Website workshop October 2009
Fellowship Website Workshop
21 October 2009
The second Fellowship website workshop was held at Highgate School and run by Fraser Robertson, the Head of Curriculum ICT at the school. It followed a similar format to the first, in Manchester, in providing an open and extended session in which charity representatives could find out more about the technical possibilities in managing their own website.
Representatives from St Mary's Centre, the Feathers Trust and First Story attended and clearly got a great deal from the day. Fraser had taken considerable trouble to seek out a range of free software options which can make all the difference to uploading and editing material. His calm and helpful guidance was quite outstanding.
Reactions from the charity representatives who attended made the whole enterprise entirely worthwhile.
Katie Waldegrave from First Story wrote:
" Today Tamsin and I learned a skill which will help us both in our professional lives and specifically in what we can do to make First Story better. But we also left having achieved a task which would have taken days to do. We have also saved the charity thousands of pounds because until this afternoon, out of ignorance, I was going to accept a quotation from a web designer to do something that we can now do. The intensive time that Fraser gave to us and the utterly tailored and practical training was without doubt the best training I have ever attended. It was a brilliant concept for training and Fraser was astonishingly patient and skilled in delivering it. I feel empowered and ultimately the children we help have benefitted."
Stephanie Hallin from the Feathers Trust responded in the same vein:
"Thank you very much for organising such a splendid workshop yesterday. It was lovely to see you again and to meet Fraser who was great - very patient and understanding with a complete novice such as myself and able to explain everything very clearly, in other words a splendid teacher!
It was a very informative workshop and I feel that I have gained a lot from it in terms of being able to change our existing website. I may even try creating one from scratch due to Fraser's influence - he made it seem so easy...
I should like to thank the Rank Foundation for giving smaller charities such as the Feathers Association opportunities to go to these workshops. It really helps the voluntary sector to have such events organised for us: we learn a great deal and have the opportunity to network and find out what is happening elsewhere in the charity field which broadens our horizons."