Four second-year students, all studying for a BTEC Level 3 Software Development qualification, have successfully designed and built a new website for free to help out a local charity.

When the Swindon Blind Association approached the College to help them, students Callum Carta, Charlie Copeman-Green, Ryan Obermaier and Jack Manuel all volunteered to work on the project.

The charity helps to support the families of vision-impaired people by providing access to information and guidance.

The initial site that the students built was full of glitches and so they became determined to go all out to produce a really great website. The final website (at www.swindonblindassociation.org) is more interactive with an improved layout and includes interactive tools such as text to speech tool, contact forms, maps and a calendar.

Callum Carta, Lead Developer on the project, says: “I found it a really enlightening and enjoyable experience to work on this website. I’m really grateful that New College gave me the opportunity to do this. I wouldn’t have the skills and knowledge I have now without doing this.“

Mike Beale, Secretary at Swindon Blind Association, says: “The website has everything!  It meets all our requirements for a fully functional website. It has been professionally presented for our target audience of visually impaired users and families of those who need support. It is super easy for users to make contact with us.

“The three boys had great communication skills and updated us every step of the way and were quick to support us and resolve any issues. The chairman and I are extremely proud and happy to have such as a high-class website built by New College students.”

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