Community platform

Activate your community or network with our unique social platform.

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Design services

Let our design team engage your communities and create better experiences.

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Browse our tools and resources to help you engage and build a better community.

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Helping communities like yours...  

Community directory

Let communities and practitioners find, add and manage information about services, events and community activities.

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Looking for a coffee morning in Livermead

The Made Open platform can facilitate the types of community resilience and self-dependence that we require by enabling people to participate in a range of community groups, clubs, volunteering opportunities and so forth.

Scott Bennett, Partner, Veor Surgery, Camborne


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Timebank

Exchange skills for time credits, and let the strengths or needs of individuals be expressed, with the help of our world-class timebanking platform.

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Timebank

We work in a strengths-based way where we focus on what communities have to offer rather than focusing on their problems or needs. Timebanking is a great way to support older people with a range of health and care needs by incentivising those who can help them with time credits.

Simon Sherbersky, Lead Officer, Torbay Community Development Trust


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Volunteering

Connect people and businesses looking to volunteer with the groups and organisations in need of their help, recording the impact of each volunteer along the way.

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Made Open volunteering

52% of our citizens help out in their community at least 3 times a year. Can Do Bristol is a digital platform designed purely for communities to help themselves and to connect people and businesses looking to help.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol


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Gather ideas

Generate, develop and communicate new ideas to the issues that are important to your community or network, fast-tracking the best ideas with project teams.

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Made Open platform gather community ideas

Sometimes communities can fix things themselves. Sometimes the system can enable them to fix it. The Made Open platform lets us share information, ideas and responsibility.

Amanda Stratford, CEO, Healthwatch Cornwall


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Project teams

Enable public or private project teams to solve problems by using collaboration tools such as group chat, task lists, file sharing, Survey Monkey and Trello boards.

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Made Open platform project teams

The Made Open platform lets us build collaborative arrangements for the co-design and co-delivery of solutions to key community issues - helping communities to become agents of their own change.

Owen Tilbury, Director, BOFA Ltd


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Polls

Let members share their opinions, set their own questions and vote for their favourite ideas - via single choice, multiple choice or ranking-based polls.

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Made Open platform poll functionality

The polls function helps us pursue our vision for an engaged and motivated Launceston community playing an active part in making Greater Launceston one of the great regional cities of the world.

Owen Tilbury, Director, BOFA Ltd


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Campaigns

Pool together all of the activities and members that have an interest in supporting a particular campaign, irrespective of how they choose to do so.

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Made Open platform campaigns feature

Hexitime (Made Open platform) has the potential to channel the Black Country STP’s improvement activity and the campaigns feature can really mobilise our workforce in a radically different way.

Richard Beeken, CEO Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust and Black Country STP


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Guides

Share your resources, knowledge and spread best practice; whilst using the power of your community or network to develop knowledge further.

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Made Open platform guides

We want perinatal peer support to flourish and the awesome Made Open platform is helping us to make that happen.

Celia Suppiah, CEO, Parents 1st


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How it works

Each uniquely branded platform can be customised to suit the needs of your community or network. Mix and match however you like.

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Some of our platform clients include:

Design services

We use design to nurture supportive communities and deliver great online experiences. Our team can help you engage audiences, understand their needs and co-design solutions to challenges they face.

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Our communities are making a difference.


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    registered members
  • 591

    volunteer pledges
  • 503

    community listings
  • 14248

    credits earnt from timebanking
  • 90

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B-Corp

As a Certified B Corporation®, we are a for-profit company that uses the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

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Creative England 50

We are a Creative England Top 50 (2019) - considered one of the 50 most exciting, innovative and disruptive companies across England.

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G-Cloud supplier

We are a G-Cloud 11 approved supplier – making it easier for public-sector bodies to procure our SAAS (software-as-a-service) platform.

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What type of community are you looking to support?

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What is the potential size of your community?

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How active is your community or network?

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How ready are you?


Do you have buy-in from key stakeholders?

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Are you ready to get started?

Do you have resources to manage a platform?

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Based on your answers, we think you are...

56% ready

for a Made Open platform.

If you are looking to unlock the potential of your community or network, we can help get this figure closer to 100%.

Your community type

Our platform is perfect for your community of place. We already support communities in towns, cities and regions across England, Wales and Australia. Few other platforms, if any, help people connect and exchange information, skills and resources as effectively as ours.

See how others do it: Torbay Together, Can Do Bristol, Our Monmouthshire.

Our platform is ideal for your community of practice. We already help a number of community and professional networks to engage staff, customers or associates around a specific objective or profession; helping them to connect and exchange skills, knowledge and resources.

See how others do it: Hexitime, Parents 1st, CS Together.

Our platform is perfectly suited to your community of purpose. We already help connected organisations to align their assets and resources around a clearly defined goal; providing a licensing model that lets partners jointly manage the platform to ensure it’s sustainable.

See how others do it: Launceston Together, Ask Cornwall, Hexitime.

Our platform can support a variety of communities or networks where there is a need for people to share information, ideas, skills, resources, projects and opportunities with each other. Made Open is completely flexible to suit the needs of your community.

See how others do it: Launceston Together, Ask Cornwall, Hexitime.

Your community size and needs

Our platform can support communities of any number but, as a community of potentially less than 500 members, you may want to reflect on whether investing in a bespoke platform will deliver enough value.

As a community of potentially up to 5,000 members, you may want to reflect on how best to activate your membership and derive value from a new platform. A partnership approach might help?

As a community of potentially 5,000+ members, you may want to reflect on whether your platform could be supported by other partners to share costs and aide growth.

However, since your community or network is fairly inactive, we recommend spending some time understanding the needs and interests of your audience before licensing a new platform. Through user research, our service design team could help you explore how to build an active community.

Since your community or network is moderately active, we recognise that members may already be sharing information and helping each other in some way. We recommend reflecting on how your new platform could empower your members further towards a shared outcome or purpose.

Since your community or network is already very active, you are possibly already realising the benefits of a connected network. Our platform can extend the reach and help members transfer ideas, information and knowledge further.

However, since this is a new community, we recommend spending some time understanding the needs and interests of your audience before licensing a new platform. Through user research, our service design team could help you explore how to build an active community.

However, since you’re unsure whether your community or network is active, we recommend spending some time understanding the needs and interests of your audience before licensing a new platform. Our service design team can help you think about the best ways to do this.

Our recommended features

Based on your answers, we recommend these features:

Directory ✔   Learn more
Timebank ✔  Learn more
Volunteers ✔  Learn more
Ideas ✔  Learn more
Teams ✔  Learn more
Polls ✔  Learn more
Campaigns ✔  Learn more
Guides ✔  Learn more

Like you, many of our clients start with just a few features. That’s fine by us. You can add in other features as and when you and your community are ready.

Our community platform can support the range of features you have selected – helping your community connect and exchange in all the ways you have envisaged.

You have indicated the following:

  • You have buy-in from stakeholders.
  • You might buy-in from stakeholders.
  • You do not have buy-in from stakeholders.
  • You have a budget.
  • You do not have a budget.
  • You might have a budget.
  • You are ready to get started.
  • You are not ready to get started.
  • You might be ready to get started.
  • You have the resources to manage a platform.
  • You do not have the resources to manage a platform.
  • You might have the resources to manage a platform.

Whatever your level of readiness, we’re more than happy to help you explore next steps for building a community platform.

Thank you for completing this survey and we hope it was useful. We will be in touch to see if we can help further.

Let's build a better community.

Regards, The Made Open team