The ebi.scot website was launched in late October 2020, after local organisations came together to explore the idea of a community website. Recruiting volunteers for the EBI Unites Community Pantry service and providing an online option for people to ask for help, was the main reason for the initiative.
Research identified examples of other community websites which showed the value of having wider content about community life and in promoting local areas as attractive, welcoming places. These included: Paisley, Wantage, Grassington
There was some debate around the suggestion that a community website is not needed, due to the use of social media channels by local people and groups. However, there was general acceptance that a community website would serve a different function, acting as a shared digital space for all, regardless of participation in social media channels which is known to be variable. The website will provide a single source of reliable and consistent information about our communities; the potential to create something like a digital town centre and a digital town hall was seen as a positive, creative opportunity. So, the consensus was to proceed, without financial risk, using volunteer effort and a free web service. Some highlights from the period since ebi.scot first went live are below.
A second version of the website, professionally designed and hosted, has been enabled by a grant from the Scotland Loves Local Fund. The new website will be live in early Spring 2021. This development represents the start of a continuing project to explore how digital technologies can be used for community benefit. Early examples of this include:
For more information or to discuss anything that interests you in the EBI Digital project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.