Free website: aiming to network care groups on the South coast

2011-01-28 00:00

A WEBSITE has been launched to network organisations in the Amanzimtoti area.

The site will provide local charities, NGOs, social clubs, schools and churches with their own pages which they will update and use to inform the public of their role.

The woman behind the website, Dianne Meredith, first had the idea when she heard that the Safe Care House was being threatened with closure due to lack of support.

She realised that she had no idea that they needed support and that she knew very little about what initiatives like the YMCA, the Pregnancy Resource Centre or Seed of Hope did or what type of help they needed.

She said the networking website — www.communitycares.co.za — is a free central resource that seeks to create public awareness of what these projects do and provide an idea of how they can be assisted.

Each of the charities, NGOs and social clubs has its contact details, a map and a facility to update with its needs, news and forthcoming events.

Each organisation is responsible for keeping its own details updated, using the tools on the site’s user-friendly interface.

Meredith said the community website could be used by a range of groups such as sports clubs, gardening groups and lifesaving clubs.

The site will include information aimed at uplifting the community, focusing on issues such as recycling.

Meredith was able to get the website up and running with the help of web-based companies AtomGate and FishNet who developed the site free of charge.

This has allowed the charities, social clubs and schools involved to use it free of charge.

With potential advertising revenue, Meredith hopes the site will be able to sustain itself.

The site can be found at www.communitycares.co.za.

Poeple looking to get involved should e-mail Dianne Meredith at info@communitycares.co.za.

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