One of our FaithAction members launched a new initiative today, and I wanted to take some time to explain it and why it’s exciting!
Community Resources, based in East London, founded the CommunityConnect initiative – developed to tackle the lack of connection between organisations that service the most vulnerable and poor people in their local borough. Whilst there was some excellent provision for disadvantaged people in the borough, organisations were finding it very difficult to know what was available and often missed opportunities to refer people onto services.
Because of this, CommunityConnect has today launched BanD Together – a specific version for their local borough of Barking and Dagenham. This programme has the potential to transform the way that individuals and organisations look for and access services locally. So, why not have a look at http://bandtogether.co.uk/?
This is exciting for a number of reasons. Firstly, I have spent considerable time in front of a computer trying to find the right service for someone who is hurting from the local community. Often, the information is out of date, the phone lines don’t work, or the e-mail inbox is full. This service means that information is up-to-date and in one place – no need to look around. Secondly, this simple innovation displays the thought and ideas that exist in the faith-based and community sector. By harnessing ideas and building partnerships, local communities can be transformed.
This is only one example of the innovative ideas that faith-based and community organisations are developing across the country. If you want to send us your idea, get in touch by contacting [email protected]
CommunityConnect was developed to tackle the lack of connection between organisations serving the most vulnerable and poor people in Barking & Dagenham. Whilst there is some excellent provision for disadvantaged people in the borough, organizations were finding it very difficult to know what was available and often missed opportunities to refer people onto additional services.