Week notes 24 April 2020
Posted on 24 April, 2020
Bringing locally relevant groups to every communities – groups updates
Help people find local events
Live activities vs pre-recorded
‘How to’ guides to help communities - stats and new guides
For people that care about their community
Who want to join forces to get things done
Co-operate is a national community centre for co-operation
That connects people in and across communities with one another to make things happen
Unlike a physical community centre restricted by geography and funding, or a community digital platform distracted by monetisation
Our product is created with communities, for communities, and is owned by communities
The lockdown may mean communities cannot come together in person, but our mission - to help people make good things happen in communities - has never been more crucial.
We want to start a new cooperation movement across each community in the UK.
Read more on our updated About page.
We want people to be able to find groups offering support in their area so we have created the Support Groups page.
It’s a quick and easy way for people to find groups close to them that are offering help.
With the help of the Co-op Party, we’ve also gathered a list of all the schemes each Local Authority is running to support people. Local Authorities have a duty of care to help people in need, so we created a simple list of links to the webpages each Local Authority has set up for people to find help:
Help people find local online activities
When searching for activities we still want people to find activities that are local to them, even if they are online, as Co-operate is about helping offline communities go online during this tough time. So we’ve made it so that people can search by typing their town, city, or postcode but the next step is allowing people to choose the distance from the location they have searched, e.g. “Within 25 miles of “Manchester”. This is an important step as it will help us learn what people define as their community. Will people mostly only want to see activities close to their location (within 1 mile) or will they be happy to see activities farther away? This is something we have been wondering for a while so it will be great to get an answer.
Live activities vs pre-recorded
We’re slowing building a library of pre-recorded activities. These do not have a date or time so they can overwhelm out existing time-based activities by being the most prominent when searching. So we’ve started a piece of work to decide how best to handle pre-recorded activities.
Although Co-operate is primarily local we are still getting activities that can be considered national. We don’t want to ignore these as they do bring value so we’re working on a way to show these activities to users without breaking our local feel.
Now Co-operate is more tightly woven with the rest of the Co-op website, we have been asked to make the design feel more like it’s part of the Co-op brand.
We have been exploring four routes, which you can see below. Adam and Nate have given us some feedback, which we’ll be incorporating into two design routes we’ll remotely research next week.
‘How to’ guides to help communities during coronavirus
We’ve been writing ‘How To’ guides to support people during lockdown.
14 guides have been published now
The topics of the guides are based on research and user feedback
We’ve had 5,788 views on articles
The average time on page is 1 minute 33 seconds, which shows a positive long dwell time
Our two most popular articles are ‘How to volunteer safely’ and ‘How to attend online activities’
Hope you have a good week everyone.
The Co-operate team
Posted by Rachael on 24 April, 2020