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Websites for charities

Castlegate specialises in designing and developing websites for charities and not-for-profit organisations of all sizes.

We’re lucky enough to have worked with some amazing charities and not-for profits over the years; from local ones like York Museums Trust, Yorkshire Philosophical Society, MySight York and SASH to national and international organisations like Community Catalysts, Good Neighbours Network and Animal Aid Unlimited.

For organisations that rely on fundraising and public support, a well-designed website can make all the difference. At Castlegate, we take our role in the community seriously: we’re passionate about our work in this sector and dedicated to building highly effective websites that help charities and not-for-profits accomplish their goals.

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Grow and develop

We understand the challenges facing charities and the important role that a website can play in promoting awareness, raising funds, and connecting with people.

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Flourish online, succeed offline

That’s why we work closely with our clients to create beautiful and functional websites that help charities to flourish online. When you choose Castlegate, your website will be coded by our team of in-house developers and we will provide ongoing support and training to ensure you get the most out of your new charity website.

Sector specific experience

With over 15 years of experience creating websites for charities, we have the knowledge and experience to make your new website a success.

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Animal Aid Unlimited

Animal Aid Unlimited is an animal rescue charity based in Udaipur, India. Having grown substantially since their old website was built – to the point where they receive thousands of online donations each week – AAU needed a new website that would better represent them online and enable them to accept donations from a wider variety of sources.

We built a bespoke high-performance WordPress site for AAU, basing the design around high quality photographs of staff, volunteers and rescued animals. The new website features a versatile payment system powered by GiveWP, which enables Animal Aid Unlimited to easily process one-off and recurring payments from a variety of sources in both American dollars and Indian rupees.

Learn more about Animal Aid Unlimited

Safe and Sound Homes (SASH)

SASH is a York-based charity with a network of hosts who are able to provide support and accommodation to young people facing homelessness. They asked us to build a website which would raise their profile and increase their engagement with the public; while also facilitating donations and enabling young people to easily find the help they need.

We carefully researched the charity’s demographics to produce a website which efficiently delivers the right content to the right people. The site is built on a user-friendly content management system which allows hosts to log in and update their availability, and allows SASH to easily share news about the important work that they do.

Learn more about SASH

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York Museums Trust

Supported by York’s City Council, York Museums Trust is responsible for some of the city’s most important cultural venues. We were asked to produce a new website for the trust and its four most important venues: York Castle Museum, the Yorkshire Museum, York Art Gallery and York St Mary’s.

We worked with excellent Manchester-based design agency Bert to produce a network of consistently branded and easy-to-navigate websites. All of the York Museums Trust websites are managed from a single content management platform, making it easy for the Trust to disseminate news and information via the main Trust website and selectively share this with the relevant venue websites.

Learn more about York Museums Trust

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Survive provides much-needed support to men and women in North Yorkshire who have experienced sexual abuse. We were asked to build a new website for Survive which would play several important roles: encouraging people to use the services offered by Survive, raising awareness of their cause, and attracting volunteers and donors.

The visual appearance of this website was really important. We worked with Survive’s choices of imagery to produce a personal and welcoming feel, and we adapted their logo into banners and other site elements to really make the site unique. Dedicated sections for news and survivor stories enable Survive to easily expand the content on the site and keep service users and supporters updated with their important work.

Find out more about Survive

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Biovale is a Community Interest Company (CIC) dedicated to connecting bio-based researchers and innovators in Yorkshire and the Humber. We developed a site to directly aid Biovale in its goal of establishing the region as a world-leader for bioeconomy innovation.

A fully-featured members’ directory enables users to keep up to date with events, find funding opportunities, and network with other users and member organisations. Social media integration, newsletter sign-up and a blog enable BioVale to stay connected with its users. A vibrant and modern visual design was essential in promoting BioVale as a trustworthy organisation to an international audience.

Find out more about Biovale

Small Good Stuff

Small Good Stuff connects local caregiving organisations with people in their communities who need support. Having built the original Small Good Stuff site previously, we were asked to work on the site once more to update the design and implement some new features.

We built the site around the WordPress content management system and plugins, which we used to build a directory of caregivers which can be filtered by geographical region and support type. New organisations can sign up to the Small Good Stuff directory using a form on the site. Once approved, support providers can manage their own information on the site, allowing support users to easily find the information they need and get in touch.

Learn more about Small Good Stuff

Tang Hall Big Local

Tang Hall Big Local is a Lottery-funded project that aims to make the Tang Hall area of York a better place to live over the next 10 years. An important part of the project is a website that will enable local people to build a community, making connections, organising events, and learning more about each other and the place they live.

Find out more about Tang Hall Big Local

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MySight York

MySight York provides support and advice to a membership of 1,100 visually impaired people living in the York area. It is a long-established and widely respected member-led charity providing person-centred services from when sight loss is first diagnosed. Its complementary services are available without a referral from any other organisation: their mission is to help anyone live well with sight loss.

We pride ourselves on coding standards-compliant sites to give users with accessibility aids or highly customised setups the best possible chance at navigating the site, but this site had to go further. The site has to function as a potential starting point for visually impaired users without experience of web navigation, but who want to access MySight York.

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Yorkshire Survivor’s Pathways

Yorkshire Survivor’s Pathways is a comprehensive directory of the support services available to survivors of sexual violence in Yorkshire and Humberside. Working with Survive, we created a simple and easy to use directory, powered by WordPress for easy content management.

Learn more about Yorkshire Survivor’s Pathways

Good Neighbours UK

Good Neighbours UK is part of the Good Neighbor global network. They carry out projects around the world that protect and promote the rights of children. They also help create sustainable communities and aim to strengthen global partnerships. Good Neighbours UK also advocates for the rights of the most vulnerable people in society.

Learn more about Good Neighbours UK

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Community Catalysts

Community Catalysts are a not-for-profit organisation centred around a small collective of highly skilled professionals. The organisation’s aim is to help local people help other local people. They offer bespoke solutions in people-led social care and health and bring their values, creativity, and passion to everything they do.  Their work has local impact and national influence.

Learn more about Community Catalysts

Get in touch and let’s discuss how we can help