Tools

We've brought together lots of useful digital tools from around the web to help you:

  • Raise your profile
  • Fundraise
  • Manage volunteers, events and projects
  • Measure your outcomes and impact

...and much, much more!

If you aren’t sure where to get started just click on a category to the left to look around, or simply browse the full list of tools below.

Don't forget to register here to become a free member, so you can share your favourite tools, add comments and rate the tools you use.

http://www.bluedotagency.com/

Blue Dots

3

Reward volunteers and supporters for their actions with exclusive offers and products from Blue Dots.

http://signup.com/volunteerspot/index

SignUp.com

3
SignUp.com (previously Volunteer Spot) is a simple way to help organise volunteers to help with community events. There’s sign-up sheets, volunteer scheduling software, and management tools to send out reminders and reports, saving you time and effort.
 

Managing volunteers can be challenging, but Kim Wood of Blackpool Wyre & Fylde Council for Voluntary Service tells us how digital tools helped him crack it.  

http://www.strikebase.com/

Strikebase

3.5

This project management software allows you to plan & execute tasks, recurring tasks, track time and manage deadlines with your team on a virtu

http://picasa.google.co.uk/intl/en-GB/

Picasa - Picture editor

3.5

A free picture editing and image manipulation tool.

 
Destinations@Saltburn
Paul Davies, owner and Managing Director of a Destinations @ Saltburn, looks at how Picasa helped them make image files more managable.
https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

GOV.UK - Register to Vote

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You can register to vote at any time, whether there's an election happening or not. Once you've registered you won't need to do so again, unless you change address or change any of your other personal details. This online form on GOV.UK is the easiest way to make sure you are registered.
http://www.flipsnack.com/

FlipSnack

0

FlipSnack is an online flipbook software that allows you to convert PDF documents into Flash page flip digital publications.

http://www.youcanbook.me

You Can Book Me

4

Online appointment booking tool

http://www.facebook.com/

Facebook

3.75

Facebook is a hugely popular free social networking site that that enables registered users to create profiles, send and receive messa

 
Community Social and Economic Development Worker Louise Barbé has been part of the team at West Harton Churches Action Station for just over two years. As a ‘late starter’ with technology herself, she knows just how frustrating learning to use a computers and the internet can be. It’s her job to make things as easy as possible for the learners of West Harton!
http://www.fundingcentral.org.uk/

Funding Central

3

This is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises that provides access to thousands of funding and finance

http://www.pixlr.com

Pixlr

4.5

For any fans of Photoshop this is such an excellent site to use. If you have ever wanted the functionality of image manipulation, cropping, merging - the usual things you would like to use out and about - then this tool is highly recommended.

http://skype.co.uk

Skype

4.166665

The original free instant messaging, video conferencing and internet phone tool, usable on desktop computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets.

https://www.wetransfer.com/

We Transfer

3.75
A file transfer site that lets you send large files (up to 2BG) to friends or colleagues, quickly, VERY easily, and for free!
http://www.google.co.uk/analytics

Google Analytics

4.5
Google Analytics is a powerful tool that enables you to see what is happening on your website or social media platforms. You can easily create reports to find out how many people are using your site what they are looking at and where they are coming from.
 
Vicky from UK online centres uses Google Analytics to get a view of how the organisation's websites are being used, and where improvements can be made. Here she tells us why it's so useful.
http://www.neighbourly.com

neighbourly.com

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neighbourly.com is a social network which connects community and charity projects with companies that can help.

https://www.coursera.org/

Coursera

4.5

Coursera aims to give everyone access to world-class education from the best universities.

http://www.scribd.com/

Scribd

3.5

Scribd is a documents library that allows users to publish, discover and discuss original writings and documents.

