Introducing our new online community!

We are excited to announce that our new online community is now live, and waiting for you to join! Please do check it out and tell us what you think.

You can visit the online community from the homepage of our website. It only takes a minute to register, and once you’ve signed in, you’ll be able to set up your own profile page and introduce yourself to others.

The new community represents the best of our old forums and also incorporates content and features from Netbuddy, which merged with Scope earlier this year.

Those of you are familiar with Netbuddy will recognise many of the features people enjoyed before, including the wonderful community champions, who will be there to welcome you to the site and make you feel at home.

Our community champions come from all walks of life – some are parents, some are professionals and some are disabled people. They have all volunteered their time to make sure the community is a safe, supportive place to be.

In addition to our community champions, we also have a growing number of community advisors, who can answer your questions in their specific area of expertise, such as education, sex and relationships, and behavioural issues. From time to time, they’ll also be joining us for web chats and live events, which you can find out more about in our forum news.

New features

There are lots of new and improved features in the new community too, such as the ‘thanks’ button, which lets you thank people for their advice … and links to social media, so you can instantly tweet or share information you have found useful. Now you’ll be able to follow discussions and topics you’re interested in, and you’ll be notified when people comment on conversations you’ve either started or joined.

You’ll see we’ve set up some groups you may want to join, for example a group specifically for disabled people and a parents and carers group. There are also forums for discussing practical issues, such as work, money, benefits, equipment, technology and education. There are almost certainly going to be others people will want to set up, and we’d love to get your feedback on this. Please let us know if you’d like us to create a new group for you.

This is just the first stage of the new online community.  We’ll be developing it further over the coming months, so please tell us what you’d like to see. Next, we’ll be bringing over the tips from Netbuddy, so this is really just the start.

If you would like to know more about the tips and Netbuddy, you can read the Netbuddy story here. We hope you enjoy using the new community and swapping ideas and information with other people. This is your space, so let us know what you think!