Free digital skills training for over 50s

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News from Voluntary Arts Scotland

A new project coordinated by Voluntary Arts Scotland is offering anyone aged 50+ who helps run creative cultural activity a chance to access free training in digital skills.

Basic digital skills could be anything from establishing a Facebook page for your group or designing an eye-catching poster for an event, to using mobile technology to reach new members.

The project, titled ‘Putting the social into social media’ is being funded by the Scottish Government as part of its wider Digital Scotland programme, delivered through SCVO’s Digital Participation Charter Fund. Voluntary Arts Scotland hope the training will provide participants with new skills that can help their creative group/project flourish.

Voluntary-led creative activity comes in many forms, from community festivals, amateur dramatics companies and choirs to knitting groups and photography clubs, to name but a few. The internet, and other new technologies, can help groups grow and flourish in a variety of ways, offering new ways to communicate, secure funding and reach new members, audiences and volunteers.

Many people aged 50+ are digital experts in the voluntary-led creative sector, from helping to run groups to providing organisational support. However, research suggests that some people in this same age-group would benefit from increased knowledge of digital skills to help them in these tasks.

So if you’re over 50, actively involved in a creative group and/or project, and feel you could benefit from training in social media and other digital skills, Voluntary Arts Scotland would love to hear from you.

To register for this opportunity and help them identify where in Scotland the demand for this training is and what digital skills you would like to learn, please fill in the short expression of interest form at If you would prefer to fill in the form over the phone, please contact Cassandra, Voluntary Arts Scotland Development Officer, on 0131 561 7333

Please submit your expression of interest before 7 August 2017.

Voluntary Arts Scotland will get back in touch after 7 August to discuss when and where the training will take place, and hope that you can join them!