Communicate with your team

Google Apps


With Google Apps, you can access your emails, calendar and documents from anywhere as long as there’s an internet connection. You can also use Google forms for surveys, Google chat for instant messaging and Google Hangouts for video conferencing.

Everyone is feeling the pinch at the moment and Blackpool Wyre & Fylde Council for Voluntary Service is no different. Project Manager Kim Wood decided to see what he could do to make savings and started to research tools that might help. He came across Google apps which had made a real impact on the way he and his team work.



A free mobile messenger app which allows you to exchange messages without paying for SMS.



Facebook is a hugely popular free social networking site that that enables registered users to create profiles, send and receive messa

Community Social and Economic Development Worker Louise Barbé has been part of the team at West Harton Churches Action Station for just over two years. As a ‘late starter’ with technology herself, she knows just how frustrating learning to use a computers and the internet can be. It’s her job to make things as easy as possible for the learners of West Harton!

Google+ Hangouts

A video conferencing app from Google as part of the Google Apps family. Catch up face-to-face and host virtual meetings from your desk.
Rahima Begum, Community Regeneration Officer for Southern Housing Group, talks about how Google+ Hangouts have been helpful for communicating with both staff and volunteers.



Project management software to get your work organized and boost your team’s productivity and collaboration effectively.


Batchgeo loves maps, and believes they should be easy to make. It's the fastest way to create Google maps from your data. It accepts addresses, towns, cities, regions, and post codes. Batchgeo does the hard work of figuring out where all your data lives in the real world.

Rahima Begum, Community Regeneration Officer for Southern Housing Group, talks about how she uses Batchgeo to make her life easier.

Microsoft OneDrive

OneDrive is a cloud storage facility, similar to Dropbox, iCloud, etc. letting you store files that can be accessed from any computer in the world with internet connection.
Cloud computing with SkyDrive
Elizabeth Richmond of Oasis Training in Plymouth discusses how she has encouraged her clients to use SkyDrive to store, access and send their CVs, as well as other documents, safely and effectively.


A free and easy way to schedule meetings, invite attendees and co-ordinate diaries.
Online Centres Foundation’s Funding and Partnerships Manager Ben Brown tracks down all sorts of interesting organisations and pots of funding. He often found co-ordinating meetings and other people's diaries tricky, but with the help of Doodle it’s now a doddle!



An amazing team collaboration tool that is essentially searchable, channel-based chat, but done really, REALLY well!


Dropbox is a free service that lets you keep your photos, documents, and videos in a safe place so you can access them anywhere using the internet, and share them easily.
Graham Crerar, Chair of Barkston Ash Beekeepers Association talks about how Dropbox made life easier for the association when it came to sharing files.



The original free instant messaging, video conferencing and internet phone tool, usable on desktop computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets.


Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting. Simply find the ones you find most compelling and follow the conversations.

Nicola Wallace-Dean is the centre manager for Starting Point in Stockport and found using Twitter an excellent way of recruiting and communicating with volunteers.


MailChimp helps you design email newsletters, share them on social networks, integrate with services you already use, and track your results.
Sue tells us how MailChimp makes creating and sending e-newsletters, and managing contacts a breeze.


If you have ever wanted to show a colleague in another organisation something on your computer screen or help a friend with a technical question then this is the screen sharing tool for you.

Mad Mimi


Simple email software for small organisations and clubs.



Share, collaborate, & communicate online. Organize your day to day work, project manage, information, people and files securely.



Create awesome jaw dropping presentations with a tool that's really simple to set up and use.



This tool is a great website to search out inspiring and informative presentations and documents. Browse content uploaded by others or upload your own files to your free Slideshare account for others to view.



Mindjet is collaborative work management software for brainstorming ideas, organising information and managing projects and tasks

Rahima Begum, Community Regeneration Officer for Southern Housing Group, discusses how she uses Mindjet to help brainstorm, plan and track ideas and meetings, as well as collaborating in The Cloud.



A collaboration tool for community groups, with email groups, document storage, website, wiki pages and more.

We Transfer

A file transfer site that lets you send large files (up to 2BG) to friends or colleagues, quickly, VERY easily, and for free!



Yammer brings the power of social networking to your company. Yammer is as easy to use as great consumer software like Facebook and Twitter, but is designed for company collaboration, file sharing, knowledge exchange and team efficiency.

Rachel Verney, Manager of Central Services, talks about how she has used Yammer as a tool for the Kingston CAB’s Pro Bono legal advice project.

Message Hero


Send and receive group SMS text messages instantly to your customers, members and staff.

Google Drive


Google Drive allows you to store documents safely, access them from anywhere you have access to a browser and the internet, and collaborate on documents in real-time with other people

Southern Housing Group
Anthony Snead, Digital Champion for Southern Housing Group, talks about how Southern Housing Group uses Google Drive to store and share documents quickly and securely.

Team viewer


Use TeamViewer for online team meetings and presentations.