Girlguiding gets an online boost

7th September 2012 at 01:00
A website created by students on an HNC computing course aims to win new recruits. Henry Hepburn reports

Four students from Kilmarnock College have designed a website to raise the profile of girlguiding. The students, all on the college's HNC computing (software development) course, were asked to work with Girlguiding Ayrshire North to help with recruitment and highlight some of the most popular activities the girls take part in.

County commissioner Doreen Gray and commissioner Mari Biondi appointed the students following a meeting with Kilmarnock College's head of care, education and business services, Julie Maxwell. They were asked to produce a personalised website with details of events, fundraising, joining, leaders and uniforms.

The team worked closely with Ayrshire North guiding commissioners, meeting regularly to ensure that the specification was carried out to meet the precise requirements of guiding.

The students launched the website at the college. Girls representing all stages of girlguiding were invited along to mark the success of the new website and spend an afternoon with the students behind it.

"The dedicated website will not only help with recruitment as part of our Growing Guiding project; it will also allow us to communicate within the county," said Ms Gray.

"The project was a great success and we wish to thank Kilmarnock College and the students involved for their dedication and excellent work."

Speaking for the college, Ms Maxwell said: "We are delighted with the success of the girlguiding website. Working with the Girlguiding commissioners was a fantastic experience for the students and we look forward to seeing the group grow with the help of the new website."

Units for the college's HNC in computing (software development) include: 3D modelling and animation, object-orientated programming, systems development introduction, IT applications (word processing, spreadsheets and databases), computer architecture, working within a project team, and computer operating systems.

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