A growing relationship
A strong thread within our work belongs to the Church of England. We're currently working with a range of clients within, ranging from numerous individual churches and parishes, multiple diocese, as well as the National Church Institutions (NCIs* for short) in Westminster.
As our 1in10 programme demonstrates, we like being able to help 'the little guy'. So it's been a privilege to work with a range of churches on their digital communications. After having built a number of bespoke parish sites, we were approached by the Director of Communications at the Church of England, Birmingham. The diocese commissioned us to build an open source platform for delivering small Church websites; Django Church. The platforms delivers a range of tools including CMS managed pages, news and events, and we're literally giving it away. Anyone can download the codebase and build their very own instance of Django Church. It's a very different model of delivery, but it's going down well!
To date we've launched two diocese websites, Chichester and Birmingham, with the diocese of Worcester's site scheduled to go live early in January 2015. Before starting to work with dioceses, we'd quite wrongly assumed that they'd all be pretty similar, and in some regards they are. They all need a similar set of core tools, but beyond that, no two are alike. It's been a great experience getting to know their unique characters and delivering unique site for each of them.
Our relationship with the NCIs began in December 2013 with the commissioning of a research project, looking at the replacement of the existing intranet. That process started in January 2014 and has been a year of development. The platform we have built now serves the daily needs of 600 central CofE staff and includes tools including a staff directory, a knowledge base, a document library and an internal reddit-like communications tools that gives every staff-member a sense for the pulse of the organisation. We're incredibly excited by it, as are its users, and we're looking forward to seeing how it's used in 2015.
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