Craig over at arghbox has written a lovely piece about the value that Raspberry Jams bring to Raspberry Pi owners and the maker community.
The highlight for me is this great description:
Raspberry Jams are therefore an amazing place for beginners to start their journey with the Raspberry Pi. By the end of any workshop, participants, young and old, are guaranteed to learn new skills. Through networking (in the business buzz-word sense, not in the wires, internet and magic sense) like-minded people meet and share ideas. Some walk away with solutions to their problems, many are inspired to try something new and others join forces to collaborate and develop resources that others can use.