Thursday, 16 May 2013

Help ShapeYourPlace In And Around Cambridge From This Summer

An award winning website coming to Cambridge this summer is looking for local people who would like to turn their hand at becoming volunteer reporters.

ShapeYourPlace.org is a ground breaking website that gives local people a say about what matters most to them in their local area.

For the first time in the city, residents will have the chance to go online, start debates and campaign, report issues and join in conversations with local public services and each other.

ShapeYourPlace links with the local councils, the Police, the Fire and Rescue Service and many other organisations to ensure when issues are raised an answer can be found.

The site also lets local community groups and organizations share news about their events and activities.

Although anyone can use the site, the project also recruits volunteer community reporters. They can be trained to write about and video community issues, events and the great things going on in their communities.

This is an important part of ensuring the sites reflect the issues which people want to talk, hear and read about.

Sandy Willatt, ShapeYourPlace Project Manager at Cambridgeshire County Council said: "It’s great news that ShapeYourPlace is coming to Cambridge. It can really help communities come alive with its ethos of open democracy. The website has a real track record of helping communities have their say and resolving issues. These include, reducing public drinking, highway problems and helping community groups reach a wider audience."

Andrew Limb, Head of Corporate Strategy at Cambridge City Council said: "The City Council is very pleased to be working in partnership with the Police, Fire Service and County Council on this new site. It's been used in other parts of Cambridgeshire to give community groups and residents a space to promote neighbourhood activities and concerns, and we hope Cambridge residents will find it useful too."

ShapeYourPlace is a partnership approach involving Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge City Council, Police and the Fire Service.

Free training is on offer for anyone wanting to volunteer as a community reporter. Contact Matthew Hall on 01223 699493