Welcome to Help And Kindness

Everyone needs a little help and kindness...

This is a project that is being developed by the Alacrify Foundation CIC.
We are building a resource that will help to support and empower the community and world that we live in.

What Is #HelpAndKindness?

#HelpAndKindness is a project that will serve the people who live and work in Dorset.

It will do this in four ways.

1.            Helping to improve awareness of the support available within the county.

2.            Helping to improve the resilience and impact of the support providers, particularly in the charity and voluntary sector.

3.            Helping to improve awareness of community needs, and of opportunities to respond to them.

4.            Helping to improve understanding of the impact of support provision on the community, especially that provided by the charity, public and voluntary sector.

In detail this means:

  1. Improving awareness of the support available within the county.
    There are many formal and informal help and support providers in Dorset, but it is often difficult to find out what is available in a specific location, or for complex needs. This includes provision from the voluntary and charitable sectors, as well as the commercial and public sectors too. The project will promote the awareness of these service-providers and how to access them to ensure that those who need support in the county can find the services that are relevant to them.
     
  2. Helping to improve the resilience and impact of the support providers, particularly in the charity and voluntary sector.
    The project will help to improve the networking between support providers in the county to increase the opportunities for collaboration between them, and enhance the mutual support available to providers from each other, and provide a route for receiving support from other agencies. This will increase the resilience and strength of the service providers, and help to increase the sustainability of their work to support people in the county.
     
  3. Improving awareness of community needs, and of opportunities to respond to them.
    The project will provide the means for service providers to ask for help with running and providing their services. The community will also be able to share information about unaddressed needs and explore ways to meet them. In this way the company will support the provision of help through existing service providers, and encourage responses to unaddressed needs in the community.
     
  4. Helping to improve understanding of the impact of support provision on the community, especially that provided by the charity, public and voluntary sector.
    The project will record who is providing support services in the county and will be able to show the coverage and impact of the charity and voluntary sector providers in the community. This information is important for many providers in showing their impact to their funders, and is also vital in finding new funding streams for services they provide. This information will support the sustainability and growth of service provision in the county.

Where Has This Come From?

This project has grown out of a lifetime of working with people and organisations across the country and in our local county of Dorset, who provide support and help in all kinds of ways to the people around us. We can see how our technology can bring all of these people together.

These amazing people and organisations have inspired us to dream up this big project to help connect people in need with people who can help, and to strengthen the connections between the organisations and individuals who do so much to look after and support everyone in our communities.

 


What We're Doing Now

We have set up a Community Interest Company to underpin the project. This will allow us to have clear independence and fundraising capability under our own steam. We're also designing and building the technical systems that will power this project, and also speaking to key stakeholders and service providers across the county, to make sure our ideas chime with their goals and experience. We hope this combined approach will result in a finished project that delivers really useful services to everyone involved.

Do click here if you'd like to read a bit more about our reasons for the project, how it is different from other services, and why we've decided to do this now.

We're writing a blog as we go, and sharing our story on Twitter.

If you'd like to contact us and hear more, or get involved, we'd love to hear from you.

Jon Sloper, Nicola Hembrey and Ralph Corderoy
hello@helpandkindness.co.uk
Alacrify Foundation CIC

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Further Reading

Friends of Help And Kindness

Here are some of the many people who are Friends of this project. They have contacted us to say they are supportive of this project and wish to lend their voice to making it happen.

About Us

Here you can find out about the small team that is behind this big idea.


People we are working with

Here are some of the organisations we have been talking to and are engaged with to create #HelpAndKindness. Their feedback, encouragement and input has been so helpful as we have developed the project.


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