We asked animator Richard Shaw about his experiences with Comoodle and why he's offering his skills and equipment to support his local community
How did you first hear about Comoodle?
I’m not sure exactly how or when I first heard about Comoodle – I think maybe it was on the Creative Kirklees website or social media – but it’s something that kept cropping up and that I meant to look into for some time.
What are you offering to the community?
I’m a freelance animator and I also work in schools and youth clubs. Right now, my focus is on setting up a new youth club in Paddock, because there will be no provision for children and young people when the youth centre closes down. I’m fundraising to help cover the costs involved, as well as offering my equipment and services through Comoodle in exchange for a small donation to this cause:
Why do you think sharing among the community is so important?
During this time of austerity, sharing resources is more important than ever. For example, Kirklees Council has had to make the difficult decision to stop providing any open access youth activities, but without safe places to go young people could be put at risk and their life chances could be reduced. This could also lead to an increase in crime and anti-social behaviour.
Issues like this could have a negative impact on the whole community, so individuals, groups, businesses and other organisations will need to come together to help. Sharing through Comoodle is one of the best ways that this and similar situations could be improved.
How else are you promoting Comoodle?
I’m quite new to Comoodle, so haven’t borrowed anything myself yet, but as mentioned I am offering my equipment and services. Using social media, such as posting direct links to resources in Facebook community groups, has quickly resulted in several enquiries. It’s such a good idea that it just naturally crops up in conversation as well.
How far do you think Comoodle can go as a community project?
There’s no real limit to how far this project could potentially go – it all depends on the individuals and businesses within the community and how much they’re willing to share and get involved. As more people join I think it has the potential to grow into something huge that could make a massive difference to the community.
Why do you think businesses should share space using Comoodle?
I think most people would prefer to do business with ethical companies that genuinely care about the communities where they operate. Getting involved with Comoodle is one way to demonstrate this. And if they have space that is otherwise going to waste, why not let other people make use of it? Word of mouth can make or break a business and everyone they help will surely have positive things to say!
What would you say to someone who is thinking of getting involved?
It is quick and easy to register with Comoodle, so I’d recommend that everyone joins. Even if you don’t currently need to borrow anything or don’t know what you could share with others, you never know what you’ll discover or what someone else may need.
To see Richard's generous Comoodle offers visit: www.comoodle.com/groups/eflahfluflah-young-people-s-animation-project
To find out how you could support your community call 01484 456844 or email [email protected]
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