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About northamptoncabcommunitylink

I am working on a project with Northampton & District Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB). CAB's were established in the centre of towns and cities across the UK to operate at the heart of local communities, bringing practical benefits to people, many of whom are disadvantaged and socially excluded. Since then population growth and the development of urban sprawl, has meant town and city centres are no longer the main focal point for large groups of residents, and rural communities are even further removed from our services. Our project will explore the use of digital technologies to target and engage hard to reach communities , and establish a sustainable, well utilised advice services presence as part of a virtual community – in short, the creation of ‘Your Neighbourhood CAB’. Face to face advice services are expensive to provide, and therefore CAB is not able to maintain a physical presence at the heart of every local community. In this current economic climate and rapidly changing social scene, we need to find innovative ways to reduce costs, and bring outreach services into the 21st century, maximising access via social media (Facebook & Twitter) and other digital communications channels. Establishing our presence as an informed guest supplier in community space is one our main aims ,and we welcome the opportunity to be part of the Northants Community web forum project. The final phase of our project will then use the relationships and presence established in local communities to trial remote webcam/SKYPE access to confidential advice services.

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Get Online Week …………FREE taster sessions at Libraries Tue 16th October

We all  know someone who find’s the thought of using a Computer a bit scary  and is nervous about using the Internet? They probably say I’ve never used one all my life why should I start now? It is natural … Continue reading

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How should CAB use Social Media to engage effectively within communities?

There is a  temptation for organisations like ours dipping their toe into the world of social media to take the safe route of using the medium as a vehicle to impart corporate messages or service information  which in itself may … Continue reading

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Would a ‘virtual’ CAB for hard to reach communities be an effective addition to our advice service in Northamptonshire?

Would a ‘virtual’ CAB for hard to reach communities be an effective addition to our advice service in Northamptonshire?.

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