by Huddersfield Social Media, a group of local volunteers who are committed to using media technology to connect people so they can get things done for their community.
The surgeries are supported by the Media Centre and people can drop in any time for advice.
The next Social Media Surgery will be on Monday, May 24, from 4.30pm to 7pm at The Media Centre.
For more information visit www.huddersfieldsocial.org.uk