Guardian Article: The role of social media in community building and development

There is a growing movement of local community websites like ours across the UK, in a Guardian article published today journalist Rosie Niven reports on an event that explored how online activity can support neighbourhood co-operation and social action.

You can read Rosie's article in full on the Guardian website.

This website is directly part of the emerging network of local online sites. It was set up as an experiment in connecting the lively community spirit of Bowes Park and Bounds Green into an online community where local people can connect with their friends and neighbours, to engage in discussions find out about local events, take action together on the local issues that concern us all... and have fun!

The article also includes information from Hugh Flouch of Networked Neighbourhoods who, along with his colleague Kevin Harris, has supported the development of our site.

NetworkedNeighbourhoods reseach found that: 42% of respondents say they have met someone in their neighbourhood as a direct consequence of using a local website. Three quarters of respondents felt that participation on the local site had a positive effect on whether or not people pull together to make improvements to their area, while 69% felt that participation on the local site had strengthened their sense of belonging.

What is your experience of  using a local website? If you are interested in the use and development of online services locally - you might consider joining the new steering group for the Bowes and Bounds website.

Read the article in full on the Guardian website.

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