Scott Richards explains how Edinburgh North East District went about setting up their new website.

We’d been without a working District website for some time and were conscious that when parents in Trinity, Leith and Portobello were ‘googling’ local Scouting provision, the results were not particularly helpful, often pointing to one popular Scout Group website which is actually outside of the District.

So, we initially consulted with the District Executive on what they wanted from a website – distinct from the Region and individual Group sites, and produced a working prototype to show them/gain feedback. Then we invited a wider BETA group of District users to try out the site and make suggestions for features. We logged the suggestions and have been working through the list with regular improvement releases.  This ‘user-led’ development process helps ensure that we provide a website relevant to the needs of the parents and the Groups/Units. Paul Finch at the 64th ENE (Stockbridge) Group has been central to the website design and build.

Separately, we’ve been experimenting with a private Facebook page for leaders only. The purpose of this page is to help leaders share district events and programme ideas quickly and allow online conversations about topics of common interest, away from public gaze. Again, we experimented with a small group of Scout leader users, which was successful, and we are now rolling this out to all leaders (on Facebook) in the district.

Why not visit the site to see what has been achieved?