All About Starting a Community

  • What is a community on interests.me?

    A community on interests.me is a shared, collaborative website (and weekly email) which many local organisations contribute to. It includes a calendar of local events and an online noticeboard. To contribute, an organisation needs to join the community on interests.me, which is a collection of o...
  • Who can start or manage a community on interests.me?

    We welcome interest from anyone living or working in the local community who wants to start a community on interests.me. Ideally you will be well connected with local organisations. Often we work with local partner organisations to start a community. These local partners could be parish council...
  • How do I start a community on interests.me?

    Email us at support@interests.me to start a community or fill in our enquiry form here (https://founders6.typeform.com/to/sp6AO6). We work with carefully selected local partners or umbrella organisations to start communities. It doesn't have to cost anything, however if you have a budget to spe...
  • What's involved in getting a community up and running?

    ♣ Acting as a gatekeeper – you’ll receive an email when any new organisation asks to join and you’ll need to decide if it’s appropriate (and email them if you’re not sure). ♣ Very light curation of the content of the community website and weekly community email. The community email goes out on a ...
  • How much effort does it take to start or manage a community on interests.me?

    There is not a lot of day-to-day effort involved, but getting things started is the main task. Being the administrator for an interests.me community is a little bit like being an administrator on a Facebook Group, except the levels of activity are likely to be lower, since Facebook Groups invite...
  • Is it really free to start and run a community?

    Yes, it's entirely free - however to be the administrator of your community's website and weekly email requires you being approved by us to do so. We make money by recruiting an exclusive sponsor for each community that successfully gets off the ground.
  • Does every community need a sponsor?

    No, not when it is getting started. Once you're up and running and there's something to show a sponsor, if you are able to find us a suitable sponsor, that's great. If not, we will approach local business owners to get a sponsor. If a sponsor is not forthcoming, don't worry - we will not close do...
  • What are the best examples of communities on interests.me?

    Some good examples are: Horsell.interests.me - a village community calendar Worthing.interests.me - a community calendar for the voluntary sector Guildford.interests.me - a more inclusive calendar run by the local Voluntary Action Woking.interests.me - a town's calendar run by the Borough Council
  • Who owns the community on interests.me and who has copyright?

    The community websites (which aggregate community events and activities) are owned by Interests Media Ltd, who also own the mailing lists for each community. Interests Media Ltd also owns the copyright on the design of the community websites and community emails. However the copyright on commun...