Comoodle is a relatively new resource in York which gives the opportunity for everyone to support their communities by sharing. If there are things you need to borrow, or stuff you are up for lending, Comoodle is your first port of call.
Do you have wheelbarrows you could share with others? Do you have a room you could let people use? Do you need to borrow some chairs for your next event? Then check out Comoodle.
So how does it work?
Firstly you need to sign up here.
Then you need to choose whether you ‘want to borrow stuff’ or ‘have stuff to lend’.
At the moment you can borrow a portable screen and overhead projector, tools, a decorating table and a whole set of kids football shirts. But it is ever changing as new things come on. And if the item you are looking for isn’t there, you can post on a message board to ask for it.
If you want to lend something out, it is a simple process to list your item. You can lend things for free, or you can ask for a donation if you are a non-profit or charity.
Why would I use Comoodle?
By using Comoodle you can make new connections with other people who have resources to help you. You can help them too, by making your assets and skills available.
Comoodle saves community groups money as they no longer need to buy when they can borrow. It means they can get projects off the ground much more quickly. It is great for experimenting and prototyping activity to see if it works.
You can even find people with skills to solve the problems that keep you awake at night.
Want some examples?
Stuff – here is an example already on Comoodle York, big portable screen; overhead projector.
Space – here is an example of space. Free training room.
Skills – here is an example of skills. Letter writing.
Case Study – here is an example of how Comoodle can really make a difference for community groups.
Comoodle was built after winning a global innovation award from Bloomberg Philanthropies, and is available in York thanks to funding from City of York Council, working in partnership with People Helping People, Live Well York, York Time Bank and York CVS.