somewhereto_ helps young people find the space they need to do the things they love.
Olympic legacy project somewhereto_ enables young people to use empty buildings and spaces for creative pursuits – putting idle space to great use and helping young people follow their passions.
However, although young people could search for and request the use of spaces online, matching people with spaces wasn’t so simple. The model was originally reliant on administrators uploading the available spaces and supporting young people to agree a time and date to use the space. While this route was important to build, test and prove the concept, it had become a barrier to scale and growth.
Livity, the award-winning youth engagement and marketing agency behind the project (in partnership with Legacy Trust UK), wanted support to automate the matching and booking of spaces, streamline processes, decrease the man hours required, making it more efficient and significantly reduce the running costs of the platform / delivering the project.
This will allow them to engage with more young people, providing them with a much-needed outlet for their creativity, revitalising underused spaces and allowing a significant increase in the giving of time, space and resources.
• The brand new somewhereto_ digital platform, supported by the Innovation in Giving Fund, launched in March 2014. Check it out at www.somewhereto.com
• Somewhereto_ has helped more than 6,000 16-25-year-olds make good use of over 310,000 square feet of idle space, for projects ranging from film and theatre production to fashion shows, business start-ups to dance performances – and much more.
• In December 2012, somewhereto_ went on to secure a further £7m from the Big Lottery Fund to support its UK-wide expansion and help put more underused spaces to good use.
Livity was awarded £50,000 in the second round of the Innovation in Giving Fund to develop a new mobile-optimised website, with an automated match-making function online, to significantly increase the giving of space and time from space-holders and positive use of space by young people.
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