Directory

Let communities, clubs, groups, classes and practitioners share information about their own services, support and social events with the help of our directory.

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Timebank

Exchange skills for time credits, and draw on peoples’ individual skills (and needs) without real money changing hands.

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Volunteering

Connect people and businesses looking to volunteer with the groups and organisations in need of their help.

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Conversations and challenges

Generate and develop new ideas to the issues that are important to your community or network, turning the best ideas into project teams.

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Teams

Solve problems and make good things happen together, using collaborations tools such as group chat, task lists, file sharing and more.

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Polls

Let communities or colleagues share their opinions, set their own challenges and vote for their favourite ideas.

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Campaigns

Pool together all of the activities and members interested in supporting a shared goal, irrespective of how they choose to do so.

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Guides

Share the tools, resources and processes you have spent years developing; using the power of your network to spread best practice.

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What area of work do you specialise in?

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What is the potential size of your community?

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How active is your community?

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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 area of interest

Our platform is helping a number of organisations working in health and social care to promote healthier lifestyles and reduce pressure on frontline services. Communities use our platform to share information and start conversations, exchange skills and ideas, access opportunities, support campaigns and collaborate in team spaces

See how others do it: Hexitime, Cornwall Link, Ask Cornwall.

Our platform supports an asset-based approach to community development. Everyday, thousands of people use our platforms to timebank, share information, respond to opportunities, exchange ideas, post challenges, support campaigns and share resources; enabling our clients to foster relationships built on independence and inclusion.

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

Our platform helps communities to be more sustainable and reduce inequalities. Often based on the sharing economy model, organisations use our platform to support their community or professional networks – be it to share education resources and training materials or to facilitate a peer-to-peer exchange of goods and services.

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

Your community size and needs

Our platform is flexible and can support any number of members. With a smaller community, it’s important to understand early on your ambition for growth and what good value looks like to you.

  • Consider the size of your membership. Is it likely to grow? Do you want it to grow?
  • Will our platform address a key challenge for your organisation?

Our platform is flexible and can support any number of members. With a larger community, you may want to think about how you’ll resource your platform and whether a partnership approach might help.

  • Do you have resources to manage your platform?
  • Could you support your platform in partnership with others?

Our platform is flexible and can support any number of members. With a large community, you may want to reflect on what specific objective or profession unites people and whether you have identified a clearly defined goal.

  • Why is it important to address your challenge (and why now?)
  • How do you think our platform will address this challenge?
  • What will be the negative consequences / impacts of doing nothing?

It’s so important to have an engaged and active membership, and so we’d recommend spending some time understanding the needs and interests of your community before jumping into the deep end. Perhaps our service design team could help you sharpen your brief?

  • What are the needs and interests of your community?
  • What are the barriers to engagement? Are they real or perceived?

It’s so important to have an engaged and active membership, and it sounds like your membership may already be sharing information and helping each other in some way. Could a new platform empower your members further towards a shared outcome or purpose? If so, what?

  • What’s motivating your community right now?
  • How might a new platform engage them further?
  • What’s your end goal?

Since your community is already very active, you are no doubt realising the many benefits of a connected network. The key question for you is how can our platform make things even better? Do you want to build on existing efforts or disrupt the status quo?

  • What’s motivating your community right now?
  • How might a new platform engage them further?
  • What’s your end goal?

It’s so important to have an engaged and active membership. We’d recommend spending some time understanding the needs and interests of your community before you do much else. Perhaps our service design team could help you to explore the barriers and opportunities?

  • Who is your community and what are their needs and interests?
  • What are the barriers to engagement? Are they real or perceived?
  • What is the opportunity?

It’s so important to have an engaged and active membership. We’d recommend spending some time understanding the needs and interests of your community before you do much else. Perhaps our service design team could help you to explore the barriers and opportunities?

  • Who is your community and what are their needs and interests?
  • What are the barriers to engagement? Are they real or perceived?
  • What is the opportunity?

Our recommended features

Whether to build a bank of volunteers or facilitate the sharing of tools and resources, our clients create community platforms for different reasons. Success looks different from one community to the next and the needs of communities evolve over time.

Fortunately, each uniquely branded platform can be customized to suit the needs and interests of your community. You can also adapt your platform and add more features as you grow.

Here are the features that are most important to you right now:

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.

    Things for you to consider:
    Whose involved in the purchasing decision?
    Whose budget does this come out of?
    What objections will you encounter and how do you think you can best handle them?

  • You do not have buy-in from stakeholders.
  • You have a budget.
  • You do not have a budget.
  • You might have a budget.

    Things for you to consider:
    Do you have a budget set aside for this platform? If yes, what is it? If no, how will it be funded?
    Is this an important enough priority for your organization to allocate funds to?

  • You are ready to get started.
  • You are not ready to get started.
  • You might be ready to get started.

    Things for you to consider:
    Do you need to address this challenge quickly? What else is a priority for you?
    Are you evaluating other platforms (and which ones)?
    Do you have the capacity to work on this project right now?

  • 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.

    Things for you to consider:
    Do you need new resources or could this support what someone is already doing?
    Who is the gatekeeper to accessing more resources? What do they need to know?
    If you do nothing, will there be any negative consequences / impacts?

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