Below is the introduction
to Getting Connected developed early in 1997. The second
the Net Work
launched in March 2000 at the Active Communities Convention.
Development work had meanwhile been carried forward by
The story in 1997
Getting Connected is an
initiative to to promote the awareness and use of online
communication among community development agencies in
England. Its first phase takes the form of a series of
regional demonstration days leading to a seminar
in London, plus back-up materials.
Online is working on the project
with the Community
Development Foundation and BASSAC
(British Association of Settlements and Social Action Centres).
The first phase of the programme has five
- Regional 'awareness' days, offering people
the opportunity to gain basic awareness of the technology. Brighton,
Bristol and Sunderland.
- Content development - identifying relevant
Community Development material on the World Wide Web, establishing links,
stimulating and developing new content.
pages and demonstration disks
- a two-disk set with a browser and some sample screens for use offline,
to be made available free to local agencies. Content will address issues
through resources (articles, FAQs, references) and demonstration gateways
(links to applications on this site or to other exemplar sites).
- The third National Seminar on IT for
the community sector, hosted by ICL on May 29 1997.
- A briefing day for staff of the Voluntary
and Community Division of the Department of National Heritage (now a
the Home Office) - who are funding the project - on the Internet and
community development .
Getting Connected presentations:
May 1997, January