If you’re running a project there are loads of great reasons for establishing an online community - generating enthusiasm and a sense of community among volunteers and project-participants, keeping your stakeholders informed, even sharing your successes with the wider world and showing your impact to funders.
But creating your own web community from scratch can end up being time-consuming and possibly expensive... so what can you do if you’ve got minimal budget and resource?
Twitter is a great digital tool for anyone involved in a community project, and used in the right way, could provide you and your work a real boost, whether that’s through publicity, garnering advice or even just as a celebration of your achievements.
So you’re running the event of the year - you’ve got all the event management covered and now you want everyone to know how fantastic the day went. Social media channels like Twitter and Instagram are great for getting attendees to share their own personal experiences of the day but what you really need is one place you can bring it all together.
One of the most important things you can do to get your community group or third sector organisation seen online is to build a website. It may seem like a massive project but BT have come up with a free resource to help you build a website quickly and easily.
Don’t worry if you don’t think you’ve got the skills – anyone can get going using the free templates provided no matter how much (or little) experience you’ve got!