Our work with community groups

We work with a variety of local community groups including the Balmedie Beach Wheelchair project, Victoria Road regeneration project in Torry and The Sand Bothy in the Balmedie Country Park.

Homepage of the Balmedie Beach Wheelchair project

Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs

New website

Client: The Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs project managed by the Belhelvie Community Trust, Aberdeenshire.

Brief: design a new website to represent the Balmedie Beach Wheelchair project. The site’s design should use the print material design in the choice of colours, images and style. The group were happy with the hosting provider and content management system already being used for The Sand Bothy project so we developed the new site using the these services.

Actions: we researched the work being done by other beach wheelchair projects and the leaflet produced by the Balmedie group. We thought through who would be coming to the site, especially family and carers, volunteers and funders and what information they wanted to know. From this we developed content, pages and new design that tied in with the printed material from the project. We wrote specific content that can be used by search engines (page titles and descriptions) so the site can be found online. We reused images from the project’s Facebook page to show the project at work and families using the beach wheelchairs.

Special features: we created specialised content for the site by researching the specifications of each type of beach wheelchair with manufacturers. This ensures families and carers can see which chair is best for them and check specifications such as size and maximum load. We also used lots of images of the chairs and facilities (hoist and changing area) so carers can see what to expect.

Homepage of The Sand Bothy website created by Doric Design

The Sand Bothy

New website

Client: The Sand Bothy project managed by the Belhelvie Community Trust, Aberdeenshire.

Brief: redesign the site, create new content, page structure and design. Information should reflect the activities at The Sand Bothy and show funders what is happening with the project. The group were happy with their hosting provider and content management system so we developed the new site using the these services.

Actions: we researched other visitor attraction websites (for example the National Trust for Scotland and Environment Scotland) to see what information they were showing to visitors. We thought through who would be coming to the site, especially visitors and funders, and what information they wanted to know. From this we developed content, pages and a new design. We reused images from the project’s Facebook page to reflect the work going on at The Sand Bothy and show visitors and funders what to expect when they visit. We wrote specific content that can be used by search engines (page titles and descriptions) and registered The Sand Bothy with Google MyBusiness so the site can be found easily online.

Special features: we developed an easy updater tool for events so they can be added to the events page. The events are automatically organised into upcoming or past depending on their date.   

Homepage of the Victoria Road School regeneration project website extended by Doric Design

Victoria Road School regeneration project

Extend website

Client: The Victoria Road School regeneration project is joint venture managed by Grampian Housing Association and the Torry Development Trust in Aberdeen. The project is redeveloping a derelict school site in Torry into affordable housing and community space.

Brief: the project’s website needed to be expanded from one page to show the work of the project, how the school site will be developed and promote a community consultation. The current hosting service and content management system, and design needed to be kept as the site expands.

Actions: we talked through the work being done at the old school site and plans for the site with the client. We thought through who would be coming to the site, especially members of the local community, and what information they wanted to know. From this we developed content and a page structure. We wrote specific content that can be used by search engines (page titles and descriptions) so the site can be found easily online.

Special features: using the content management system preferred by the project we created a multimedia page for videos of the site and a photo gallery showing the condition of the site and the work being done by community clean ups.  
Training: we wrote a bespoke training manual and ran a training session so the project can maintain the site themselves.

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Phone: 07851 733 097
Address: Summer’s View, Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, AB23 8YN
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