…Work Together

We’re Here To… find new ways for people do the things that matter to them in Islington. And we need your help!

Over the next few years we’ll be running a project to help people do more in Islington.  Whether it’s meeting your personal goals, or doing something cool in your area, we’ll be making a website and doing lots of stuff In Real Life to get more people doing things that help themselves and their communities.

If you’re from a voluntary organisation that knows what motivates people to get stuck in and help out, if you live in Islington and you want to do something a bit different, or if you know about the difficulties of getting people involved and active, we really want to work with you.

On Tuesday 17 July we’d love you to come along to a workshop for Islington organisations and local people.  We want you to share your ideas and opinions to help us build something amazing.

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We are a non-profit joint venture between Isledon Partnership and FutureGov.

Here To is a bold new project that lets people in Islington meet their goals while doing good in their local area at the same time.

A revolutionary move away from ‘volunteering’, Here To is about finding out what motivates people, what they want to achieve in life, and matching them up with ways to achieve this that just so happen to be helping their community.

Brought to you by Islington Council, the three year project is being done by Isledon Partnership (http://www.isledon.co.uk/) and FutureGov (http://wearefuturegov.com).  Isledon knows Islington inside out, and is great at getting people fired up and ready for action.  FutureGov are a bunch of tech geeks who know how to make great online tools.

We will build a web tool to help people find ways of doing all sorts of amazing things that help them meet their goals.  This could be things like exercising more, meeting more people, learning a skill, being more sociable, getting work experience, and much more.  The amazing part is that we will match people with things that will also make a big difference to life in Islington.  It could be a community group that needs some help, a small charity that could do with borrowing someone’s brain, or just a bunch of neighbours who want to fix something – anything goes.

We know you can’t just build a website and expect it to be an instant success, so at the same time as doing the web tool, we will be working hard to get people to tell us what their goals are, and to find awesome things for them to do.  We’ll be talking to local organisations, knocking on doors, and we may even make some slightly bonkers appearances at events and public places.  We think the people of Islington can help spread the word too, and that word of mouth is one of the best ways to shout about this fantastic project.

Currently online at http://islington.hereto.com the first job of the project team is to speak to anyone and everyone in Islington who wants to have their say on how things should be developed.  We want to make something delightful that people really want to use and since we’re not mind readers we need to hear people’s views.  Every part of the project is up for discussion – we’re not even wedded to the name ‘Here To’ and are treating it as a bit of a working title – have you got any better suggestions?

Not only are we mad about hearing from people, we want to walk our talk and work with anyone whose goals we can help meet.  Right now we’re on the hunt for people who are looking to meet more people and practice teaching others about a topic (e.g. gardening, cooking).  If this sounds like you, we’d love you to be one of our Gurus.  A Guru will work with us to get more people involved and to help people get excited about meeting their goals.

You can follow progress on Twitter @heretoislington and get in touch with Jen or Tom from the project team at Jenny.Lowthrop@isledon.co.uk or tom@wearefuturegov.com