I'm a Development Officer for a partnership of three family counselling and mediation charities in Lanarkshire, Scotland. We're interested in setting up a new website to promote the work of the partnership, we're particularly keen on a WordPress install as it seems the easiest to set-up and update ourselves. Without pleading poverty, we really don't have the money to pay a designer, the services we offer are free of charge and they're expensive to run; training a volunteer counsellor costs £3500! We're largely volunteer led and rely heavily on donations to keep the three services running. You know what's coming next...
We're looking to work with a webdesigner to create a WordPress theme that will look and feel like a standard website, not like a blog. It won't need to do terribly much, simply provide a few pages on the counselling and mediation services we offer, have a news page, a contact page, a bit where we can upload Word documents for people to download, such as referral forms, etc and the ability to capture users' email addresses for a mailing list would be great.
We're more than happy to use an existing free template and having it tweaked a little, we can supply all the necessary logos, photos, blurb, etc. We're fairly open when it comes to the overall colour scheme, although it would be nice to have a random image generator on the header, as with the Cutline theme (I've been having a nosey at the various themes out there!).
This would be an ideal opportunity for a newbie designer to build their portfolio or an existing designer to feel warm and fuzzy about doing some work for charity. You'll be allowed a permanent link to your design portfolio/site at the footer of each page. More importantly, each of the three charities involved is a member of a national umbrella body, we'll be mailing out the website launch info and a link to members across the country, giving your work some serious exposure indeed.
So if you've got the time to tweak an existing WordPress theme for a charity partnership please get in touch!
PS: I'll give the full names and charity numbers of our three organisations at the request of anyone who replies.
PPS: We're not sure whether to go for wordpress.org OR wordpress.com, I understand the differences between the two and we'd probably be happy to go for either, whatever you're comfortable using!