 
Lots of organisations who work in community development are short on time, so when Saqib Amin from Birmingham Settlement came across a tool that would help him share documents across lots of different social media at the click of a button, he wasted no time in getting started.
http://evernote.com/skitch/

Skitch

4.5
Skitch is a great tool that allows you to get your point across with fewer words using annotations, shapes and sketches on screen shots, photos or maps.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb897434.aspx

Zoom It

4.5

A really handy tool for when you need to present something. It allows you to zoom in on a single part of the screen so that even those at the back of the room can read what is on the screen.

http://bitetheballot.co.uk/

Bite the Ballot

4
Even when there isn't an election taking place, you still might want to know about politics and why you should vote? After all, there's nothing like being prepared! This website is full of useful resources that can help you answer that all-important question: “Why should I vote?”.
http://yourock.jobs/en

YouRock

0
YouRock is a service where you can build a dynamic job profile that really rocks!
http://www.weebly.com/

Weebly

4

Easily create your own website for free

http://www.outcomesstar.org.uk/

Outcomes Star

4
A suite of tools to support and measure change when working with people.
 
Nicola Wallace Dean, Project Manager for Starting Point Community Hub talks about how she has used the Outcomes Star as a tool for monitoring the change in participants attitudes on one of her communi
http://www.yortender.co.uk

YORtender

3

YORtender is the procurement platform for Yorkshire and Humber allowing you to find contracts with local authorities in the region.

https://www.yammer.com/

Yammer

3

Yammer brings the power of social networking to your company. Yammer is as easy to use as great consumer software like Facebook and Twitter, but is designed for company collaboration, file sharing, knowledge exchange and team efficiency.

 
Rachel Verney, Manager of Central Services, talks about how she has used Yammer as a tool for the Kingston CAB’s Pro Bono legal advice project.
http://www.squared5.com/

Squared 5 - Media File Convertor

4

Cameras, phones and various media devices often record media in a range of formats. This video converter lets you change your file types to be able to make use of them in the format you need.

https://adblockplus.org/

Adblock Plus

3.5
Adblock Plus blocks advertisements and pop up banners from websites, and disables ads from appearing in Youtube.
http://www.google.com/alerts

Google alerts

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Google Alerts enables you to create email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your own queries.
 
Vicky from UK online centres recommends using Google Alerts to find out what others are saying about your organisation online, and to find out about what's happening that's relevant to you.
http://commonplace.is

Commonplace

2.5

Commonplace is a digital tool that collects the opinions of people who live, work, and frequent a neighbourhood as an evidence base to improve the local area.

http://www.streetbank.com/

StreetBank

3

StreetBank allows you to post messages in a way similar to Facebook but directly to the club members

http://www.google.com/apps/

Google Apps

4.125

With Google Apps, you can access your emails, calendar and documents from anywhere as long as there’s an internet connection. You can also use Google forms for surveys, Google chat for instant messaging and Google Hangouts for video conferencing.

 
Everyone is feeling the pinch at the moment and Blackpool Wyre & Fylde Council for Voluntary Service is no different. Project Manager Kim Wood decided to see what he could do to make savings and started to research tools that might help. He came across Google apps which had made a real impact on the way he and his team work.
http://www.gimp.org/

GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program

3.5
GIMP is free easy-to-use image editing software that perfects photos and creates animated images like photoshop, but 100% free
http://www.softwareok.com/

Pointerstick

3

During a presentation have you ever tried to point at something with your mouse, and turned to see everyone in the room squinting at the screen?

http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/

Find Your MP

0
Do you know who your MP is? Knowing who they are and how to contact them is important because they're the one representing you in Parliament - and the one you should go to to discuss Parliamentary decisions. This tool can tell you everything you need to know.
https://www.ukonlinecentres.com/running-your-centre/working-with-volunteers/corp...

Digital Skills Volunteers

0

The UK online centres website allows any third sector organisation who provides basic digital kills to people in its community to register for free

http://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows.aspx

Team viewer

3.5

Use TeamViewer for online team meetings and presentations.

http://www.verticalresponse.com

Vertical Reponse

4

Manage your email list and subscriptions online

http://www.lwks.com/

Lightworks

3

Lightworks is professional standard video editing software that you can download for free from their website. 

http://www.classmarker.com/

Classmarker

3

This tool helps you easily create online quizzes and tests, either for fun, learning or for more serious purposes.

