PlaceCal is both a software tool and a partnership of community organisations, charities, social housing providers, government services, health providers, and citizens. You can see it in action on our website.

What is PlaceCal?

If you’re here from a community group to find out how to link a calendar, head here and scroll to the bottom.

Our handbook is split into sections depending on your role in the PlaceCal project.


Commissioners are the people who fund the PlaceCal platform. This can either be community groups looking for a tool to bring their neighborhood together, or city or health authority managers looking to help their staff work in a more networked way.

This handbook is for anyone considering commissioning or partnering with PlaceCal in their area. We look at how PlaceCal can fulfil your asset-mapping remit, and enable a transformational change in the relationships between organisations and institutions in your region.

Commissioner handbook


Coordinators are the people working in an area to bring organisations and people together. They could be local community workers, health workers, or community organisers delivering PlaceCal on the ground.

Our Coordinator Handbook takes you through the stages of delivering PlaceCal from inception to maintenance.

Coordinators were previously called Secretaries.

Coordinators handbook


Partners are the people who run community organisations on all scales from large national institutions with local offers, to unincorporated community groups running a coffee morning out their living room.

This guide outlines the benefits for your organisation and outlines what you’ll need to join the partnership.

Partner handbook


Admins are the organisational workers who add and update their information on PlaceCal. They will work with a Coordinator to create a listing of their organisation on PlaceCal, and add their event feed to the centralised daily events listings.

Admin handbook

External Developers

External developers are people who want to use our API feeds for thier application.

External developer handbook

PlaceCal Developers

Developers are anyone interested in working on the open source PlaceCal platform, or who wants to adapt it for their own area.

PlaceCal developer handbook

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