I would like to thank you sincerely for enabling our parish to use VocalEyes to help develop our Neighbourhood Plan.

Right from the start you provided clarity and commitment to help us assess whether we should use this tool.

Once we had made that decision you provided excellent advice, training, documentation and support to help us become sufficiently proficient in the use of the system and also help us to get engagement from our local community.

The level of engagement was considerably more than I expected and this will really help in shaping our Plan.

Many users have commented to me about how well VocalEyes worked for this exercise.

We are now starting to turn the ideas into action to improve our community.

Thank You

Simon Proffitt
Chair, Neighbourhood Plan Advisory Committee
Broughton & Old Dalby Parish


When the VocalEyes model was introduced to the Local Action Group (LAG) it was soon clear that it could offer a unique, innovative and interactive platform for engaging communities in an open and democratic process with the potential to help create viable, vibrant and sustainable communities.

A more traditional community engagement survey could be seen as a one-off, static consultation whereas VocalEyes is a ‘live’ and ongoing process that is responsive and continually builds momentum and capacity for communities to self-organise. The platform also means that it could be rolled out across either 1 or all 8 eligible wards – it offers a great degree of flexibility that is an attractive feature, plus it is available 24/7.

The LAG also wants to ensure that young people are engaged and involved and it is felt that this IT-based interactive approach would appeal to this particular cohort. A major advantage to VocalEyes is that individuals can ‘see’ what others are thinking and join in conversations about particular ideas, and vote for them to gather consensus.

The process is visible and dynamic and could play a key part in building resilience in rural areas.

Chair, Local Action Group