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Hello there,

WaggleB is a new free 'one stop shop' service for young people, designed to take some of the strain out of finding out what to do in Swindon. A whole range of positive activities are listed there - and the site is growing all the time

Instead of having to visit lots of separate sites to find out whats going on, simply visit WaggleB at waggleb.com and search for the type of activity you're looking for. There's also a downloadable App with other freebies, so you can search from your mobile or tablet.

WaggleB are also looking for Swindon based youth clubs, sports clubs, societies, venues, charities or interest groups to come along and join in. Its free to register and (subject to approval), what you've got to offer the young people of Swindon will be publicised there for free too. All you have to do is visit the site and follow the guidelines for registration.

You can also find us on Facebook at facebook.com/WaggleB please come and 'like' us and find out more.




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Re: A new 'one stop shop' for young people to find out what's on in Swindon
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2013, 05:03:57 PM »

Re: Above post.

Members opinions sought: Do members want the above treated as:


  • A genuine service for young people provided by Swindon Borough Council
 

  • A commercial advertisement for 'paid-for' (i.e not free) activities and services.
 

  • Other.
 

Please discuss.

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Re: A new 'one stop shop' for young people to find out what's on in Swindon
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2013, 06:05:26 PM »
I would treat this the same as when the Cats Protection lady once said to me when I muted to her that although they had a 'get you cat neutered free scheme' some of the owners could afford to pay.

Her answer was "We know that! We do it for the cat -not the owner" and used her judgement about who those who couldn't pay and those who wouldn't pay.

So I think we look at it from a 'we are helping YOUTH', rather than whoever posted it up here.
and let's face it - Youth needs all the help it can get.
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Re: A new 'one stop shop' for young people to find out what's on in Swindon
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2013, 06:14:57 PM »
Looks pretty genuine to me. Although the things listed on the site aren't all free to take part in, some are, and as far as I can make out, anyone within reason can register and post their own activities, and they don't have to pay to do so.

As the site appears to be run by SBC, it would make sense to launch it pre-populated with information about all the things on offer from SBC's leisure services so that there's some content from day one, but I expect that to change as more providers register.

So although many of the things listed on the site are paid-for, I don't think the site itself counts as a commercial operation.
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Re: A new 'one stop shop' for young people to find out what's on in Swindon
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2013, 06:17:33 PM »
It doesn't reek of commercialism to me- looks OK and a genuine information resource  :)

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Re: A new 'one stop shop' for young people to find out what's on in Swindon
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2013, 06:21:30 PM »
I'd be more concerned if it didn't have safeguards on it, but it seems to have those and I suspect that some willing volunteer is doing the actual page.  Wouldn't be surprised if it hasn't come out of the Youth Council and Daniel Rose might know something more about it.

I notice SMASH is on the actual web site, so that's a charity thingy, possibly others haven't taken advantage of it yet, because they don't know about it or it's slipped them by.
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Re: A new 'one stop shop' for young people to find out what's on in Swindon
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2013, 08:07:19 PM »
I am pretty sure one of our regular TS posters is involved with this as they sent me a link to this on facebook approx a month ago and wanted feedback.    I will let this person identify him/herself and also send this person a private message CCing Dougal in alerting them of this thread.

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Re: A new 'one stop shop' for young people to find out what's on in Swindon
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2013, 03:44:02 PM »

Not particularly interested in who the target group of a directory service is although I do have more than a passing interest in the philanthropic/commercial ratio.

Is 'WaggleB' backed by/organised/paid for by SBC, run by volunteers, paid for by a local philanthropist or what ?  I don't want the shop-front presentation btw, tell me who works in the stock-room and out on the loading dock and whether local politicians are involved :)

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Re: A new 'one stop shop' for young people to find out what's on in Swindon
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2013, 04:42:09 PM »
I'd almost guarantee this is not funded by SBC - they ain't paying for anything like that these days these days.

I suspect that it's a 'partnership' thing and like COOT said I think one of our regular posters put it up or directed someone to come here and do it. 

I think it might be the result of a meeting about 'what's on for youth' and the usual, 'lets put up a web page' to let them know what on with a general message going out for others who provide a youth service to 'advertise' their events - you'll note it's not exactly a vibrant web site. i..e. the words not got out yet.
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Re: A new 'one stop shop' for young people to find out what's on in Swindon
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2013, 06:36:34 PM »

I'm not going to suspect, speculate or make assumptions on the basis of no knowledge.

I'm content for CoOT's contact to supply a bit more info before I form an opinion either way or pass fuerher comment.


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