A new social networking site designed to help Bristol-based volunteers provide ‘good old-fashioned community help’ has been established. Started by two Bristolian entrepreneurs, Simon Hills and Saf Nazeer, Helpfulpeeps.com aims to connect volunteers with charities, start-ups and individuals in need of a helping hand. It is trying to create a “money-free economy”, based on karma rather than currency. Their new office is in the Engine Shed, by Temple Meads, Bristol.
The origin of the scheme, according to Hills and Nazeer, stems from the statistic that more than one in two adults would like to spend more time volunteering. So far, their results have supported this claim; since rolling out a pilot of the project last year, the site now has 10,000 members and continues to grow. Anything from teaching someone a new language to offering to move a sofa can be made possible through the website.
Having already succeeded in making Helpfulpeeps available to every resident in Ashley Ward, the duo are now in the process of launching neighbourhood by neighbourhood across Bristol. Anyone wanting to get involved can sign up at www.helpfulpeeps.com, safe in the knowledge that, in the words of the two who began the scheme, ‘it’s free and it always will be’.