Using Zoom to Create Online Communities


Creating spaces for community online has never been more important, but for some of us this can be daunting. This is why we asked BUD (Businesses Under Development) to deliver a workshop for the Semble community demystifying Zoom. In BUD’s brilliant webinar we were joined by community groups across the UK and beyond to get into the nitty gritty of using Zoom to bring people together.

We were joined by community leaders wanting to use Zoom for all kind of activities, from training volunteers online, to classes for refugees, from staff socials, to community gardening workshops.

Georgina and Marilena have kindly shared their workshop slides with us so we can all brush up on our Zoom skills and stay in touch with our communities.

This guide explores:

  • How online tools can support your community work
  • How to make the most of Zoom’s features, including polls, breakout rooms and screen-sharing
  • Practical tips for preparation and security
  • A handy checklist to make sure you’re ready for your Zoom session

Thanks so much to Georgina and the BUD team, now let’s go forth and change the world – digitally!

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About the Author:

Josie Howard
Keen to make the world a kinder place, Josie supports the campaigns and community teams at Semble to help bring people together. She has worked with migrants, taught sex education and is a lover of all things Latin America. Her interests include food, reading, and dreaming of being a beekeeper.