PlaceCal is a community events calendar that’s aimed at helping people of all ages find out what’s going on in their local area.
Sitting within our Health & Social Care theme, and specifically forming part of our efforts to tackle social isolation in the Community Wellness use case, the idea for PlaceCal came out of existing neighbourhood partnerships and research work in the area.
The picture that emerged from this research was a conflicting one: lots of people thought there was nothing to do, but meanwhile community organisers were struggling with how to let people know about events going on in their area.
The result of these findings is PlaceCal – an online platform that pulls together streams from different data sources, compiling all of the community’s local events into one, easy-to-access place. It’s an online calendar, but you can use the tool to compile and print off physical version for distribution too.
It’s designed to help people find out about the small local events that can be hard to discover: the coffee mornings, sewing groups, computer classes and gardening groups that might be just around the corner.
We launched the platform in style earlier this month, bringing the communities of Hulme and Moss Side together for a day of workshops, carol singing, dancing, soup, and of course the big Christmas lights switch-on.
Watch below for a closer look at everything that went on on the day and to hear from the people behind the project about how it works. And then, of course, you can try out PlaceCal for yourself at placecal.org.