We're delighted to announce that Creative England have announced Made Open as one of the most exciting, innovative and disruptive companies in England this year.
Every year Creative England announces the 50 most exciting, innovative and disruptive individuals and companies across England, working in the fields of games, TV, film and digital media. Previous CE50 cohorts have gone on to receive BAFTA nominations, opened international offices, revolutionised the way western products are sold to the Chinese market, and received the prestigious Nora Ephron prize at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Speaking about the announcement, Robert Woolf (Director at Made Open) says, “It feels great to be recognised by Creative England. We’ve spent the last 12 months redeveloping our community platform which has completely pivoted our design business. It’s reassuring to know that people are excited by what we’re doing and can see the potential of our software to strengthen communities”.
Our platform is supporting Hexitime - a national timebank for improving the quality of health and care services across the UK. We're also supporting a community development platform called Torbay Together, which reconnects people amongst the 50+ generation with activities and support in their neighbourhoods.
Reflecting on his experiences of our platform, Simon Sherbersky, Lead Officer for Torbay Community Development Trust says, “The Made Open platform stimulates positive social action in communities and Made Open have been a brilliant partner, working with us at every stage. I cannot recommend their system and organisation enough”.
Other clients utilising our platform include Bristol City Council, Parents 1st, Torbay Community Development Trust, Monmouthshire County Council, The Charity for Civil Servants, the Health Foundation’s Q community and a consortium in Tasmania (Australia).
Closer to home in Cornwall, we are working with Healthwatch Cornwall, Age UK Cornwall and a growing number of partners to explore how our platform can help to address issues affecting local communities such as rural isolation and loneliness.
Kathryn Woolf (Head of Design Services at Made Open) adds, “We're proud to be working with forward thinking organisations who share our belief in using digital to empower communities. From improving the reading skills of 5-7 year olds in Bristol to cooking neighbours hot meals in Torbay, we have reported 100’s of wonderful stories of how people in the community are supporting each other".
The 2019 CE50 was announced at Creative England’s annual flagship event in London. Click here for more information. In addition, we were selected as one of five organisations to feature in The Guardian.
For more information about our community platform, visit: www.madeopen.co.uk/platform.
For enquiries, please contact:
Robert Woolf, Director – 07813 604209
Made Open's first whitelabels are as follows:
- Hexitime - a national skills exchange and timebank for quality improvement.
- Torbay Together – a platform that reconnects the 50+ generation with their neighbourhood.
- The Charity for Civil Servants – a national timebank and team space for the civil servant community.
- Ask Cornwall – a virtual citizens panel that enables citizens to shape healthcare.
- Can Do Bristol – a platform for social action and citywide volunteering.
- Our Monmouthshire – a community exchange and ideas crowdsourcing platform.
- Launceston Together (Tasmania) - a citywide platform to foster community development.
- Parents 1st – an open source platform for early years volunteering and peer support.