Homestart Initiatives

by John McGeechan
Homestart TorbayHome-Start Torbay Is a childrens charity serving the Torbay area of Devon. Torbay contains some of the most deprived wards in the country and the charity helps families with children that are experiencing difficulties. Support is provided using locally recruited and trained volunteers. The initiative has been running for 20 years and is an integral support structure for the local community


Home-Start Torbay approached Simpler Solutions and requested a portal that could serve a multitude of purposes including acting as a recruitng forum for new volunteers and as a contact resource for professionals working in the Torbay area. The website needed to also offer content management facilities to allow staff to take complete ownership of the site. Since then we have rolled this low-cost service out to other HomeStart initiatives in order to fulfill our commitment to providing affordable IT support to community-based third-sector and charitable organizations.