Orchard Trust embraces the web to promote innovative services for people with disabilities

Feb 20th 2010

Based in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, The Orchard Trust is an independent charity providing an innovative range of high quality services for people with disabilities. These include residential care, respite care, supported living, domiciliary care, education, staff training and day services.

With a new superbly equipped house in Lydney and a state of the art 'Swim Gym' about to be launched, the Trust has developed a new website to help promote their services to potential new clients who may require supported living or residential care, as well as their extensive range of education and training-services.

Developed by Cardiff based web agency, Imaginet, the new site provides information on the homes managed by the Trust, their education and training services as well as the vacancies available, with many lovely pictures of the clients, staff and homes.

Orchard Trust homepage

Launched in late February by Mark Harper, the MP for the Forest of Dean, the site should help to attract new clients and students to the Trust. Speaking from the launch event, Mr Harper said:

"It is always a pleasure to see the latest developments at The Orchard Trust and the website and new ‘Swim Gym’ which is launching shortly, are great examples of just how innovative an organisation the Trust is."

Gareth Jones, the Trust’s new CEO also commented:

"The new website should help greatly in raising awareness of the fantastic services and facilities we have at all five of our homes, as well as our accredited training and education services. We also want the site to provide a space for our clients to share their own experiences so that it has a more inclusive and interactive feel."

The website uses a content management system enabling staff at the Trust to update the site themselves at any time, including the ability to add videos and images. Imaginet worked closely with the Trust to develop a site and new branding that effectively conveys the culture and innovation, whilst enabling staff to take complete control of the site themselves.

Imaginet's Marketing Manager, Paula Dauncey said:

"We’ve enjoyed working on this lovely project for the Trust and will continue to work closely to ensure the site ranks highly in the search engines and meets expectations over the long-term."