PALS volunteer, Lizzie Roe, who also works for West Berkshire Council’s Digital Services Team, has been helping us to update our website.
Lizzie tells us “I became involved in PALS a few years ago and was recently contacted by Helen, the manager, to see if I was available to volunteer for activities after not having attended for a time. I agreed, and now regularly help out at the youth club.
“Helen mentioned in passing that she was working to commission a new website and updating the information and images. I offered to help, and have since spent a little under 10 hours working with Helen to improve the site.
The website uses WordPress, and is hosted by a local company.
“The first thing we looked at was updating the information – which was horribly out of date!
“Previously the sections ‘Who We Are’, ‘Mission Statement’, ‘Who Can We Help?’ and ‘Our History’ were all on one page, so we split out the information onto separate pages. Moving the information to individual pages decreased the size of pages and makes it easier for the reader to find what they want. It also allowed us to use more images, giving a taste of the different activities.
“‘The PALS Committee’ and ‘Activities We Run’ are two of the pages that have seen the most changes.
Helen and I decided to include images and a small bio about the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Committee and images of the other Committee members, to be updated when more become available.
The ‘Activities We Run’ page has been totally rearranged and includes more images demonstrating the wide range of activities PALS does with children and young people. The information has been updated and rearranged into easy-to-read sections.
“We added several new sections to the website including, ‘Testimonials’ and ‘News’. The donate buttons that feature on every page are also a new addition. As PALS is a charity that is entirely funded by donations, it is important for them to encourage donations and make it easy for people to make them.”
Helen said “It’s been brilliant to have Lizzie back with us; she’s a fantastic volunteer and a great asset to have helping at our youth groups. Lizzie has also been the lead person in helping to revamp our website, a task I could never have achieved on my own! We are all thrilled with our new website and it is thanks to Lizzie.”