All About Starting a Community Calendar

  • What is a community calendar?

    A community calendar on interests.me is a shared, collaborative calendar of local events which everyone can contribute to. To contribute, an organisation needs to join the community on interests.me, which is a collection of organisations which have something in common, brought together by the co...
  • Who can start or manage a community calendar?

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

    Email us at support@interests.me to start a community. 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 spend this can be used to make the community grow faster or be more successful....
  • What's involved in getting a community calendar 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 site and weekly community email. The community email goes out on a defined day o...
  • How much effort does it take to start or manage a community calendar?

    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 calendar?

    Yes, it's entirely free - however to be the administrator of your community's calendar 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.
  • Can we produce a printed version of the community calendar?

    Yes, we'll support you to do this. We'll provide you with a feed of information from your community calendar which is straightforward to 'copy and paste' into a parish or village magazine, a local newspaper or any other print format. You can decide to exclude some content if you wish. All the ev...
  • Does every community calendar 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 community calendars 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 calendar and who has copyright?

    The community calendars (which aggregate community events and activities) are owned by Interests Media Ltd. Interests Media Ltd owns the copyright on the design of the community calendars and noticeboards, and related community emails. However the copyright on community content (individual even...