Help people to get online this spring!

Can you show someone how to use a computer keyboard or mouse, browse a tablet or smartphone, and send an email?

Then get involved with Spring Online, and have some fun running a free internet taster session for your local community!

We’re delighted to be supporting Spring Online again this year, a nationwide campaign run by Digital Unite that helps people who aren’t online to understand and engage with digital technology - many for the first time.

From 31 March to 4 April 2014 thousands of free events will be held by volunteers and organisations to assist and inspire local people to achieve a lasting use of the internet.

From saving money and finding new interests, to keeping in touch with distant relatives and connecting with their local Streetlife community, developing digital skills can make a huge difference to the lives of older people, particularly those who are isolated or less mobile.

Here’s what Beryl, aged 81, said following an event she attended:

I have entered a whole new world. I can talk to family and friends on Skype, email them, share jokes, Google things I want to know and chat to friends and family… I can travel the world without leaving my chair.”

You can help!

Whether you have access to one tablet or a room full of computers, Spring Online is a brilliant opportunity to help people in your community. It’s easy to do, hugely rewarding, and needn’t cost anything but your time.

Digital Unite will support you all the way with downloadable posters, leaflets and certificates, activity ideas, and guidance on planning your event.

Get involved

Start a conversation with your local Streetlife community to discuss ideas for venues and to recruit volunteers and learners in your area.

For friendly advice and to register your event go to digitalunite.com/spring-online or email springonline@digitalunite.com.

Light up your neighbourhood!


Since we launched Streetlife, 100,000 neighbours in over 2,000 communities across Britain have got together to talk about the issues they care about and make a positive difference where they live.

We’ve seen…

  • lost pets returned to their owners

  • libraries, pubs and village shops saved from closure

  • crime alerts exchanged and local scammers exposed

  • neighbours sharing belongings and skills, from lawn mowers to computing tips

  • locals volunteering to pick litter and help out at soup kitchens

  • campaigns to preserve green spaces from development

  • hundreds of social groups started, from coffee mornings to jogging clubs and craft groups

  • thousands of recommendations for trusty tradespeople and treasured local businesses exchanged…

And it’s all because of people like you, talking, sharing, and caring about your local area.

Please share Streetlife with a few people you know, and help us unite neighbours across the nation.

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a Neighbourly New Year!

Support Small Business Saturday!

As a nation, we built our economy and social existence around the retail experience.

Thriving high streets provide important community hubs and local employment opportunities, but independent businesses face stiff competition from online giants and out of town centres.

Saturday 7th December is Small Business Saturday, an initiative to encourage people to shop in local, independent businesses in the run up to Christmas.

You can make a difference!

  • Support your local shops and services this Christmas – buy gifts locally where possible.

  • Champion the local brands you value – recommend a business to friends and neighbours by word of mouth, or share it via social media.

  • Arrange meetings in the heart of the local community to have a coffee, people-watch, search for bargains, and enjoy the social aspects of retail therapy.

  • Organise a “cash mob”, whereby a group mobilised over the internet gather at a certain location to support a local business in need of a boost.

  • Help retailers adapt and grow by providing feedback and sharing your vision for a thriving high street or town centre.

How can Streetlife help?

Streetlife provides a platform to share your views on local shopping facilities and how they can become more unique, attractive, accessible and enjoyable.

Our users are keen to support local businesses, so Streetlife is an ideal place for independent retailers to engage with their community, respond to requests for advice, seek feedback, and promote incentives to visit their premises.

Every week, hundreds of recommendations are exchanged on Streetlife, from plumbers to hairdressers, garden centres to charity shops. A recent survey revealed that four out of five users have discovered a local business, service or event via the local social network.

And the best thing of all, is that the recommendations exchanged online are helping to build real-world connections. We’ve seen users inviting neighbours over to admire their kitchen-fitter’s handiwork, finding seamstresses who live around the corner, forming cooperatives to bulk-buy local produce, setting up community bookshops and pop-up galleries.

Grab a £10,000 grant for your community!

With around 11,800 branches, the Post Office is in the heart of more communities than any other organisation. Some branches, particularly in more rural areas, offer much more than traditional services, from free internet access to health centres and nurseries.

The Department for Communities and Local Government and the Post Office are jointly funding an initiative to support sub-postmasters to develop new ways to enhance their role as community hubs by offering new services, support, facilities or activities to local people, groups, charities or businesses.

Post Office branches in England can apply to receive grants of up to £10,000 to support a new scheme or service that will benefit the wider community, support and empower local people, and strengthen community engagement.

That kind of thing is right up our street, and we’d love to see some of you benefiting!

Here are a few ideas of the type of scheme the fund could support:

  • classes in key skills such as reading, languages, computing or the internet
  • mentoring and advice services for small businesses, or display space for local producers
  • partnerships with local charities to provide a meeting space, notice board and other forms of support
  • hubs or meeting spaces for community groups involved in local issues such as neighbourhood planning

Not sure how your community might benefit?

