By Jennifer Bowden, Product Manager
Our What’s happening website is now live in Stretford. It helps people find local events and activities that benefit their community.
We’d love you to have a look and let us know what you think. You can leave feedback on the site.
It’s the first digital product we’re trialling as part of Co-operate, an online platform that will help people come together and make things happen in communities. We talked about this at our AGM back in May.
It’s also another way we’re helping to build stronger communities and sits alongside our community plan where we recently launched our spaces campaign.
Starting small in Stretford
Right now weʼre trialling this early version in Stretford so that we can learn and test what works before we move into other areas.
It’s important we don’t assume what communities across the UK need, so we’re building What’s happening co-operatively, working hand in hand with the people of Stretford.
For the last six months we’ve been doing lots of research on what stops people in communities from coming together and making good things happen where they live.
We know from talking to volunteers, organisers, local causes and social entrepreneurs that there’s no shortage of people who want to get involved or help, they just don’t know how.
We believe What’s happening is an easy way for people to come together, get involved and start co-operating in their community.
Events and activities are hard to find
We’ve learnt that it’s not easy to find events and activities right on your doorstep. They’re normally on community notice boards that are often out of date or scattered across different websites and Facebook pages people don’t know exist.
We think by bringing them together in one place we’ll make it easier for people to come together to do something they enjoy that also makes a difference to their local area.
By going along to events where they live people can support the many local groups who do all they can to make their communities better for everyone.
This is the start
We’ve already got some great feedback from the people of Stretford to help us learn and we’re making changes based on what they’re telling us, including where our next trial location should be.
Check out What’s happening at coop.co.uk/co-operate and let us know what you think.