Site Visit: Cornerstone

Helen Lock looks at how the learning disabilities charity's new website reflects how it has grown


Organisation: Cornerstone
Agency: AVC Media Enterprises
Spend: £4,000 - part-funded by Scottish Enterprise

Cornerstone provides services for adults and children with learning disabilities in Scotland.


Cornerstone wanted to improve its website, first launched in 2009. It wanted the site to reflect how the charity had grown over the past few years, lend itself more to appeals and increase its reach to different users across Scotland. The charity also wanted staff to be able to make small changes to the site without having to rely on an outside agency.

Design and content

The previous website was only a home page, whereas the relaunched site has several pages for the charity's different functions, including fundraising and volunteering.

Headings are emphasised by a brush of paint, in keeping with Cornerstone's new branding. The design is basic but easy to read and navigate - one quibble is that the 'About' slot is not on the top navigation but at the side. There is information on all aspects of the charity, a donation page, ideas for fundraising and events, and links to social media, making it a much more sophisticated platform.

Special features

One effective new feature is an events calendar, to which users can upload forthcoming events. This allows the charity to get in touch with event organisers and provide them with merchandise. It also helps to create a sense of community on the site.

Cornerstone says:

"We wanted a modern site to which our staff could make changes, if needed. We now have more information and a better connection with our supporters and social media."

Navigation: 3
Accessibility: 4
Innovation: 3
Content: 3
Total: 13 out of 20

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