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About aDoddle

Introduction

In a world filled with challenges and uncertainties, the power of connected communities cannot be underestimated. At aDoddle.org, we are on a mission to bridge the gap between individuals and the vital local support, opportunities, and resources they need.

The Power of Connected Communities 

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 developing aDoddle.org. They have now launched the UK’s first network of  connected area-based community maps to create

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:

  • Pin-point local charities, community projects/groups & resources  
  • Connect those who need help to those who provide it
  • Clearly show when a profile was last updated through their unique ‘Traffic Light’ system
  • Help anyone experiencing isolation to find local groups so they can connect with others
  • Signpost people who want to help – to projects that need their support
  • Facilitate stronger, more resilient communities
  • Make it ‘aDoddle’ to find, connect, give, collaborate and support – FREE to use 24/7

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.

A brief history of aDoddle