I worked alongside the team at Hands Up for the end-client The Consortium for Street Children (CSC). CSC are a great charity that I and Hands Up have worked with before who bring together other charitable organisations, NGOs, and researchers to advocate for, and promote the rights of children living on the streets around the world. We were really pleased that they trusted us with helping them on this new project.
CSC wanted to build a global, online community of practice and learning, enabling people and organisations exploring resilience-based approaches to working with street-connected children to share their learning and collaborate in their work.
We advised on appropriate platforms for doing this as well as the non-technical challenges of community management. We built a website for the project and set up self-hosted, open-source forum software to allow participants to communicate effectively. All built with modern development practices, and hosted, integrated and supported by the Hands Up team.
We’ve created a new, mobile friendly WordPress website with a clear and welcoming design, and we have built a platform for global community engagement at low cost and using modern web technologies.
The site is built with Roots/Sage WordPress development framework and uses Gulp, Bower, Composer, Guzzle and a bunch of other clever things to aid development and optimise the site.
The forums run on the self-hosted, open-source Discourse platform running on a cloud VPS which the Hands Up team manages and supports.
We’ve even integrated WordPress with Discourse to pull data between the two systems and to optimise the user experience for participants.
We’re really happy with the result and we hope this important community of learning will thrive.