Project information

PALS website service

Young people with autism can be some of the most creative in society. We want to harness this and start developing some innovative, exciting, and targeted websites for 3rd sector organisations, whilst developing work-ready skills for our young people.

April 2018 - March 2019

Charity information: Pals Society

Pals Society logo
  • Need


    Helping young people with autism get into employment in a field that matches their talents and interests, whilst contributing to the wider development of the third sector (other charities, social enterprises, and not for profit organisations) who often have to develop their websites on a shoe string.


    We will bring together a team of highly creative young people who have autism or a learning difficulty covering: artwork, graphic design, photography, video creation, sound, animation, website design, and coding. We will bring on board volunteers to help translate requirements into solutions and then unleash the creativity in a channeled manner, delivering bespoke and exciting websites and web applications to meet our customers needs.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Develop a portfolio of skills and achievements to support work-readiness for people with autism


    » Establish customer requirements
    » Design and deliver prototypes in an Agile project environment
    » Present solutions

    What success will look like

    Success in getting our young people into employment using their portfolio of achievements

    Aim 2

    Build the web presence of third sector organisations


    » Deliver world class websites and web applications

    What success will look like

    Links to their websites through and testimonials

  • Impact


    Improved efficiency and effectiveness of online marketing, promotion and volunteering for 3rd sector organisations - through client feedback surveys.
    But above all, an awareness of the potential that our young people have to offer in this area, demonstrated through the products that they develop and their onward careers in the creative sectors. We will track these through our community of PALS


    Recruiting our young people. We have developed a number of channels to accessing the right people and are confident that when the project starts we will have an excellent team.
    Mental health issues. Often young people with autism have had a torrid time in school which leaves them suffering from high levels of social anxiety. This poses a risk to team working and delivery. We are currently establishing Safe Space working practices to help with this.


    Quarterly reports on progress.
    Q1 is setup, and successfully recruiting young people, volunteers, and cutomers
    Q2 is delivery of first four websites
    Q3 delivery of 8 websites
    Q4 delivery of 4 websites and project wrap up.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £58,220

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      Amount Heading Description
      £38,000 YP salaries Five young people on Living Wage working 2 days per week
      £7,600 Mgmt salaries 20% manager cost @ 2* living wage
      £3,500 IT infrastructure 6* laptops plus Network Attached Storage
      £4,320 S/W licences 6* Adobe Creative Cloud Not-for-profit discounted
      £240 Ethical Hosting
      £4,560 Marketing & Promotion Customer event, kick off event, advertising, leaflets and banners, social media advertising

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
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  • Background


    The project is based in the Solent region and will benefit young people aged 16-25 who have autism or a learning difficulty. We will provide website development for small to medium local charities or social enterprises working in our region. We will promote both our beneficiaries and our customers to our communities.


    Our beneficiaries - in this case 6 young people with autism or learning difficulties.
    16 local charities or social enterprises through new online presence and services.
    Our local businesses and communities through increased awareness of the potential that is untapped, and the increased services that our customers can offer.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    This is our focus and is a unique offering. We are passionate about creating a network of social firms that will employ and release their potential in the employment market. We have been working hard this year on pilot projects to ensure that we know how to work with our beneficiaries and to manage their unique life circumstances. We call this Safe Space working.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Steve Bond

    Chairman and founder of PALS Society. Steve will manage the work and all marketing activities.

    Neil Armitage

    IT project manager and Trustee. He will provide the tools and oversight to ensure the project runs smoothly, risks are managed, and reports produced

    Mark Challis

    Trustee and CTO. Mark will ensure that our infrastructure works. he also has access to the technical volunteers that will help with requirements.

    Hannah Dempsey

    Treasurer and accountant. Hannah will manage the finances and project accounts