Our users share a wealth of knowledge and are never short on ideas, so why not start a conversation on Streetlife asking local individuals, groups and organisations in your community what they think?

Got an idea you’d like your Post Office to support?

Brilliant! Download and print out this PDF, write down your idea, take it into your local Post Office and have a chat with the sub-postmaster or branch manager about what you could do together to benefit your local community.

There’s more information about the scheme here, and if you have further questions you can email communities@postoffice.co.uk.

The deadline for applications is Friday 18th October 2013. Up to 20 schemes across England will be awarded a grant - so get your ideas in now and keep us and your local community posted via Streetlife!

Bringing the spirit of 2012 to the streets!

The 2012 Games showed Britain at its best. The country came together, medals rolled in, and The Queen skydived out of a helicopter.

Now the spirit of the games is back in the form of Britain’s Personal Best - an Olympic sized idea inspiring people to reach their goals by setting and sharing personal bests.

Individuals and organisations, companies and communities are coming together to do something new, from…

  • learning to drive to offering a ride
  • taking a jog to writing a blog
  • starting a band to lending a hand
  • visiting a neighbour to talking to a stranger

We love this kind of stuff; it strengthens communities and brings people together. So we’re happy to be buddying up with Britain’s Personal Best to encourage Streetlifers to join in!

Get involved

Maybe you’d like to try something new, make a positive change to your lifestyle, or become more involved in your local community?

There are loads of ideas to inspire you here, but the choice is yours so feel free to be creative!

Once you have an idea, share your personal best here, and if it’s something that other people in your local community might be able to join in or help with, start a conversation on Streetlife.

Britain’s Personal Best kicks off with The Big Weekend on 4th to 6th October 2013, so now’s a great time to get involved!

Job Opportunity: County Champion

FOUR POSITIONS AVAILABLE - IDEAL GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES!

streetlife.com, the local social network, is a fully funded startup based in Covent Garden, London.

We’re a small, passionate team. Our meetings are informal, our kitchen is stocked with diet coke and enough Green & Black’s to make your eyes bulge… and we’re out to change the world, one neighbourhood at a time.

We’re recruiting FOUR County Champions to form an exciting new team that will drive the growth of our service in new areas across the UK.

You’ll be launching streetlife.com in a new county over each three month period, and will be tasked with researching and engaging with key local organisations and influencers in your target area, to drive user signups and build thriving online communities.

The role will be primarily office-based, with occasional expensed travel to key meetings or events within launch territories.

This is a fantastic opportunity for recent graduates to gain experience in a challenging and varied role incorporating elements of sales, marketing, PR and relationship management, and to represent an innovative digital brand during a period of rapid growth.

It’s going to be a lot of fun, and for the right individuals there will be significant opportunities for progression and increased earnings as we scale our business.

Desired skills & experience:

Far more important than experience is energy, enthusiasm and determination.

We have targets to hit and deadlines to meet, so this is not for the faint-hearted. But the right candidates will be well rewarded with bonuses for each county successfully launched and performance-related incentives along the way. And of course, we’ll give you the best start possible, with a comprehensive induction and training period, and ongoing support and knowledge-sharing across the team.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • an outgoing, friendly and persuasive manner
  • the ability to build relationships with a wide variety of people
  • strong interpersonal skills with first-rate oral and written English
  • solid organisational skills and the ability to manage time and prioritise tasks
  • the confidence and resilience to cold contact prospects via phone and email
  • a strong work ethic and the determination to persist at repetitive tasks
  • the drive to take ownership of a territory and maximise success
  • the ability to work as part of a small team, sharing knowledge and supporting colleagues
  • enthusiasm for the role of digital media in connecting local people and building stronger, safer communities

Benefits include:

  • basic salary of £15k plus quarterly performance-related bonuses (first year OTE £25k)
  • FREE lunch from some of the best eateries in Covent Garden plus drinks and snacks while you’re at our office
  • 28 days annual leave, in addition to national holidays
  • eligibility to participate in company share option scheme after one year
  • a great office location in the heart of Covent Garden

Interested?

Please send your CV with a cover note detailing your suitability for the role and availability to start (including any notice period) to jobs@streetlife.com.

Applicants should be available to attend interviews in Covent Garden before the end of 12th July 2013, and able and eligible to work full-time at our Central London office.

No agencies please.

Help people connect with digital technology as part of Spring Online

If you’re reading this, the chances are you’re pretty good with computers, the internet, and probably smartphones and tablets too.

But official figures released last month reveal that a staggering 7.4 million Britons have never used the internet. Many more don’t have basic online skills such as searching the web or sending and receiving emails, and they’re missing out on all that computers and the internet can offer.

Supporting others, particularly older people, to develop digital skills and confidence is essential in this modern age. It can help them save money, reduce feelings of isolation, enable them to find new hobbies and interests, enhance relationships with family living further afield, and connect them with their local community via Streetlife.

Share your skills this April!

