Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Introducing our new online community - join today!

We are excited to announce that our new online community with Scope is now live, and waiting for you to join! Please do check it out and tell us what you think. 


You can visit the online community from the Scope website. It only takes a minute to register, and once you’ve signed in, you’ll be able to set up your own profile page and introduce yourself to others.

Those of you are familiar with Netbuddy will recognise many of the features people enjoyed before, including our wonderful community champions, who will be there to welcome you to the site and make you feel at home. Our community champions come from all walks of life – some are parents, some are professionals and some are disabled people. They have all volunteered their time to make sure the community is a safe, supportive place to be.

In addition to the community champions, our community advisors (previously site experts) have also joined us on the new site, and they will be waiting to answer your questions in their specific area of expertise, such as education, sex and relationships, and behavioural issues. From time to time, they’ll also be joining us for web chats and live events, which you can find out more about in our forum news.

New features

There are lots of new and improved features in the new community too, such as the ‘thanks’ button, which lets you thank people for their advice … and links to social media, so you can instantly tweet or share information you have found useful. Now you’ll be able to follow discussions and topics you’re interested in, and you’ll be notified when people comment on conversations you’ve either started or joined.

You’ll see we’ve set up some groups you may want to join, for example a group specifically for disabled people and a parents and carers group. There are also forums for discussing practical issues, such as work, money, benefits, equipment, technology and education. There are almost certainly going to be others people will want to create, and we’d love to get your feedback on this. Please let us know if you’d like us to set up a new group for you.

This is just the first stage of our new online community. We’ll be developing it further over the coming months, and next we’ll be adding the tips from Netbuddy. We hope you like the new site and continue to enjoy swapping ideas and information with others. This is your space, so let us know what you think!

You can visit the online community from the Scope website, and registering only takes a minute, so why not join today!

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