Comoodle has reached a new milestone – we’ve now helped to make over 150 successful exchanges of stuff, space and skills.
We were pleased to be able to provide a gazebo and some tables for the launch of Connect Housing’s new specialist supported living scheme – Knowl Grove in Mirfield. This brand new purpose built housing scheme is the first of its kind in Kirklees and features six wheelchair accessible bungalows. Residents will be supported by an on-site care team provided by United Response, a charity who support people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities or mental health needs, helping people to live their lives to the full.
Our thanks to Connect Housing and their partners for organising our 150th Comoodle activity. This project has also helped us to take stock of what’s happened so far, and to reflect on what this tells us about how people support each other in Kirklees.
We’ve helped with 151 exchanges so far. Many of these are council-owned equipment that we’ve loaned to local groups, but increasingly groups are supporting each other through Comoodle. That’s something we want to help you do much more of next year.
We know that people worry about lending out equipment, in case it gets lost or broken. We know that accidents do happen, but we don’t want this to put you off lending things. So we thought you’d like to know that of our 151 Comoodles so far, there have been fewer than 10 cases where something has got damaged or lost along the way. In most of those instances, the damage was something very minor and easy to repair (and caused by people not knowing how to use the equipment).
We think these figures are a real credit to our Comoodlers. They show that people do take care of things they borrow and we think it’s an important message to share.
We’re now asking local groups, individuals and businesses to think about what you might be able to share through Comoodle, and soon we’ll be asking you to add some details about these items to our new web site.
By looking back over our first 150 Comoodle exchanges, we’ve also been able to share lots of useful information with our partners, Yoomee, who have created our new Comoodle web site. For example, when you post an item on our new web site that you’re willing to share, you can now include helpful info for anyone who borrows it, to help avoid mishaps.
Our thanks to everyone who has asked or offered something through Comoodle so far. You have helped us to learn a lot about how to make Comoodle work, and we’re looking forwards to the next stage. We hope you’ll stay with us on the journey.