Working with Member Pioneers, improving our search and opportunities with the National Lottery

Posted on 9 December, 2020

This week... 

Our vision 

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 

Read more on our updated About page.

Our trial with Member Pioneers

We're running a trial with 15 Member Pioneers around the country. They’re a key part of our value proposition by being our physical connectors on the ground so we want to learn how a community engages with them. 

How do you contact a Member Pioneer on Co-operate? 

  • For the areas with a Member Pioneer in the trial, the Member Pioneer’s details will appear in the search results on the home page and on Things to do. 

Over the course of the trial we’ll send a weekly survey to understand: 

  • How many people reach out to them via Co-operate  

  • What types of questions are being asked of them 

  • If they find this a useful tool to build connection in their local community and how we can make it better.

Your local Member Pioneer

Since our trial started 2 weeks ago our Member Pioneers have received 30 emails in total. 

Encouraging organisers to claim their group or activity 

We’ve now finished emailing all of our organisers to ask them to create their own Co-operate account. With an account, users will be able to: 

  • manage their activity or group by making changes 

  • create new groups or activities  

  • see how many users have saved their activity or group

Search updates 

We’ve made some updates to our search functionality on Co-operate so that it’s more flexible and people can find what they're interested in more easily. 

  • We moved our search bar to the left hand side on Things to do, this will make it easier to add to in the future. 

  • We added an indicator on Online activities in the search results so that they’re more easily identifiable. 

  • We’re working on some changes to the location search so that boroughs appear in the options as well as towns and cities. We’re also making “online” a location option. 

  • If you’re looking for a specific group or activity you can now search and find it. 

National Lottery  

Over the last few months we’ve been speaking with the national lottery community fund (TNLCF) team. We’ve arrived on 3 areas of opportunity to explore: 

1. Funding  

In 2021 TNLCF are trying out a new funding model of participatory grant making helping to connect communities around local issues that matter and enable communities to decide where funding is needed most. So, we’re exploring the logistics of how Co-operate could be used as an enabler for any communities who want to apply and use the funding.  

2. Data  

With Co-operate's ambition of being the one place to go to make things happen, exploring the longer-term data model around how community insights could inform funders as well as policy makers is an exciting area indeed. TNLCF are interested in seeing how data could be shared publicly so at this stage its an early data discussion in January to explore thinking together.   

3. Joint communications  

TNLCF have funded over 100,000 community projects over the last 10 years, and so they have an active organiser base who could benefit from using Co-operate to promote what they are doing and connect with a new audience in the community Within this there’s opportunities for how we jointly communicate Co-operate to TNLCF audiences and we’re looking at how we agree a clear overarching narrative for how the two organisations are working together.  

More to come on this in 2021 but we’re excited to be speaking with TNLCF and to see where this could go.

The Co-operate team. 

Posted by Robyn Golding on 9 December, 2020

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