Connecting Communities - One Map at a Time
Helping to put people and communities first is at the heart of everything we do at aDoddle.org. A couple of weeks ago we announced that we were the successful recipient of the National Lottery’s Local Community Fund in conjunction with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). This grant was to launch 10 new maps across the South West – and we have launched 12.
This grant has brought the total to 60, with more planned as funding becomes available.
(We have identified just over 420 key areas across the UK).
Why community mapping is important.
The past year has been a difficult one that has left many people facing challenges they weren’t prepared for. Many are left feeling isolated and struggling to find the support they need. When searching online there are often too many clicks to get to relevant information and what they do find can be out of date, incorrect or not have a link to help them to access the support. At the same time many charities and organisations are short of vital volunteers and will need support in the coming months, however potential volunteers may struggle to find local opportunities.
Covid-19 is going to leave a ‘Long Shadow’ that will be felt by so many over the coming months and years. Add to that the increased impact of isolation and disconnection as it ripples out into lives in ways that we are not yet aware of.
aDoddle.org is the UK’s first network of connected area-based community maps working to build a ‘People and Communities First’ national resource for use at a local level. The maps are still in their infancy but will be here long after Covid19 and the many emergency directories are gone. Community Mapping is not just for now, during Covid-19, but for the future. It is about making it ‘aDoddle’ to access information and doing it in a way that people can have confidence that it is up-to-date and correct by using our unique ‘Traffic Light System’
All information is added by the charities and organisations themselves.
The maps will:
- Pin-point local charities, community projects/groups & resources
- Connect those who need help to those who provide it
- Help anyone experiencing isolation to find local groups to connect with others
- Signpost people who want to help – to projects that need their support
- Enable charities to highlight their services and volunteering opportunities
- Cleary show the age of information via a unique ‘Traffic Light’ system
- Make it ‘aDoddle’ to find, connect, give, collaborate and support – FREE to use 24/7
Creating a Free Profile for Your Organisation is ‘aDoddle’
YOUR HELP is now needed to raise awareness and encourage charities and organisations to create a free profile. Our research has shown us there are 5 key things people want to know: who they help, how they help, the difference they make, the help they need and how to contact them to either access to help, offer to volunteering or give a donation.
We’ve Won Awards
aDoddle’s community mapping platform was named on the UK’s Digital Leaders 100 list for potential social impact and received a Points of Light Award from the Prime Minister.
Want to Know More?
To help both the public and organisations to discover more about the map and how it really is ‘aDoddle’ for organisations to add their profile we are running a series of free online webinars.
If you have any questions, are interested in having a map for your area or on your website, etc, please ask through our contact form above.
To Wrap Up This Blog
By working together we can ‘Join the dots, encourage collaboration, reduce information poverty and connect communities – one click at a time’.
A Huge Thank you to the National Lottery’s Local Community Fund in conjunction with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for their support.