Those of you who follow TheSite or YouthNet (the charity that runs TheSite) on social media will know that today we've made a huge announcement..
We're planning to join forces with Get Connected!
Yep, it's big news! Our plan is to merge the two charities to create a new, super organisation. We believe that by teaming up, we can offer you guys the chance to get more and better support.
For example, Get Connected run a phoneline and offer 1-2-1 support. Together, we'll be able to add that to your options, meaning you can come to us for info on TheSite, the boards, chat and 1-2-1 support. That's pretty exciting we think
Who are Get Connected?
Get Connected are an amazing charity for under 25s who aim to hook people up with the right kind of support, whatever their situation. They do this with their site, where they have an online list of organisations, a phoneline, email service and webchat.
So you could ring them up to talk about pretty much anything, have a chat with someone, who will listen and help you find the best place to get the info, advice or support you're looking for.
There are a few reasons we think this is a great idea..
First of all, it'll mean we can offer support to more people. As one charity, we'll simply be able to do more! There'll be more of us, so we might be able to things like run more chats (that's just an example - we haven't quite decided how it'll all work yet!)
We'll also be able to give everyone more choice when it comes to the kind of support you'd like (e.g. articles, videos, the boards, various types of chat, 1-2-1 phone support etc.)
Finally, it should also make it easier to bring in the money we need to keep everything going.
How will this affect TheSite, chat and the boards?
The plan is to keep doing everything we currently do and at some point start adding extra things, like a phoneline.
This means that all the info on TheSite, the boards and live chat will keep working as usual.
As we'll be a new charity, we'll also have a new brand. We're not sure what that might look like yet, but it could mean getting a new logo, a fresh look and maybe even a new name!
When is this all happening?
Pretty soon if everything goes to plan. We hope to get all the organisational stuff ready by Christmas (things like moving office, sorting out staff teams). Then we'd like to start rolling out new services and our new look in the spring.
It's all a bit up in the air at the moment while we work out how the best way to do things.
Err, I still have questions..
Great! Feel free to ask away below
We'll do our best to answer them, but bear in mind that a lot of things are still undecided.
UPDATES (check back here for the latest)
02/03/16 - We're launching a new name & logo on Monday (7th March)
07/03/16 - Meet The Mix - our new name
11/03/16 - The Staff account becomes The Mix (use this to send the mod team private messages)
13/04/16 - Choosing a new background - Which is your favourite?
21/04/16 - New background chosen (thanks for your help!)