Welcome to the New SSCY Website! (Part 1)

May 19, 16

Our SSCY Website Redevelopment Committee has worked very hard to design this website and fill it with useful content for you! We’ll use the SSCY Blog to share insider information about SSCY and to let you know what we’re up to. We thought it would be perfect to have our first SSCY Blog post tell you a little about our development process for the new SSCY website and what we have planned for the future!

Who is on the SSCY Website Redevelopment Committee?
The SSCY Website Redevelopment Committee has two co-chairs (Jessie and Kira – the writers of this Blog post!), a member from every SSCY partner, and SSCY client and family advisors. We also asked for ideas and feedback from people who would be using the website, to make sure we didn’t miss anything.

The design of the new SSCY website was something that we were both passionate about, so we volunteered to co-chair the committee as soon as we could! We think it’s really important to have a website that is made for the people using it, and where you can find information quickly and easily. Plus, we wanted to have a brand new website to go with our brand new building!

The Design
We wanted the SSCY website to be kid-friendly, related to SSCY Centre and our children and youth, easy to use, and full of helpful information! Our first step was to find out what kinds of websites other health centres like ours have, to see what we could make. We looked at a lot of different websites, and we soon realized that we liked “kid” websites better than “health care” websites! Kid websites (like the ones for children’s museums and kid’s TV shows) are fun, colourful, easy to use, and make people want to come back. So… we decided to make a health centre website that looks like a kid website! Our clients are children and youth, so our website should put them first.

It took some time to find the perfect designer and web developer, and Relish New Brand Experience has made our vision come to life! Our park theme was inspired by the tree in the SSCY Network logo, and our animals show off the diversity of our children and youth. Our bright website colours match the colours in SSCY Centre. It was important to have our contact information easy to find at the top of every page, and the quick links on the home page make it easy to find out everything you need to know about coming to SSCY Centre. And our near-sighted bee is a friend who follows children and youth throughout the website.

Up next in Part 2 – The Content!