I help out at the monthly Birmingham Social Media Surgery. Someone once asked me why I give up an evening a month to tell Birmingham based voluntary and community organisations/groups how to use social media tools to make things happen.
Various reasons really.
I like helping the voluntary groups. They could be fleeced by someone offering similar training for a large wodge of cash- we offer it for free. I also like that they go away with some thing tangible- usually a blog has been established or a twitter profile created or some thing new has been explored.
I’m also a little bit addicted to the weird alchemy that happens when volunteers are matched with someone needing help. The right people always seem to end up chatting. The conversations are always juicy and the buzz is tangible. Sometimes there’s even a cup of tea. (Everything works a little better with a cup of tea)
I’ve been spreading the word to some local LGBT voluntary groups & charities to see if they’d like to take up the offer of help. I’ve had a couple of interested emails and we’ll see if they come to anything.
(Shamless bit stolen from paradise circus)
When & Where
Next Surgery: Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 drop in anytime between 5.30pm to 7.00pm at Fazeley Studios, 191 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR. It’s opposite the Bond and a gokart track. Push the large pale blue door with the silver door knob.
To sign up, just head over to the BeVocal website and fill in the form so that we know who to expect. There is also some information about other really local surgeries taking place in Birmingham over the next few weeks
More about what goes on at a surgery and how it can help you and your group here.