 
 
Hazel Broad, Deputy Director of Reading Voluntary Action talks about how RVA uses Classmarker to assess the proficiency of potential admin volunteers applying for roles on their team.
http://storify.com/

Storify

4.25

Storify allows you to pool and present content from around the web (including tweets, Facebook posts, YouTube videos, news articles) about a particular topic.

https://pinboard.in/

Pinboard

4
Save, tag and share links to things you find online using Pinboard. You can sync your links with a number of outside services, including Pocket, Delicious, Twitter, Readability and Instapaper.
http://www.blogger.com/

Blogger

3.75
Blogger is (as the name implies!) an easy way to get going with a blog, whether for yourself, your organisation or even your community project.
 

Mohamed from Southern Housing Group talks about how they have used Blogger.

http://benefacto.org

Benefacto

4

Benefacto.org is a social enterprise based in London which makes it easy for you to enlist employee volunteers to support with your service delivery.

http://drive.google.com

Google Drive

3.5

Google Drive allows you to store documents safely, access them from anywhere you have access to a browser and the internet, and collaborate on documents in real-time with other people

 
Southern Housing Group
Anthony Snead, Digital Champion for Southern Housing Group, talks about how Southern Housing Group uses Google Drive to store and share documents quickly and securely.
https://audioboom.com/

audioBoom

3.5
audioBoom is a simple way to share audio! Use on your mobile or your computer, and record interviews, music, radio shows and great for quick reporting, storytelling or quick tips on your website.
 
Saqib from Birmingham Settlement needed an easy way to record the impact of work on learners at their centre. Audioboo provided the answer particularly where learners were reluctant to appear on video!
https://www.sumall.com

SumAll

4.5

SumAll is a really useful tool that allows you to track and monitor your social media accounts.

https://www.speakpipe.com/

SpeakPipe

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Want to listen to your website visitors, customers or readers? SpeakPipe allows you to receive feedback in the form of an audio message.

http://talkaboutlocal.org.uk/

Talk About Local

0

Do you need help finding an online voice for your community group?

https://trello.com/

Trello

4.2

Trello is a free management tool that organises your projects around a digital board. Collaborate ideas in a simple, visual and interactive way.

http://www.bt.com/discover/btck

BT Community Web Kit

4.142855
Free resource from BT for creating a community website. In just a few simple steps you can have a website that’s straightforward to set-up and easy to maintain.
 
Geoff Budden, Chairman of the Friends of Kinson Common, talks about how they were able to set up their community website quickly and easily using the BT Community Web Kit.
http://www.youtube.com/

YouTube

4

The big boy on the video sharing scene, more than 70 hours of footage are uploaded to YouTube every minute! It's super easy to c

https://delicious.com/

Delicious

3

Delicious is a bookmarking tool that can be made public or private as you require.

http://www.spiderscribe.net/

SpiderScribe

4

A free mind mapping tool to help you organise your ideas.

http://www.landshare.net/

Landshare

3.5

Landshare brings together people who have a passion for home-grown food, connecting those who have land to share with those who need land.

http://batchgeo.com/

Batchgeo

3.166665
Batchgeo loves maps, and believes they should be easy to make. It's the fastest way to create Google maps from your data. It accepts addresses, towns, cities, regions, and post codes. Batchgeo does the hard work of figuring out where all your data lives in the real world.
 

