Here in Dorset we are really pleased; our dedicated project website is now live! www.dorsetmacmillanadvocacy.org.
The website was developed by local media firm RAW Media based just across the road from the Dorset Advocacy Offices here in Poundbury. When we approached them with initial ideas about creating a site they quickly grasped the concept of the cancer advocacy project and were keen to help us out. Very generously RAW not only donated their time and resources to design and develop the site but also arranged free hosting.
The website will serve not only to publicise the project to prospective service users and volunteers but also offers a quick referral route as we have incorporated a secure online referral form. We know that busy professionals have very little time to spare – we are hoping that offering this fast route may be an additional incentive for them to refer when they encounter those individuals who may benefit from advocacy support.
Our volunteers got the opportunity to user test the site at our recent anniversary event and gave us lots of positive feedback and gave some sensible suggestions for edits. One of the local Breast Cancer CNSs told us that she felt that having the website made a helpful addition to simply giving patients leaflets to take away.
The website has only been live for a week or so but we are really pleased with it and will be tracking referral sources to see if and how it is being used. It has taken a few months to get it together but here in Dorset we are proud to have been part of a successful collaboration between local and national charities and local business.
Jen Rimmer, Dorset macmillan Advocacy