Organisations & Campaigners

Prater Raines has years of experience developing and hosting websites and online systems that help campaign groups get their message across to activists and to the public.

Prater Raines support a suite of websites for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations: their Influence PR article aggregating site based on WordPress, their bespoke CPD platform Ladder and the main CIPR website based on Drupal.

When we took over the management and maintenance of their websites a few years ago, it was clear that the Drupal site – based on Drupal 6 – was going to need to be updated at some stage. At that time Drupal 8 was still in Beta, and we were expecting to move straight from Drupal 6 to Drupal 8 when it was fully available.

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APDS website

We’re delighted to have brought live a new web site for APDS – The Association of Palliative Day Services – who are the national representative body formed exclusively for palliative day service professionals in the UK.

The site is, as you would expect from a site designed by Prater Raines, a fully secure https site throughout, and designed to work well on screens from desktop to mobile. We worked with APDS designing them everything from a new logo upwards, and assisting in getting the content in place.

The site is built on Drupal 8 but some of the key areas are the ones you can’t see.

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Sandgate Business Forum

We’ve hosted and updated a bespoke website for the Sandgate Business Forum for some time, but recently took the opportunity to modernise it and move it to WordPress to make updating it rather easier.

Although the site has retained its distinctive colour scheme and “look and feel” it is now much easier to use on mobiles and tablets, and includes a filterable Google Map view of businesses in the area to make finding any business easy.

There have been a host of other enhancements including a Google Calendar events widget to the right hand side, and of course designing to ensure it works well on mobile, tablet and desktop.

The Sandgate Business Forum is a genuinely free business directory for any business based in the Sandgate, Kent area.

Kiron Reid website screenshot

Kiron Reid is a Liberal activist, writer and campaigner in support of civil liberties, the environment and an inclusive, tolerant society. He is a committed internationalist and pro-European. He has written extensively about Liberalism, most often in the British Liberal magazine “Liberator”.

We developed a WordPress site for Kiron with a clean design, splitting content into his focus areas of politics, law and election observation. Like all our WordPress installations we keep it up to date with the latest updates and offer a host of other support – like making his site a https secured site, full daily back-ups, domain name renewal – as standard.

Gurkha Memorial Fund screenshot

We’re building a lasting memorial in recognition of the service of the Royal Gurkha Rifles.

The Gurkha Memorial Fund was initially set up to raise funds to install a memorial statue in recognition of the service of the Royal Gurkha Rifles in Folkestone. Having achieved this aim, it is now moving on to raising funds to maintain the statue and also to educate young people and the wider community locally about the contribution made by the Royal Gurkha Rifles.

Part of this process was to modernise their existing website by moving it from flat HTML to WordPress. Prater Raines was delighted to complete the work, having been long time supporters of both the Gurkha Justice Campaign and the Gurkha Memorial Fund.

CIPR Influence screenshot

We’ve helped the CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) launch a newly designed site to complement their new print and digital offering for members and other PR professionals Influence.

Influence replaces the Conversation website which we built for the CIPR a little over a year ago: a WordPress based website that features both bespoke content and curated aggregated content from a wide range of CIPR members Public Relations blogs and sites.

The redesign required a new WordPress theme and a developing a handful of new plugins to support the revised functionality.

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Tell Mama screenshot

Tell MAMA (“Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks”) supports victims of anti-Muslim hate and is a public service which also measures and monitors anti-Muslim incidents. Their existing website was looking dated so they came to us for help improving its look and usability.

This project involved creating a new design for an existing WordPress installation, with the creation of a customised contact form for reporting hate crimes and anti-Islamic extremism in the UK. The ability to automatically share posts to social media was also added to the site’s functionality.

Faith Matters Screenshot

Prater Raines were delighted to be asked to support Faith Matters in improving and updating their web offering.

This project involved importing an existing Joomla website’s content into WordPress, applying a new design, and then transferring all files, including the MySQL database, to the client’s existing hosting.

The new site needed to aggregate content from the Tell MAMA and Religious Reader sites, and involved the development of a WordPress Plugin in order to allow for the downloading of PDF file reports. The ability to automatically share posts to social media was also added to the site’s functionality.

The Parliamentary Press Gallery was founded in 1803 and now represents more than 300 newspaper, agency, radio and TV journalists who work at Westminster. Since 2014 it has offered internships, in partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, to talented and committed young people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds interested in gaining work experience within the Parliamentary Press Gallery at the House of Commons.

This project required a redesign and refresh of the Parliamentary Press Gallery website. The hosting of the site was moved to our secure servers, with the new site built on WordPress, with a theme modified in house, and with the addition of historically relevant imagery to complement the design.

The War of the Words pop-up HG Wells exhibition is based just a few doors away from us on Sandgate High Street. We were pleased to support the project by putting together their simple but effective web presence to promote the products on sale, reason behind the exhibition and more. Featuring a fully responsive design, the site is easy to use for those searching for details on their phone while visiting the area!

The Sandgate Business Forum website offers free listings to all local businesses and also co-ordinates a free business email list to update businesses on forthcoming local events and news. Prater Raines put together the site, including the design and branding, which has then been reflected elsewhere in the Sandgate Community – from street flags to the Sandgate Parish Council website.

Updated 14/11/2016 – site moved to WordPress and new tools added.

20’s Plenty for Sandgate is the website for Sandgate Parish Council’s 20’s Plenty campaign. The aim of the campaign is to change the speed limit in residential streets to 20MPH.

The site incorporates various WordPress plugins to allow users to support the campaign, sign up to volunteer as part of the campaign, and also to receive newsletters about the progress of the campaign and other 20’s Plenty news.