Stourbridge Social Media Surgery  

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Social Media Surgeries are completely free advice sessions for people from community and voluntary groups, clubs and societies. In Dudley borough they are hosted by a team of social media enthusiasts.

Would you like to know how to use blogs, video clips, photo sharing sites, Facebook, Twitter or other free web tools to help your group? Do you want to use the web to communicate, campaign or collaborate online? We can help you do it easily and for free.

Come and meet people who understand all about social media and how you can get the most out of it. You might have specific questions that you’d like to ask, or you might just like a general introduction to what’s available. You don’t need any previous knowledge to take part, and there won’t be any lectures. We’ll talk to you one-to-one, listen to what you need and explain things clearly. Perhaps when you have learnt something new you can come back and return the favour.

Social Media Surgeries take place every month or so at different locations around Dudley borough.


Help given at Stourbridge Social Media Surgery

  • Becky Pickin helped Jen Coleman to This was great! Becky was brilliant and I hope I didn’t bombard her too much, I had lots of questions. Becky was really helpful and knowledgeable and it was great talking to someone who really understands the struggles a small charity goes through with limited time and lots to do. Becky was clear and listened to everything and gave some helpful advice that I am definitely going to use. It was great, thank you and I would definitely come along to another one if I have any more questions. Recorded on Monday 10 April 2017
  • Eileen Fielding helped Lucinda to open the doors for ways of spreading the word about my project. We talked about things to consider before setting up a blog and benefits of using a blog versus a website and linking in with Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. I will go away and talk to other staff, so they can start transferring stuff from the website and creating a blog. I found it really helpful Recorded on Thursday 30 March 2017
  • Melissa Guest helped Bill Laybourne to Think about how GoodlifeCIC could use Wordpress as a platform for a website and blog. We talked about the difference between posts and pages, how to embed a twitter feed and how to frame content through the stories of the people who Goodlife are supporting through their organisation. Bill and Helen from Goodlife said, "Having a bad website is worse than not having one at all, it's been really helpful to talk about what we need, how we can create a blog and we have now got more confidence to do it ourselves!". Recorded on Monday 18 July 2016
  • Melissa Guest helped Helen garbett to Set up @goodlifecic twitter account to support a new organisations to support people with disabilities and carers to plan for their futures. Talked about how twitter works, how to follow people have conversations and how to use hashtags. Bill said, "We are really excited about the possibilities that this will give us to link people who we are working with and to help us to better connect with people who can help us to grow". Recorded on Monday 18 July 2016
  • Caroline Salter helped MARK EVANS to look at how to set up a Wordpress blog, and also gave me useful tips on tools like Feedly, and looked at DFTRA’s Buffer. We could use Wordpress at Dudley Mind to promote our training. Also we’ve been sharing tips and ideas about contacts (not just social media). Recorded on Monday 18 July 2016
  • Lorna Prescott helped Jane Clarke to create a way of sharing information on furniture and resources available through a network of charitable groups - learned how to do a basic website (in Wordpress) and link Google Drive documents to it. Recorded on Monday 18 July 2016
  • Colette Barker helped Chris Barron to Find out how to pin tweets. Chris said, "It has been my social media surgery as a helper, I have learned by doing things myself and it has been great to share my knowledge, it felt really good to hear everyone's feedback at the end of the session. Looking forward to the next one!!" Recorded on Monday 11 April 2016
  • Chris Barron helped Colette Barker to to get a better understanding of twitter. Colette said, "I have learned so much today, it's fantastic for networking and raising awareness of what Dudley Advocacy does locally, it's been great to learn all about other organisations too." Recorded on Monday 11 April 2016
  • Chris Barron helped Tina Hanson-Jones to to find out about Twitter, how to search, how to follow, how to unfollow, how to retweet and like. What hashtag and @ means and how to use them. How trending work and how to search them and how to copy and paste links. Tina from Black Country Housing said, "I am really excited!! Can't wait to have a play now and look at my followers". Recorded on Monday 11 April 2016
  • Becky Pickin helped harold J walker to The technicalities of the operations of Twitter, the options and likely outcomes, the hashtag and @ aren't gobbledygook now. Recorded on Monday 11 April 2016
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