Rahima Begum, Community Regeneration Officer for Southern Housing Group, talks about how she uses Batchgeo to make her life easier.

https://thirdbridge.co.uk/#/

thirdbridge

5
thirdbridge helps organisations to build corporate partnerships, recruit volunteers and measure the social impact of their programmes.
http://www.slideshare.net

Slideshare

3

This tool is a great website to search out inspiring and informative presentations and documents. Browse content uploaded by others or upload your own files to your free Slideshare account for others to view.

http://www.doodle.com

Doodle

4.363635
A free and easy way to schedule meetings, invite attendees and co-ordinate diaries.
 
Online Centres Foundation’s Funding and Partnerships Manager Ben Brown tracks down all sorts of interesting organisations and pots of funding. He often found co-ordinating meetings and other people's diaries tricky, but with the help of Doodle it’s now a doddle!
http://klout.com/

Klout

3

If you're on social media you will already have a public Klout score, even if you don't have a Klout account. 

http://www.infinitemonkeys.mobi/

Infinite Monkeys

4

A free tool that helps you create your own mobile apps

https://electionleaflets.org/

ElectionLeaflets.org

0
Election leaflets are useful during election time, but they can also be useful for research. Whether there's an election happening, you're designing a leaflet, or even if you're doing some political research for a project/work, this database of election leaflets can be very helpful.
https://jobsqueak.com

job squeak

0

*Please note, this is information is about the pocket money job site, job squeak. To access the website go to jobsqueak.com

http://uk.bookingbug.com

Booking Bug

3

Booking Bug is a simple scheduling and event booking service, allowing users to book online.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/

SurveyMonkey

4
SurveyMonkey helps you create online surveys quickly and easily, making the process of collecting feedback incredibly simple.
http://vimeo.com/

Vimeo

3.5

Similar you YouTube, Vimeo is a video-hosting site but with a reputation for quality over quantity, customisation and a supportive community

http://www.mindmeister.com

MindMeister

4.333335

Superb online collaborative mind mapping

https://bitly.com/

Bitly

4.75

Bitly is a helpful site which shortens your hyperlinks, so there are fewer characters taking up space.

http://www.linkedin.com

LinkedIn

4
LinkedIn is a social media platform where you can connect with the people you do business with, and share your company updates through direct mes
http://hootsuite.com

Hootsuite

4.5
Hootsuite is a great tool for organising and managing your multiple social media accounts.
 

Chris is Marketing and Communications Officer at UK online centres and uses Hootsuite to manage multiple social media accounts easily.

https://foursquare.com/

Foursquare

0

Foursquare is a local search and discovery social media tool which allows users to ‘check-in’ to different locations and leave hints, tip

http://www.mindjet.com/uk/

Mindjet

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Mindjet is collaborative work management software for brainstorming ideas, organising information and managing projects and tasks

 
 
Rahima Begum, Community Regeneration Officer for Southern Housing Group, discusses how she uses Mindjet to help brainstorm, plan and track ideas and meetings, as well as collaborating in The Cloud.
http://wufoo.com

WuFoo

3.666665
Helping you to listen to others, Wufoo will help you create online surveys. When you design a form with Wufoo, it automatically builds you a database, and collects your data in a way that makes it easy to understand and analyse. You can build tables, graphs and charts, surveys and securely share the results.
 

Sue Oxley and her team are based at a busy community centre in Doncaster. She’s always on the lookout for online tools that will save her time, and WuFoo does just that.

https://maps.google.com/

Google Maps

5
Whether you're walking, driving, taking public transport or you're on your bike, you can use Google Maps to find your destination.
http://www.proprofs.com/

ProProfs

3.5

Originally created to help teachers to quiz their students, ProProfs is a really handy way to send questionnaires or surveys to people's compu

http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/

About My Vote

0

About My Vote is a website run by The Electoral Commission that provides answers to all the big questions you may have about elections, voting and referendums.

https://surveyanyplace.com

Survey Anyplace

0

Survey Anyplace improves your data collection by improving your surveys.

http://www.drupalgardens.com/

Drupal Gardens

3

Drupal Gardens allows you to setup a website based on the Drupal CMS platform.

http://www.justgiving.com

JustGiving

3.142855
A website to make both fundraising and giving as easy as can be, by bringing the whole process online.
 
How the Cathedral Archer Project make use of Justgiving.com
https://about.twitter.com/products/tweetdeck

TweetDeck

3.5
This is a tool that is powered by Twitter to help you manage and track your Twitter accounts. It is similar to Hootsuite but just for Twitter.
http://prezi.com

Prezi

4.4

Create awesome jaw dropping presentations with a tool that's really simple to set up and use.

http://easyfundraising.org.uk

EasyFundraising

4

A very simple way to raise small sums of money, at no cost to them, each time your supporters make an online purchase.

 
 
Derek Rocholl, Barnet FC Supporters Trust talks about how Easyfundraising has been used to raise funds to help a campaign to secure the return of Barnet Football Club to the town of its origin.
http://www.do-it.org

Do-it

4.333335

Advertise your volunteering opportunities free of charge to over 1,000,000 registered volunteers, by working with your local Volunteer Centre.

http://www.groupspaces.com

Groupspaces

3

A collaboration tool for community groups, with email groups, document storage, website, wiki pages and more.

https://slack.com

Slack

4

An amazing team collaboration tool that is essentially searchable, channel-based chat, but done really, REALLY well!

http://www.wrike.com

Wrike

4.333335

Project management software to get your work organized and boost your team’s productivity and collaboration effectively.

http://wordpress.com

WordPress

4.25
WordPress helps you create a free blog, or go further and build your own free non-profit website.
 
If you’re going to stand a chance of getting your name out there, having a website is a must. But it’s expensive and time consuming to develop one, right? Wrong! Richard Wallwork - manager at New Era Trust - tells us how WordPress is one digital tool they simply couldn’t do without.
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/

MyFitnessPal

4
Working to improve health in your community? This tool provides a free diet and fitness community online!
http://www.wix.com

Wix website creator

4.333335

A site that helps you create your own website, even if you don't have any techie skills.

https://10to8.com/

10to8

0

10to8 is an online booking system for small appointment-based businesses.

https://freshmail.com

FreshMail Email Marketing System

0

FreshMail is a browser-based email marketing software to create and send newsletter campaigns.

https://join.me/

join.me

3.5

If you have ever wanted to show a colleague in another organisation something on your computer screen or help a friend with a technical question then this is the screen sharing tool for you.

https://bufferapp.com/

Bufferapp

5
A smarter way to schedule social media content.
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Audacity

3.666665

An audio tool for recording, editing and manipulating sound files

 
Paul Davies
Paul Davies, owner and Managing Director of a Destinations @ Saltburn, tells us about how they use Audacity on projects that have used learner interviews to give an insight into ICT needs.
http://www.quicktapsurvey.com

QuickTapSurvey for iPad & Android Tablet

3.666665

A user friendly mobile survey that lets you create surveys for your tablet quickly and easily. QuickTapSurvey collects opinions and information and collates data, for iPad & Android Tablet.

http://www.mixcloud.com/

Mixcloud

4

A website to host recordings and podcasts.

http://www.goldengiving.com

Golden Giving

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Golden Giving is a donation and fundraising website that is free to use for both charities and fundraisers.

 
NCTLC Trust logo
The National Children’s Tumour Leukaemia and Cancer Trust needed an easy online way to collect donations and to help their fundraisers do the same.
https://www.messagehero.com/

Message Hero

0

Send and receive group SMS text messages instantly to your customers, members and staff.

http://typosaur.us/

Typosaurus

0

Typosaurus is a free online spell checker tool which scans up to 100 web pages for spelling errors.

http://unshorten.it/

Unshorten.It!

2.5

This URL unshortener lets you see where all those shortened URLs will take you

http://dropbox.com

Dropbox

4.5
Dropbox is a free service that lets you keep your photos, documents, and videos in a safe place so you can access them anywhere using the internet, and share them easily.
 
Graham Crerar, Chair of Barkston Ash Beekeepers Association talks about how Dropbox made life easier for the association when it came to sharing files.
http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk

Crowdfunder

3.5

Crowdfunder is a UK based crowd funding platform - think Kickstarter or IndieGoGo.

http://www.qrstuff.com

QR Code Generator

4.6

Create a variety of QR codes to make it easy for mobile phone users to find your website.

http://www.harcvs.org.uk/volunteer/opportunities

Harrogate District Volunteering Directory

0

Open to national and local charities who wish to recruit volunteers in the Harrogate District.

http://www.podio.com

Podio

4.333335

A great website that can be used to manage projects, contacts, issues and much more. Add up to 5 members of your team for free, and the tool becomes a great networked project management suite.

http://www.btplc.com/mydonate

BT mydonate

4
The free fundraising service where every penny goes direct to charity. Start fundraising, sponsor a fundraiser or donate to charity
 
Greg Clark from Childreach International talks about how BT mydonate changed the way the organisation fundraises online.
Greg Clark from Childreach International talks about how BT mydonate changed the way the organisation fundraises online.
https://ifttt.com

IFTTT

3.666665
Use this tool to set up connections between online actions, to help you save time, stay organised and keep up-to-date with your favourite content.
http://evernote.com/

Evernote

4

Evernote helps you capture, remember and manage your ideas and notes.

http://www.ipadio.com

Ipadio

4

A tool that lets you broadcast live to the web from a phone call

http://infogr.am/

Infogram

4.5

Lets you create simple infographics free of charge. No design skills needed!

http://www.lynda.com

Lynda

4

Learn software, creative, and business skills online.

http://ambix.jdrewcreations.co.uk

Ambix

0

Ambix is a private social network for your community.

http://www.scribus.net/

Scribus

3

Scribus is a powerful desktop publishing software that helps you create great looking documents of all kinds.

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/

Eventbrite

4
Eventbrite gives you all the online tools you need to plan an event, promote it via social media, and sell your tickets.
 
Jacqui Thompson, Community Learning Officer for Gateshead Libraries, explains how they used Eventbrite to organise and run a very successful 'e-Day' event. So successful that everyone is now asking when the next one will be!
http://cloud.feedly.com/#welcome

Feedly

5

Keep in touch with your favorite websites by using feedly to subscrib to their RSS feeds.

https://madmimi.com/

Mad Mimi

4

Simple email software for small organisations and clubs.

http://www.buildingcalculator.org.uk

Building Calculator

3
Have you seen or attended a building in your community that you'd like to run? Building Calculator can help you get to grips with the numbers!
http://www.textlocal.com

Textlocal

3.5
The complete mobile messaging service for your organisation.
 

Debs Drew talks about how Textlocal has helped with communications when working with Community Champions.

http://piratepad.net/front-page/

PiratePad

3.333335

PiratePad is a real-time collaborative document/text-editor. Everyone viewing a document sees the same text in real time. You click on the “create a pad” link and then just start typing your document. I have used it to promote discussions and the great thing about piratePad is that you don’t need an account and you don’t have to login.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mindgenius-for-ipad/id524347923?mt=8&affId=19773...

MindGenius

3.5

This mindmapping tool allows you to graphically put down how your project has evolved over a period of time - use on a PC or use the app for iPad

http://www.learnmyway.com/digitalgarage/3421264

The Digital Garage

4
This service, provided by Google, gives you free courses to help you develop the digital skills you need to grow your business or career.
http://www.wordle.net/

Wordle

4.333335

Wordle is a toy for generating "word clouds" from text that you provide.

http://www.dotmailer.co.uk/

dotMailer

4
The dotMailer suite of features help you easily run email and SMS campaigns, and can integrate with your CRM and content management systems.
 
Martin Lord from Northampton & District C.A.B describes how they effectively approached front line professionals within third sector organisations to communicate important Welfare Reform messages
https://www.periscope.tv/

Periscope

4
Periscope provides the easiest way yet to capture film on your phone or tablet and broadcast it live to your Twitter feed, letting you share with the world just what you’re getting up to.
http://do.com

Do

3

Simple tool for organising projects and tasks in secure groups. Ideal for anyone working on multiple projects at one time

http://twitter.com/

Twitter

4.75
Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting. Simply find the ones you find most compelling and follow the conversations.
 

Nicola Wallace-Dean is the centre manager for Starting Point in Stockport and found using Twitter an excellent way of recruiting and communicating with volunteers.

https://flipboard.com/

Flipboard

4

Be the editor of your own magazine!

http://www.gofundme.com/

GoFundMe

3.5

GoFundMe makes it simple to fundraise online for all sorts of things for individuals or groups

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/simplemind+-mind-mapping/id305727658?mt=8

SimpleMind+

3

This free mindmapping app is very usable - the phrase that comes to mind is "a picture means a thousand words" which certainly is very true if you

http://www.glasscubes.com

Glasscubes

4

Share, collaborate, & communicate online. Organize your day to day work, project manage, information, people and files securely.

http://localgiving.com/

Localgiving

4
Localgiving.com is a not-for-profit organisation helping small, local charities and community groups to reach more supporters, raise more money and help more people.
 
With cuts right across the sector and less admin support available, Kate from Deaf Advice Service Sheffield realises that everyone is having to get a bit more multi-skilled... including tech skills!
http://www.goalscape.com/

Goalscape

4

A visual project management tool for goals and target setting.

https://www.givey.com/

Givey

3.5

A social way to make donating easy and fun for your supporters.

http://pinterest.com/

Pinterest

4

Pinterest allows groups and individuals to organise the images they like online, by pinning them on a virtual pin board.

http://goo.gl/

Google Long Url Shortener

3
This free handy tool from google provides a short version of URLs which is easy to paste into emails or use on social media
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/

TheyWorkForYou

4
Want to stay on top of what's happening in Parliament? This website can help! It makes it easy for you to follow the topics you're interested in, see debates and statements, and find out what your MP, MSP or MLA is up to.
https://interests.me

interests.me

5
An email newsletter tool specifically designed for community groups. Free, modern, well-designed, and easy to use. Built by UK community group leaders for community group leaders.
http://www.gntext.com/

Green Text

3.666665

Green Text provides a range of easy-to-use web and email-based end-user applications, to enable you to send text messages simply, quickly and inexpensively.

https://translate.google.co.uk/

Google Translate

4.11111

If you have people in your community whose first language isn't the same as yours, it can be a bit difficult to communicate with them.

 
Nyree from Cambridgeshire Library Learning Services talks about how Google Translate meant a new way to tackle translation problems in the community.
http://www.contractsfinder.businesslink.gov.uk

Contracts Finder

3
Search for live contracts with the local government worth over £10,000. You can also see what's in the pipeline allowing you to prepare for potential opportunities.
https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-gb/

Microsoft OneDrive

4.5
OneDrive is a cloud storage facility, similar to Dropbox, iCloud, etc. letting you store files that can be accessed from any computer in the world with internet connection.
 
Cloud computing with SkyDrive
Elizabeth Richmond of Oasis Training in Plymouth discusses how she has encouraged her clients to use SkyDrive to store, access and send their CVs, as well as other documents, safely and effectively.
http://www.audiosauna.com/studio/

Audio Sauna

3

Audio Sauna is a fantastic online musical keyboard, allowing users to create loops, use a wide choice of instruments, work with multiple instrument

http://streetlife.com/

Streetlife

4.4
Connect and share with your local community on Streetlife - the local social network.
http://www.google.com/hangouts

Google+ Hangouts

4.166665
A video conferencing app from Google as part of the Google Apps family. Catch up face-to-face and host virtual meetings from your desk.
 
Rahima Begum, Community Regeneration Officer for Southern Housing Group, talks about how Google+ Hangouts have been helpful for communicating with both staff and volunteers.
http://www.whatsapp.com/

WhatsApp

5

A free mobile messenger app which allows you to exchange messages without paying for SMS.