‘Place makers’ are those working to bring a local community together

Do you want to create a greater sense of local community where you live or work?

Do you know there are local people who are not aware of all the opportunities to become involved in your community?

Are you well connected with local groups, clubs, small charities and community businesses? If so, you can help them to work together to represent themselves and your local community online, and reach a wider local audience by working together.

You might work for a Council for Voluntary Service, or a local Borough, District or Parish Council, or you might represent a local Residents’ Association. You might even be a passionate, enthusiastic local resident or business owner. Whichever it is, you care deeply about your local community.

You know that the backbone of your local community is the organisations that bring people together. Clubs and societies, voluntary groups, places of worship, local charities, and those who provide activities such as yoga and fitness classes, dancing classes and kids’ clubs.

But you know that many of these organisations find it hard to communicate with a local audience. They don’t always have the skills, confidence and time to get their message across online, and they feel they are alone and unsupported to promote themselves.

You also know that if local citizens are more informed about opportunities to become involved, they are more likely to connect with others, and you will reduce social isolation, loneliness, and the health problems that result.

You might have noticed that social media – particularly Facebook – has become the digital ‘placemaker’, often reaching a huge local audience (especially where there are successful local Facebook Groups). But you’re probably sceptical about embracing Facebook as the ‘placemaker’ for your community.

Our community websites offer:

A “one-stop shop” for your community information online

  • A way of pulling together online information about your place, onto a single community website
  • A community events calendar as part of the community website
  • A community noticeboard as part of the community website
  • A way of importing content (such as events) automatically from third party online sources eg Eventbrite, Facebook, ensuring greater completeness of community information
  • A website which is easily findable by Google

A community weekly email newsletter, requiring no effort

  • A weekly email newsletter, send automatically by our system to subscribers, containing the next 2-3 weeks of community events from the calendar, plus the latest postings from the noticeboard
  • Full automation, meaning that no extra effort is required

A way of making the most of social media for your community without being its slave

  • A community information platform which isn’t reliant on Facebook
  • A stream of community content, all of which is shareable on Facebook (including in existing local Facebook Groups), to make the most of the large Facebook audience
  • A “safe” solution for community groups which want to get their content posted on Facebook, but do not want to maintain their own Facebook presence

A free web tool for community groups that ensures they post to the community website regularly

  • A web tool that’s free for community and voluntary groups to use, which helps them with emailing, web publishing and social media, all in one place, and makes their lives easier
  • Reminder emails to all groups about the weekly community email, to encourage them to post their latest updates
  • More content for your community website, because groups are using the web tool regularly for their day-to-day communications (such as email)

See Community Examples

How is it funded?

We aim to keep our service entirely free for local community and voluntary groups. To keep it free, we attract a community sponsor who sponsors the community website and weekly community email.

We also encourage community-based businesses to join for a small membership fee so that they can post their events and activities to the website and weekly email too, making these even more useful for local citizens.

What’s next?

When you’re ready, get in touch using the form below.

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Is Facebook defining your local community?

6th June 2018

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Solving the community information problem – Part 2

5th June 2018

Following on from my last post about the community information problem, I’m going to pose the thorny question of who should manage or curate community information. This post was sparked by a discussion I led at Smart London Camp 2018 – an event run at City Hall in London by the… Read more

Solving the community information problem – Part 1

5th June 2018

This is Part 1 of a 3-part series of blogs on the “community information problem”. I often speak about the “community information problem”. But it’s not something that I hear many people talking about! It’s a hidden problem. Everyone assumes that there isn’t a problem. After all, the internet should… Read more