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Websites for charities: Yellow Teapot Club and Ship Splash

by  David Dwyer on  18/10/2013    7694 Reads

We work with numerous charities to help them achieve their goals.

At Inspire, we’re proud of all the work we do. But we’re especially proud of being trusted to build affordable websites for charities.  
 
While helping businesses large and small get online, stay online and get value from being online will always be Inspire’s main focus, we really enjoy helping local charities build their online presence. 
 
It’s also an aspect of our business that we’d love to develop further; we’d love to hear from more charities, community groups or fundraisers so that we can help them too.
 
We know that every penny counts for charities. Their volunteers and hard-working fundraisers also expect that the largest part of the sums they raise should support their charity’s work in the local community, rather than be frittered away on ‘admin’. 
 
That’s why Inspire offers charities special packages and rates, making our affordable websites even more affordable.
 
In my view, a charity website needs to work just as hard as one for a business: 
  • It needs to raise awareness of the cause, what the charity stands for and how it’s run. 
  • It needs to communicate with its members, volunteers and service users by providing up-to-date information about local meetings and activities.
  • Its needs to make it easy for members of the public to support its cause, whether it’s through making a donation, making contact for more information or becoming a volunteer themselves.
  • It needs to make the charity look professional and established, to attract users to the service and support its bids for funding.
  • It needs to thank its supporters, funders and volunteers. 
We took on board all these requirements when the Yellow Teapot Club, a West Lothian charity that supports children and young adults with additional support needs, asked us to build their website.
 
Communication is key. Listings for upcoming events and support sessions are front and centre. Members can also read the latest news and updates, which the charity posts itself using our intuitive Website Management System. Supporters’ logos are prominent and the site is easy to navigate for all types of user.
 
There’s also a prominent ‘call to action’, urging visitors to the site to make a donation through PayPal, credit or debit.
 
The Yellow Teapot Club was thrilled with Inspire’s work. Clare Roberts, Secretary told us:
"We've had some really good comments and feedback on the website so far. It certainly looks good for us in terms of presenting ourselves to possible funding partners. It's a really effective way for us to show potential partners what we're using their generous funding for."
 
Yellow Teapot Club - 3rd Sector Websites from Inspire


In addition to working with the Yellow Teapot Club, we’ve also created sites for SHIP & Splash (September 2011), Scalp4kids (November 2012) and Afri-Link (our first in November 2009)
 
Scottish Association for Cleft Lip & Palate - 3rd Sector Website from Inspire Afri-Link - 3rd Sector Website from Inspire Support Help & Integration in Perthshire (Youth Club) & Splash (Holiday Play Scheme) - 3rd Sector Website from Inspire
 
If you’re involved with charity, or know of one looking to improve their online presence, contact Inspire today. All our charity websites come complete with a screenshot-based admin manual, access to the ‘back-end’ to make updates and a support and maintenance plan.
 
David Dwyer is Managing Director of Inspire Web Development. He has years of experience in a range of web and IT roles plus seven years in sales and marketing in a blue-chip FMCG company. David’s academic and professional qualifications include a BA (Hons) in Business Economics (Personnel) from the University of Paisley, an MSc in Information Technology (Systems) from Heriot-Watt University and PRINCE2 Practitioner-level certification. He is also an active member of the British Computer Society.
 
3rd Sector Websites, Inspire Web Services, The Evolving Web
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