The Google Digital Garage bus came to Yarm on 25th June 2019 as part of its tour of the North East from the base in Sunderland. The Sunderland Digital Garage is part of a partnership between Google and the Good Things Foundation, a social change charity that works to bring digital skills to local communities.
As well as offering social media mentoring and web design, greentreeonline is a 2019 Future Digital Inclusion partner for the Good Things Foundation, with a rural specialism. We’re delivering basic computer skills sessions in locations across North Yorkshire and the Tees Valley including Thirsk (in partnership with Thirsk Community Library and Thirsk Clock), Loftus, Hurworth-on-Tees, and Yarm. That connection is how the Google partnership came to be!
Computer skills, social media and web design
As a social enterprise, our business model is based around offering low cost or funded consultancy – mostly in the form of one to one mentoring – to those who would otherwise be priced out of the commercial market. We also provide social media, SEO and web writing expertise to larger SMEs to help fund our work in the community and give social value back to the region.
That’s why when the opportunity came up to work with Google Digital Garage we jumped at the chance. Our goals are the same, of widening access to digital skills – whether that’s helping people to start out using computers and the internet, or bringing social media skillsand affordable web design to micro businesses and charities in our region.
Social media training in Yarm
As a follow up to the learning from Google, to give your Instagram or Facebook a further boost or for one to one support greentreeonline is running a Digital Marketing Day at the Pop Up Shop in Yarm on 15th July. The day is ‘pay as you feel’ – so price isn’t a barrier. Come along to improve your social media skills to help your business or organisation survive and thrive in the digital world.
For anyone who didn’t get the chance to jump on board the Google bus this week, the slides below are Victoria’s notes from the social media strategy session (by far the most popular presentation on the day!). These will give you a taster, but you’ll find more online courses and support at Google’s training website g.co/digitalgarage, or you can catch the bus again in our borough at Stockton Central Library on 3rd July. We’re also looking at the possibility of bringing the bus back to Yarm later this year.
If you’re writing your social media strategy this week, let us know how you get on and if you apply some of the learning from the session.