Spring Online is an award-winning national campaign run by Digital Unite, that aims to help older people and other less confident users to understand and use digital technology.

The campaign works by supporting people like you to hold free taster events within your local community for neighbours, colleagues, friends or family between the 22 and 26 April 2013.

Taster sessions can be held anywhere from your front room to the local library, internet café or pub. How they’re run is up to each organiser, and they need not cost anything but a bit of your time.

Last year around 2,000 Spring Online events were held, helping over 30,000 people explore digital technology, many for the first time. Here’s what one delighted participant had to say:

You know, I was so terrified this morning I nearly never came. I have never used a computer before and now I have an email account and can shop online. I am so delighted I came, I wish I could stay all day.

And running an event is extremely rewarding for the organisers too:

It has been wonderful to see people going from being afraid to even touch a computer and not knowing what a mouse is, let alone how to use it, to setting up email accounts and searching websites. The change in their confidence was so rewarding to see.

Get involved

Register your Spring Online event here. You’ll receive a marketing pack, tips, activity ideas and how-to guides, plus a chance to win cash prizes.

Then post details of your event on Streetlife, to recruit helpers and encourage local people to spread the word to their neighbours!

Find out more from Digital Unite or call 0800 228 9272.

Intern Opportunity: Community Champion

streetlife.com, the local social network, is a fully funded startup based in Covent Garden, London.

We’re a small, passionate team. Our meetings are informal, our fridge is stocked with diet coke and beer, and we’re out to change the world, one neighbourhood at a time.

We’re looking for a friendly, enthusiastic intern to champion our online community over the next three months. You’ll help to manage, engage with and grow our user base, and there’s a good chance of progression to a permanent position within our marketing team.

The role involves:

  • responding to user support queries and suggestions

  • building the user support knowledge base

  • monitoring and moderating community content

  • tracking and sharing newsworthy community content

  • researching, building and maintaining contact lists and databases

  • contributing to our corporate social media channels

  • providing general administrative support

The ideal candidate will have:

  • strong written and verbal communication skills

  • a friendly and persuasive (yet tactful!) manner

  • excellent attention to detail

  • patience and a willingness to persist at repetitive tasks

  • solid organisational skills and the ability to work autonomously

  • a good understanding of social media and digital communications

  • an interest in marketing, customer relations or community management

  • enthusiasm for helping people connect with their local community

We’re after a graduate who is available immediately, and until the end of April 2013 or beyond. Applicants must be able and eligible to work at our Central London office.

Benefits include a salary of £12.5k pro-rata, lunch and drinks while you’re at our office, and a great location in the heart of Covent Garden.

This is a great opportunity for a digital native to gain experience with an online community which we expect to grow to millions of active users, and hopefully to have some fun too.

Interested?

Please send your CV (including details of any previous work experience) and details of your availability to jobs@streetlife.com. No agencies.

Share your resolutions with your neighbours

What better way to start 2013, than by getting together with your neighbours and supporting one another?

We’ve put together a few ideas for how the Streetlife community can help you achieve your new year’s resolutions:

Live more healthily

If you’re aiming to lose weight, get fit or quit smoking, you’re more likely to stick at it if there’s someone else counting on you. Streetlife provides the perfect place to find a local walking buddy or sports team, so you can encourage one another and make exercise a fun and sociable experience.

Save money

Sharing skills and belongings with neighbours can save you money, give you access to more, and help you meet some friendly local faces. Streetlife makes it easy to borrow and lend everything from hedge trimmers, tents and sewing machines, to spreadsheet skills and baking tips.

Try new experiences

Whether you want to learn a language, take up painting, volunteer for a local cause, or just explore your area, the Streetlife community can offer a wealth of advice on local events and opportunities, and help you find people with common interests to start up a new group or club.

Improve your home

There’s no better way to find a reliable tradesman than by word of mouth, and the local social network is a great place to ask for recommendations. If you need to borrow tools or could do with some tips for a DIY job around the home or garden, someone on Streetlife can probably help too.

Join the conversation in your neighbourhood on Streetlife and make 2013 a neighbourly new year!

Wishing you a neighbourly new year!

From Jubilee street parties to Olympic volunteers, 2012 was a fantastic year for bringing communities together.

And we were thrilled to welcome an incredible 50,000 newcomers to Streetlife in neighbourhoods across the nation, helped by a BBC Breakfast News feature, Stephen Fry’s extraordinary Twitter clout, and our partnership with regional media publisher Archant.

But the greatest achievements and most heart-warming stories came from members of our community, connecting and sharing with their neighbours.

We saw lost pets reunited with owners, scammers exposed, threatened public services saved, local conversations make national headlines, countless skills and belongings offered, and real-life friendships formed.

Emma O., a keen Streetlife contributor, sums it up brilliantly:

Seeing people on Streetlife sharing and helping their neighbours is a lovely reminder that I’m part of a supportive, friendly community.

Here’s to a neighbourly new year!