Across the UK there are over 150k charities and even more community groups, projects & organisations that provide critical support, places to connect with others & opportunities to volunteer. Yet, believe it or not, there is no central hub that brings this information together. This means that often it’s easier to find a restaurant on Google Maps than it is to find help and support.
The team at If Everyone Cares CIC decided it was time to change this and have been working on creating aDoddle.org & are now working on launching a network of connected area-based community maps.
Creating a national resource that brings together charities & community organisations in one place. Free for organisations to create a profile, giving people easy access to information and tools to connect with vital support & resources locally. aDoddle and Community Maps will:
Connected Area-Based Community Maps are not perfect yet. Their development is a work in progress and their launch has been ‘fast-tracked’ due to Covid-19. They are designed to be improved as we gather & listen to feedback. Our aim is for Community Maps to continually react to user, community and cross county need. Sometimes changes are made instantly, at other times we add them to our goals and cycle of bigger updates.
Disconnected Communities could be costing the UK £32 Billion annually*. At present information is stored in multiple places, in a variety of formats and is often hard to navigate. It is based on things like: local authority areas; specific niches such as homelessness, suicide prevention and isolation; it is rarely connected to other sources and is often out of date, resource heavy to keep relevant & accurate.
*The Cost of Disconnected Communities Report – Eden Project Communities
Bringing information together and making it ‘aDoddle’ to find community-based support, services, tools and resources that may help improve quality of life. Whether that is finding help at a time of crisis (or in time to avoid a crisis), give help through volunteering or locating places to connect with others.
Connected Community Maps are exactly that ‘Connected’ to each other. Maps can be created for any town, area or niche across the UK. When information is added or updated on any map then it is added/updated on all connected maps. This helps to ensure a flow of information and reduces the ‘time & labour’ needed to grow the level of content on maps. Organisations add and update their own profiles, enabling them to be in full control of what they share. Our research has shown that there are 5 key things people want to know quickly and we encourage all profiles to include these by ‘Telling the Story’ of Who they help, how they help, the difference they make, the Help they need and how to contact them – including details of social media pages and a link to a donation page.
The maps have a unique ‘Traffic Light System’, which enables users to instantly see how up-to-date profiles are, giving them confidence that the support/resource/opportunity they have found is still available.
As the network of maps and the number of organisations that add their profiles grows this will start to provide other vital information. Helping to show areas where there is a need for support, where there are services that are excelling and can potentially be replicated in other areas and many other elements of GDPR compliant data that will facilitate stronger more resilient communities. The maps also aim to encourage collaboration between projects and services to increase beneficial social impact.
Working together to forge stronger, more connected & resilient communities
Connecting People & Communities – One Click at a Time.
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