Wednesday, 19 February 2014

What does joining Scope mean for Netbuddy?

 

As we get closer to launching the new online community with Scope, we thought we'd take a moment to answer some of your questions about what the future now holds for Netbuddy.

 

Will Netbuddy continue under the same name?

No, Netbuddy will no longer keep its name, however we will continue to do exactly what we've always done – share tips and ideas, swap information and support each other in the forums.
Scope is developing a brand new website, where our new online community will sit. It will allow us to do so much more than we currently can on the Netbuddy site, and to reach a far greater number of people.

 

What will happen to the tips and forums?

You will still find all the tips on the new site, but it will be much easier to search for information. You will be able to join groups and follow discussions on topics of specific interest to you, for example sleep or challenging behaviour or Down's Syndrome. Our wonderful site experts and champions will be coming with us to Scope, plus we will be introducing a whole new range of specialist advisors.

But isn't Scope just about cerebral palsy?

Scope's vision relates to all disabled people and their families. The charity's history is linked with cerebral palsy and it retains a specialism in this area, but its services and activities are available for everyone. At Netbuddy, our specialism has always been in learning disability, but a lot of our tips and information are useful for all disabled people and their families. We hope, by combining our individual strengths, we will create something truly useful.

 

Scope doesn't feel as friendly or as small as Netbuddy. Will it be the same?

It's true we'll be reaching a lot more people by joining Scope, but when something's this good, isn't it only fair to share it?! We've started something unique at Netbuddy, and we're delighted we now have the opportunity to take it further. By joining with Scope we'll be able to swap ideas and information with even more people in the same situation as ourselves. We'll be able to share conversations and support each other on a much greater scale. What's not to like?!

Why are you doing this?

Hopefully we've already answered this question to a certain extent. This is a fantastic opportunity to support more families, so they have the information they need at times of crisis. Nothing beats being able to talk to someone in the same boat, when you've got a practical problem to solve. By joining Scope, we're simply building a bigger boat!

When will all this happen?

Our new online community will be unveiled in the Spring. Scope is currently re-designing its website, and we will be part of that once it launches. We are now in the process of moving all the tips, forums, blogs and info packs to their new home. If you are a forum user, we'll be contacting you shortly. Otherwise, keep watching this space for further information.

If you have any questions or concerns about the new community, or you'd like to offer your services as a site champion, please feel free to email me at emma@netbuddy.org.uk

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