Focus: Communications - Site Visit - www.positivelywomen.org.uk

Positively Women is the only national charity providing support for women living with HIV and run by women with HIV.

Working primarily in London, the organisation has more than 1,000 beneficiaries seeking advice on issues as diverse as immigration, finance and stress.

It relaunched its website to coincide with World Aids Day last month.

Main pages

As is the case with many charity websites, Positively Women keeps its homepage simple but effective - logo, mission statement and helpline number are all prominent in a basic but not unattractive design.

The site's three principal sections - 'information', 'get involved' and 'about us' - all boast interesting and useful features, including 'hot topics', 'upcoming events' and 'user involvement' respectively. The list of services the charity provides, such as one-to-one and peer support, is impressive and detailed. However, you might be left wondering why this only appears as a sub-section of 'about us' when it would arguably be better placed as a fourth main section.

Special features

In a competitive sector, Positively Women's willingness to include links to other HIV-related services displays a true dedication to its mission.

Sample pages from its newsletter, stories from beneficiaries and a downloadable version of its report also give the impression of an inclusive organisation.

Positively Women says:

"As the charity's 'online face', the new site allows women to access specific information related to their needs. We wanted to keep navigation as simple as possible, make the site user-friendly and ensure the design reflected the feel of the organisation."

Site Visit is by Tony Hodson

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