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New community map shows Norfolk residents what’s on in their area

PUBLISHED: 13:25 10 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:25 10 July 2018

The Norfolk BrightMap. Picture: BrightMap/GoogleMaps

The Norfolk BrightMap. Picture: BrightMap/GoogleMaps

BrightMap/GoogleMaps

If you’ve ever wanted to find out what’s on offer in your community, a newly relaunched community map is just the thing you’ve been looking for.

BrightMap is a creation of the Diocese of Norwich creation, showing the activities and clubs going on across the county.

Gordon Darley, director of marketing and communications for the Diocese of Norwich, said: “The aim of the Bright Map is to help local people find regular groups and activities near them.

“The majority of local activities and groups, especially in rural communities, are either run or supported by the local church and we want to help people who are looking for a community, who may not think to visit their local church website or notice board, so that they can connect with their community.”

The newly redesigned BrightMap is mobile friendly, and displays all activities and not just those organised by the church.

The map displays everything from parent and toddler groups to debt advice and marriage courses.

It also shows activity and hobby groups such as bell ringing, youth groups and art groups.

Of course, there are also a number of church oriented groups including prayer spaces and Open the Book sessions.

Mr Darley said: “When people search online they are unlikely to search for ‘St John’s Church Toddler Group’. They will often type the activity they’re looking for and location.

“Searching in this way won’t bring up all of the activities near them, as many are listed on church websites which just won’t appear on Google searches due to the engine’s algorithm.”

The new BrightMap website is designed to ensure every one of the groups listed on it’s website are directly found and linked to by Google.

The map also has a short description of the activity or group written by those who run it, and links people with the Church’s website if there is one.

Mr Darley continued: “When I joined the Diocese every map I could find about it either showed parish boundaries or the location of church buildings. Whilst clearly useful for their purposes, to me they did not show the life, vibrancy and the breadth of how the church serves, supports and loves the local community.”

If you spot anything incorrect on the map, email info@brightmap.org

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