A new website with a mission to bring back community spirit in the digital age is launching in Leeds.
Helpfulpeeps was born from a collective belief that life is better when people help each other.
Founded by Simon Hills and Saf Nazeer, Helpfulpeeps is on a mission to bring back community spirit in an “increasingly disconnected world.”
Since launching in Bristol last year, the pair have grown Helpfulpeeps into an online community of almost 100,000 members sharing their time, skills and knowledge in multiple cities across the UK.
The ethos is simple: ‘ask for help when you want and help others when you can’.
All help on the site is given for free – there are no transactions or exchanges; just good old-fashioned community help.
The website tells users who needs help with what and where, and puts people in touch directly.
Whether it’s cat sitting or learning a new language, moving a sofa or finding volunteers for a charity event, people simply post their request and ask for help.
Members can then respond by commenting or via private message to work out the details.
Saf Nazeer, co-founder of Helpfulpeeps, said: “It’s a fantastic way to get involved in your community, restore your faith in humanity and make new friends.
“So if you need help with something or would like to do a good turn and help someone out, it’s easy to become a member – simply go to www.helpfulpeeps.com and sign up. It’s free, and always will be.”
The website has won multiple awards including Startup Launchpad at Apps World in London. Helpfulpeeps was also selected to be part of The Duke of York’s Pitch@Palace event in April this year.