Charity Website Design & Build
For Somerset Scouts
For Somerset Scouts
The Scout Association is the UK's biggest mixed youth organisation. They change lives by offering 6 to 25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities.
Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential. They develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. They help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world. Impressive stuff!
Late in 2016 we were approached by Somerset County Scouts. They were looking for a new website for their County, to give their 4,000+ young people between the ages of 6 and 25 a place to visit for the latest information, news and events. They also wanted to attract new members and volunteers, as well as providing over 1,000 of their volunteers with training resources and course information.
A key element of the project was the ability to amend the website easily. Photos and videos are often added, and events, news and adult training dates need to be changed constantly by multiple different members of the team.
We agreed on WordPress as the content management system for the project, and began working from The Scout Association's brand guidelines to create something extraordinary. Our team put together visuals for key pages of the website before the development team began the coding.
WordPress has been incorporated and further developed to allow for custom functionality such as: upcoming events, a filterable photo and video gallery, adult training course bookings and a location-based Scout Group finder.
A couple of months after launch the website is now performing really well with some impressive statistics. Visitors are returning frequently, and the website has an overall average session duration of over 3 minutes.
Many other Scout Counties have seen our work with Somerset and are now working with us on their websites. To name just a few, we're now working with Hertfordshire, Greater London Middlesex West and Dorset too!
We are over the moon with our brand new website! The team have been so helpful, and have produced a website we can be really proud about. There are so many great features which will make it so user friendly for those already involved in Scouting and for those wishing to join.Rob Cash