Internet matchmaking services are nothing new, except most of them are not the sort of thing you'd want to spend much time on, at least, not in front of the children.

Just Do Something ( aims to encourage people to get involved in civic life by providing a searchable database of public appointments and non-executive voluntary roles, such as trusteeships.

You can search by organisation, type of role, geographical area or the time commitment involved.

A "self-assessment

tool asks prospective volunteers questions such as "How much time do you have?", to match potential participants with the most suitable roles.

This is just the sort of thing for which the internet is suited. Instead of leaving people with a phone number and hoping they will get in touch, the site takes them further down the road to deciding if they want to participate and how.

Organisations wanting to get opportunities listed on the site can do so online, but must apply by email for the necessary password.

There were still a few bugs on the test version of the site that we looked at, but Common Purpose, the charity behind Just Do Something, aims to have these ironed out in time for the official launch in a couple of weeks.

Created by Common Purpose with support from NTL and the Financial Times.

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