Thanks Noel - I learn so much quicker by visiting someone, seeing the "case study" in action and thinking how I can apply it rather than just reading it in a book. Have run this sort of scheme for voluntary sector organisions with good feedback all round.
Stuart / Phil - Yes - The key to this is user generated and peer reviewed content. Big Society (and Big Org) can be seen as top down with ideas and toolkits being developed by a few for all. Whilst this *can* work if the material is right and *does* need a national body to disseminate what is better are resources developed by local community organisations and shared for all to access, download and commnet on if they find them useful. The "national org" or the single portal then becomes just the vehicle for serving the content not the reason to exisit itself.
I so often hear from our network of CVS' comments about "why are they doing that" or "didn't they know we ran a service like that".
What I envisage here is a some form of local reference point or service that has already mapped locality activity and service provision.
Informed choices can then be made by both residents and providers about locating access to the service or viability of setting up something similar.
Noel - that is so true, many networks and providers are hidden, this could be because they are comfortable with their audience ... but could mean are not taking advantage of marketing themselves - maybe through use of social media.
Annemarie - also interested in what Your Sq Mile will bring, if there is going to be a community mapping excersize for every "square mile" then we absolutely don't want to duplicate (would make this post a little daft!)
Patrick - totally! If we all know what the local conversation in Doncaster, Dudley or Dunster are then there is more chance of not duplicating effort
We aren't starting from scratch, I know many CVS' have a good handle on their local community networks and Community Development Workers at a more local level too. I know the work of the Total Place Pilots and the establishment of LSPs join up some of the plans and networks. This needs to be built upon.
A subtitle to this post probably should be "trust other community organisations!", for our society to work well when funding is decreasing we need to be prepared to know who else is out there, share ideas and resources .. ultimately the beneficaries are communities not us who support them.
Fairly easy to set up but generate so much buzz in a community. The social media surgeries website makes organising simple. Alway happy to share the little I know about social media with others