Sight loss charity overhauls website

National Lottery funding has helped Sight Support Derbyshire improve the accessibility of its website.

Joe Lepper | 9th Apr 19

A sight loss charity has relaunched its website after receiving National Lottery funding.

Sight Support Derbyshire used funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to draft in Derby based creative agency 22Create to overhaul its online presence.

The website has been redesigned with a greater focus on accessibility and following testing and development ideas from the charity’s visually impaired members.

This includes an option to change text sizes and colour schemes for the site’s text and background.

“We wanted the website to be tried and tested before it went live, so we asked for input from some of our visually impaired members who are interested in using technology,” said Sight Support Derbyshire Chief Executive Claire Winfield.

“22Create were keen to expand their knowledge of accessibility, and were very understanding of our situation as a small charity. Websites are a necessary part of the day to day running of any organisation now, but it’s difficult for a small charity like ourselves to fund this kind of project so we were very grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund.”

Accessibility features

Danielle West, 22Create Account Manager, added: “It’s been a pleasure to work with Sight Support Derbyshire on their new website. Implementing features such as the option to change text sizes and colour schemes, to ensure the site is as accessible as possible for visually impaired people, was a great experience for us and has allowed us to understand the considerations that go into building a resource like this one.”

“It has developed our understanding of Sight Support Derbyshire’s work, and also added to our skills when it comes to designing and building websites – something we will be able to take forward into all our future projects.”