Open Up

Project overview

Open Up is an online guide to youth and family services in Laois and Offaly. The website is aimed at young people, their parents, friends, teachers and other professionals. It contains a full directory of all the services available in the two counties plus other useful information and resources. The project was driven by the local CYPSC (Children and Young People’s Services Committees) who worked with Youth Work Ireland Laois to secure funding from Healthy Ireland. We were invited to design the logo and website with input from their youth advisory panel. It was a very interesting project to be involved in and we were delighted with the finished product (as was the client).

As mentioned above, we designed the logo in collaboration with their youth advisory panel. The process involved a series of brainstorms where we sought their opinions and input. It was a valuable exercise because we learned a lot about what was important to them and it made them feel included and important. In fact, it was one of the participants who suggested the name ‘Open Up’ for the website. It was a name that immediately resonated with everyone present and was quickly adopted as the most suitable option. We’ve been involved in many projects over the years where people pay lip service to consultation and collaboration. These guys took it seriously and did it properly.

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In the client's own words

We worked with Passion to create a new website to target young people primarily but with lots of add ons too. The feedback has been great since we launched it - people are very positive about the design, usability and overall feel of the website. The team in Passion really stuck with us to get everything just right and was very responsive to any edits we had along the way. The site is really straightforward to update which is great and we look forward to adding more content and features as we move forward.

Niamh Dowler - Open Up CYPSC Co-Ordinator Laois/Offaly Children and Young People’s Services Committee