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Community hub volunteer app made possible by new digital platform

The Greater Manchester Digital Platform is hosting data from different sources to make it possible to connect communities and help localities.

Digital BME

During Covid-19 there has been a growing number of people across Greater Manchester volunteering their time to help in response to growing humanitarian needs. This increase in volunteer numbers has brought a heightened requirement to more effectively coordinate volunteer activity across the region, understand need and demand more clearly in real time and appropriately and effectively match volunteers with Community Hub activity.  

The Community Hub Volunteer application developed by Bury Council with ANS and Microsoft with support from the GMCA was set up to solve these problems. The application provides a platform that all parties involved in logging, assigning and volunteering can access, helping to coordinate contact between centres, Hub Managers and volunteers. The application also helps to collect the required information to match appropriate support to citizen need.  

The app can be rapidly deployed to localities, can be locally branded and should be used by those receiving requests for support from vulnerable citizens in community hubs to triage need, collect relevant information and assigning tasks to Hub Managers.

If you are interested in rapidly deploying the app in your locality please email: GMCAdigital@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk