Manage Projects

Whether it’s help with running your organisation, a big funded project or just a small community activity sometimes we all need a bit of help with managing resources and day to day tasks such as sharing documents. There are many digital tools that can help make managing a community project or activity easier and save you time and money. From sharing documents, managing diaries and meetings to project management and maintaining the organisation’s ICT infrastructure. Whatever it is you do this section can help you get started to use technology in different ways and change the way you work for the better.  Add your top tools and share your experience with others. 
Here are some of Community How To member's favourites to help you get started...

http://signup.com/volunteerspot/index

SignUp.com

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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.spiderscribe.net/

SpiderScribe

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

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

Google Apps

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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.podio.com

Podio

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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.

https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-gb/

Microsoft OneDrive

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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.do-it.org

Do-it

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

http://www.wrike.com

Wrike

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

http://infogr.am/

Infogram

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

http://www.google.co.uk/analytics

Google Analytics

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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.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://batchgeo.com/

Batchgeo

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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.

http://hootsuite.com

Hootsuite

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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://join.me/

join.me

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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.

http://www.goalscape.com/

Goalscape

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A visual project management tool for goals and target setting.

http://www.doodle.com

Doodle

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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!
https://www.givey.com/

Givey

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

http://www.gofundme.com/

GoFundMe

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

https://www.coursera.org/

Coursera

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

http://www.glasscubes.com

Glasscubes

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

http://dropbox.com

Dropbox

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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.
https://slack.com

Slack

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

http://twitter.com/

Twitter

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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.

http://www.landshare.net/

Landshare

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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://www.mindmeister.com

MindMeister

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Superb online collaborative mind mapping

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

MindGenius

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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.strikebase.com/

Strikebase

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

http://skype.co.uk

Skype

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

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

PiratePad

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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.

http://www.groupspaces.com

Groupspaces

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

http://easyfundraising.org.uk

EasyFundraising

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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.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.

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.
http://www.buildingcalculator.org.uk

Building Calculator

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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://wufoo.com

WuFoo

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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://www.wetransfer.com/

We Transfer

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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.slideshare.net

Slideshare

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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.justgiving.com

JustGiving

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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
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://localgiving.com/

Localgiving

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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://evernote.com/

Evernote

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

http://do.com

Do

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

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk

Crowdfunder

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

https://www.yammer.com/

Yammer

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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.
https://trello.com/

Trello

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

http://commonplace.is

Commonplace

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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://drive.google.com

Google Drive

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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://www.messagehero.com/

Message Hero

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

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

SimpleMind+

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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.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows.aspx

Team viewer

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Use TeamViewer for online team meetings and presentations.