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A digital strategy for Cambridgeshire’s voluntary sector?

by on 14 November 2012

Summary

On the links between Cambridgeshire’s public sector and community organisations

This post stems from the Cambridge Council for Voluntary Services AGM that a number of people from the southern local councils attended on 13 November 2012. Antony’s write up of that gathering can be found here.

Social and digital media provide huge opportunities for citizens to find out about what is going on, and to take part. In what will be the final gathering of the year on 29 November, this coming Teacambs will explore the possibilities of a grassroots-led digital strategy to see if what the public sector and community organisations do using social media can somehow be co-ordinated. This is not just about public-to-voluntary sector broadcasting, but rather seeing if volunteers and activists across a number of community organisations can use social media to begin continuous engagement with each other and the wider community.

The main portal for community groups and courses for Cambridgeshire is Cambridgeshire.Net, which has Cambridgeshire County Council behind it. This gives you a feel for just how many community groups are out there. Is there something that we can all do to help all of these groups and organisations to link up and reach out beyond their existing reaches so as to make the positive impact of our community groups greater than the sum of their parts? To what extent can social media help? To what extent does it require planned & co-ordinated offline face-to-face working as well?

It’s all up for discussion.

Teacambs – 29 November 2012, 3rd Floor Cafe of John Lewis, Grand Arcade, Cambridge CB2 3BJ. All welcome.

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