Creating a ‘Lifeline’ to prevent homelessness

We're developing an educational website which aims to become a lifeline for young people at risk of becoming homeless in Cornwall.

Archive for August, 2015

Creating a ‘Lifeline’ to prevent homelessness

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Our design team are working with Cornwall Council and Alex Breyley, a recent Falmouth University Graduate to bring their vision for an educational website about homelessness to life.

The project is the brain child of Alex Breyley who came up with the idea following a Cornwall Council brief to students at Falmouth University. Alex spent time visiting young people across Cornwall who had become homeless and recorded their experiences in their own words. He wanted to create a resource to help change perceptions about homelessness and provide support to young people in the same situation.

“Many of the young people I met had experienced extremely difficult and dangerous situations as a result of becoming homeless. In some cases, homelessness could have been avoided with the right information, advice and support at an earlier stage. I feel its important to share these stories with other young people and provide them with as much information as possible to prevent homelessness.” Alex Breyley


Alex’s vision which can be seen in the video below, uses animated lines to bring the audio experiences to life, providing a much more interactive way of learning about homelessness. The team at Cornwall Council loved the ‘lifelines’ concept, and have asked Made Open to help Alex develop the idea further into a fully functioning website with additional information and resources from specialist providers to further support young people.

Stay tuned for updates on this project, we hope to have the website ready to share in October.

New features for the Made Open platform

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Launched This Week:


Users and groups can now add a poll to Made Open. Polls can be public (viewable to all in the main activity stream) or private (only viewable by a specific group). Users will be able to ask a question to the Made Open community, set up to 10 answers for users to choice and add a time period for the poll. Poll details and results can be managed via profile areas.

You can also invite your connections and groups to vote in a poll you’ve just created. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to see what your community thinks about issues that matter to you.


Launching in the next few weeks:


We’ll be adding a ‘task’ function for groups, so that a group admin can delegate tasks to their group members. The idea around this, is that tasks will be needed to either launch a project onto Made Open (users could help get project videos ready or write inspiring copy), but are likely to be more useful for groups that have successfully crowdsourced a project already on Made Open and will then be needed to make it happen!


Launched in last few weeks:


Users and groups can now add and manage events through the Made Open platform! Users will be able to add basic event details (such as an event description, date and time and location), post as a public or private group event. They will also be and set up ticket types and prices thanks to our eventbrite integration so events could be used as means of raising further funds for a community project.

Users can manage events through their profile, with the ability to edit basic event details and view attendee lists (attending, unable to attend and maybes). Tickets for events can be booked via the main activity stream and email notifications to attendees when they book a ticket and a reminder email will go out to all attendees when an event they are attending has less than 24 hours before its due to start.


-Extended groups-

This week we plan to launch our ‘extended groups’ functionality across the site. What this means, is that a group or organisation will be able to add a project, ask the community a question, pledge time, money or materials, add and like ideas.


-Private group projects-

As well as being able to add a ‘public project’ to the main activity stream, groups will soon also have the option to add ‘private projects’ and ideas within their group profiles. These projects and ideas will only be visible to group members. Group members will be able to add a private project to the group page, and group admins will have the ability to manage these.


-Navigation refresh-

As well as updating the navigation to accommodate for these new features, we’ll be making a few other small changes in response to some of the user feedback we’ve received.

Website refresh for Connecting Bristol

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Several years ago we created the ‘Connecting Bristol’ brand and website for Bristol City Council. Connecting Bristol brings together the Councils work on Green, Economic, Digital and International issues, with the aim being to ensure that Bristol and the surrounding area benefits from a world-class, inclusive green and digital economy.

Over the next coming months, we will be working with Bristol City Council to design a new site that reflects a more contemporary look and feel, and provides visitors with an improved user experience. During the design and planning phase, we will refine the current information architecture and re-structure the site navigation to better reflect current and future priorities.

The new website will be fully responsive, display multimedia content such as videos, integrate with the City Open Data platform, integrate with Social Media and develop the Connecting Bristol community and encourage positive community action.

We’re very much looking forward with Bristol City Council again, and can’t wait to share our work with you soon.