Getting Started

How do I search for a group, event or activity?

There a a number of ways you can search for a group, and event or an activity on Sutton Onboard. The easiest way is to type something into the search bar at the top of the page; this can be anything from the name of the group to something you'd be interested in finding, or even just the name of where you live.

You'll then be presented with a page full of groups and events which you can look through by clicking on either tab. You can also sort these by date, members and ratings to find the right one for you. On desktops you will even be able to see all of these on a map by clicking on the Map tab.

If you don't want to use the search bar you can click on Browse at the top of the screen, which will take you to a page with all of the groups and events on it, along with a list of all of the different categories available.

Sharing on social media

Things are better when they're shared, and things on Sutton Onboard are no different. There are a number of different things that can be shared and different ways this can be done.

Events can be shared by clicking on the small "share" icon next to the event. This will allow you to share the event via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. Simply click on the network you'd like to share it on and you'll be taken to that site directly.

Joining groups

Joining groups will let you get updates and alerts whenever that group adds new events and activities, as well as showing that you support it.

Simply visit the group page and click on the "Follow this group" button - that's all you have to do!

You can also leave groups at any time by visiting that group and clicking on the "Unfollow this group" button.

How do I start a group?

The easiest way to do this is to click on the "Create" button on the top of the screen on your desktop, or the three bars icon on your mobile device followed by clicking on "create". This will take you to the Create a group page.

On this page you will be asked to complete a few boxes to tell us more about your group and the sorts of activities it is involved in. There are a number of different types of activity you can choose from, simply select up to ten from the list. This will help people to know what you do and in future receive updates and recommendations.

Once you have completed all of this information you will be asked to login (if you've not done so already) or register for an account.

The group information will then be sent to one of our team of moderators to look over before it goes live - this is to make sure that people don't claim to represent an organisation when they don't have authority to actually do so. We try to get all groups approved within two working days, but usually it's much quicker than this.

After that, you're ready to go!

What are Groups?

Groups on Sutton Onboard are the same as groups in real life - these can be formal groups and organisations with constitutions, regular meetings and a schedule of activities or might just be a group of mums who meet in the library every Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone can start a group on Sutton Onboard and start advertising what they are all about and what they do.

How do I update my profile?

To update your profile you will first need to log in to your account, which you can do by clicking on the login button in the top right of your desktop (or the icon of a person on a mobile device).

Once you have logged in a new button will appear called 'Profile'. Click on this and you will see information about yourself, the groups you have joined and events you have attended. To update your profile click on the 'Your details' tab and then click on edit.

Don't forget to click on 'Update' when you're done!

How do I sign up?

To sign up you will need to look for the 'Register' link. On a desktop this will be in the top-right of your screen, while on a mobile device this will be replaced with a small icon of a person.

Click on this and you will be taken to the registration page where you will be asked to fill in a few details. Once you have completed all of the boxes and ticked the box to say you agree to our privacy policy and terms and conditions you will be registered and ready to go!

Other Questions

Why is this called a 'Beta' version?

Beta versions of websites are those which are stable but which are also in the process of testing, review and development. Sutton Onboard is a brand new website, and we are adding new features to it all the time.

This won't change how you can use it and shouldn't be a problem at all, but from time to time we might discover a bug that needs fixing or add a new feature for you to use. All we ask is that you bear with us while we make Sutton Onboard as good as it can be.

We have a plan for which features we are adding, and once all of these have been completed and everything is up to speed we will move this from being a Beta version to being the fully-fledged system.

What does "Search by date" on the groups page actually mean?

The option to search groups based on date actually sorts them based on when they were created. The aim for this is that this should help newly created groups get a little bit more exposure as they start their journey on Sutton Onboard.

Technical information

What is open source?

Open source is a kind of software. It is different from other software because the source code is available to everyone. The source code is a set of instructions for the computer, written in a programming language. Anyone can see how the source code works and can change it if they want to make it work differently.

The opposite of open source is closed source. Closed source software is not available to everyone. Open source is almost the same thing as free software.Open source and free software have been around for decades. They became more popular with the Linux and BSD software communities. To protect the code, a special user license is used. The most common kinds of licence are the GPL, BSD and LGPL. 

The Open Source Movement is led by the Open Source Initiative.The open source movement became separate from the Free software movement in 1998. You can find out more about Open Source at

What is Sutton Onboard built on?

Sutton Onboard has been developed using Umbraco, the popular open source Content Management System (CMS). It has been modified and built upon and includes additional features not part of the core code and it is planned that all of this will be released under the open source licence and be available for download at Git Hub.