Connected Places was born out of a requirement for The Royal Borough of Kingston Council in 2018. Following an in-depth market review the council decided to commission the co-design and development of their own digital platform to facilitate social prescribing in the borough.
Aligning with the Government Digital Service (GDS) Manual was fundamental to the project. A key tenet of the standard is that new platforms should be made “in the open’' with code being developed under an open source license.
Following a competitive tendering process, Ayup Digital were appointed and subsequently forged a close and collegiate relationship with both the Digital & IT team and the local VCS (Kingston KVA). The project team engaged a wide range of stakeholders during an in-depth discovery phase which was followed by a co-design and agile development phase.
The result of this initial piece of work with Kingston was version 1.0 of the platform. It was released under AGPLv3 license and made available for other local authorities and like-minded organisations to re-use and benefit from Kingston’s investment.