Focus: Communications - Site Visit

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations is the umbrella body for the voluntary sector in England, with a membership of 4,300 organisations, ranging from large national bodies and development agencies to community groups and volunteer bureaux.

Last month the NCVO launched its new-look website, designed to allow charities "to access information on the sector in a faster and simpler way".

Main pages

The NCVO is keen to point out that most of the revamped site's most relevant content can be accessed with just one click. One look at a homepage full to bursting with links and you can well believe this to be true.

As well as a clear horizontal main menu bar and accompanying list of quick links to features such as the umbrella body's manifesto and key facts and figures, the homepage boasts information on this year's annual conference, details on the six national hubs and the latest on the Charities and National Lottery Bills. Throw in links to the latest NCVO publications and you really do have it all - the only surprise is that it doesn't feel at all cluttered, perhaps because the new NCVO branding is really rather pleasant.

Special features

AskNCVO is a neat section containing the umbrella body's offerings on advice and best practice. A potentially daunting area, its division into 11 subsections helps create a much more easily navigable database for those wishing to make use of an absolute ocean of information.

NCVO says:

"We hope the new site will be much easier to navigate - about 85 per cent of what our visitors come to the website for will be just one click away from the homepage."

Site Visit is by Tony Hodson

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