Digital Engagement for Community Councils - Invitation to attend workshops

illustration of digital engagementCommunity Councillors are invited to attend a workshop on Digital Engagement for Community Councils. The aim of the workshop is to:


Hear directly from you about problems you have with engaging with local community members via the internet.

Share experiences and solutions to such problems

Build relationships between members, to create a pool of digital engagement expertise and resources for CCs across Scotland.


Please bring your ideas and experiences to make these events a success! Please note they will not be training sessions.


9 October 2015

South Ayrshire Council

County Buildings, Wellington Square, Ayr, KA7 1DR



30 October 2015

The Moray Council

Gallery, Elgin library, Cooper Park, Elgin, Moray, IV30 1HS



13 November 2015

Angus Council

Angus House, Orchardbank Business Park, Forfar, DD8 1AX



20 November 2015

Scottish Borders Council

Council Chamber, Bowden Road, Newtown St Boswells, TD6 0SA



These events are funded by the Scottish Government as part of the work to enhance the role of community councils in collaboration with COSLA and the Improvement Service. The workshops are organised by Peter Cruickshank and Bruce Ryan of Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Social Informatics, and will be led by Bruce Ryan. They will be similar to a highly successful workshop held in January 2015 funded and hosted by Edinburgh Napier University – see below for information about that event. We are grateful to Angus, Moray, Scottish Borders and South Ayrshire Councils, and the Scottish Borders CC network, for hosting these events.


The format of each workshop will be as follows. (Timings and format may vary slightly.)


09:45 - Registration

10:15 - Introduction

10:30 - Presentation by Scottish Government

10:45 - Facilitated small group session 1: What are the major problems around CC digital engagement?

11:45 - Break

12:00 - Guest speaker 1

12:15 - Facilitated small group session 2: How can CCs best use the internet?

13:15 - Lunch

14:00 - Guest speaker 2

14:15 - Facilitated small group session 3: (Topics raised by delegates)

15:00 - Break

15:15 - All-delegate discussion

15:45 - Wrap-up


Guest speakers and all-delegate discussions will be recorded to maximise the learning from these workshops. However, the small group discussions will not be recorded.


To book a place at a workshop in your area, please follow the appropriate link above.


But HURRY – there are limited places at each workshop. To maximise coverage, we can only have one delegate per CC.


Lunch will be provided (please include dietary requirements when booking) but we cannot cover travel or other expenses.


The day will be lead by Bruce Ryan and Peter Cruickshank, Centre for Social Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University


January 2015 digital engagement workshop information:


Blog post: http://bruceryan.info/2015/02/04/digital-engagement-workshop-for-community-councillors-30-january-2015/

Audio and video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj0N2FYL2Ljb4oS49pyyqHQ

Outcomes report: https://brucemartinryan.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/digicc-day-outcomes-report.pdf

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