The council’s adult social care team, in partnership with Slough Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS), is encouraging all community organisations and charities to increase awareness and visibility of themselves by registering on Google Maps.
The idea behind this initiative is to make it easier for residents to independently find and make use of the diverse range of services available to them throughout Slough.
Additionally it can enable organisations to signpost the people they are supporting to relevant groups and services.
Adding an organisation to Google Maps is very straight forward. To help organisations with this process, the council has created a series of short YouTube tutorial videos to take people through the steps.
You can find the videos by searching for ‘How to promote community services using Google Maps’ at www.youtube.com.
By having a Google Maps listing, an organisation’s online presence will greatly increase, making it easier for the public to find their details, understand their services and reach their location. This is especially beneficial for those visiting for the first time.
Another advantage of being listed on Google Maps is that if someone is looking for a particular organisation or service, the organisation is more likely to pop up in search engine results, as their search engine ranking would be a lot higher, just by being listed.
Councillor Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for health and social care, said: “Our many and varied community organisations and charities provide vital lifelines for so many of our residents. They offer hugely beneficial support and services and we’re always looking for new ways to signpost them.
“Google Maps is a great way of making these services easy to find and understand. I encourage all of our local services to sign up and promote themselves in just a few simple steps.”
Dolly Bhaskaran is the founder of Living in Harmony, a group for people with long term medical conditions to come together and get empowered to manage their own health. Dolly has had a positive experience since setting up her group on Google Maps.
She said: “When I heard that there was an opportunity for me to add Living in Harmony to Google Maps, I thought this would be a great way to promote the group to others.
“It was very easy to set up and after I registered, the group became more visible to the public and people were able to contact me easily. I am very pleased with this service.”
For more information and to view the videos, see the official page.
If you’re interested in getting set up on Google Maps but need some extra help, contact Slough Borough Council: firstname.lastname@example.org or Slough CVS: email@example.com.