1. Merger, website changes and what's in a name...

    Posted by Michele Carers.org at Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:31 pm

    Hi all,

    Those who have dropped into the recent web chats with Liz (Chief Exec of PRTC) and Anne (CEO of Crossroads Care) will know that the two organisations are merging very soon - on 1st April we become 'Carers Trust'.

    This is a heads up on how our website is also going to be changing soon...

    What will be different:

    1. The design will change to reflect the new brand, name and colours – especially the home page, but all pages will look different in design.
    2. The section called 'Find your local centre' will change, so that the map includes a list of all our centres plus all Crossroads Schemes. You'll be able to search for all of these on the same map.
    3. The details of all Crossroads schemes will be listed on our site
    4. About us - info about our work and vision will be updated. Some content will be moved over from Crossroads.

    What will not change:

    1. We're keeping the same address http://www.carers.org (if you've bookmarked any pages, no need to update these).
    2. We're keeping the same top navigation and main sections - the links at the top of the page will not change, so should be easy to find your way around the site.
    3. The way the discussion boards and chatroom work will not change - apart from hopefully gaining some new members. :)
    4. You'll still be able to reach our Online Support team, Ewan, Sam, Claudia and Susannah via support@carers.org

    When will it happen:

    The website changes will go live the week starting 19th April.

    In the meantime you'll see more info and news about the merger appearing - especially on the 1st April when we officially become one.

    What about Facebook and Twitter?

    Twitter:
    @carerstweets will stay as our address on Twitter.

    Facebook:
    1. From 1st April we will have a new Facebook page for Carers Trust (facebook.com/carerstrust). Facebook do not allow the name of a page to be changed, once you have over 100 fans.

    2. We will also keep the existing page for The Princess Royal Trust for Carers (facebook.com/carers), as in Scotland we will still be known as The Princess Royal trust for Carers. From the 1st April this will be the page for those based in Scotland, or interested in the latest Scottish news / discussions.

    Phew! - hope that gives you a good picture, but let us know any questions.. or even if you don't like surprises and want a sneak peek of new design, email us at web@carers.org.

    We'll do our best to keep you updated on merger news as it happens!

    Best wishes, Michele

  2. Re: Merger, website changes and what's in a name...

    Posted by swissmiss at Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:48 pm

    That all sounds good! Same site, better information.... :D

  3. Re: Merger, website changes and what's in a name...

    Posted by Kaz29 at Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:37 pm

    Look forward to seeing the new site :):D

  4. Re: Merger, website changes and what's in a name...

    Posted by onmybiketoo at Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:58 pm

    will there be someone in the new set up that will ensure that advice remains impartial , where any conflict of interest may be ? can not think of any at the moment.

  5. Re: Merger, website changes and what's in a name...

    Posted by Online support team at Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:05 am

    Hi onmybiketoo,

    Could you explain a bit more? We'd like to answer your question but we're not quite sure what sort of advice you mean, or what conflicts of interest might have come about because of the merger.

    Very sorry if we've missed something obvious - it's happened before...! :D

  6. Re: Merger, website changes and what's in a name...

    Posted by onmybiketoo at Sat Apr 14, 2012 12:48 pm

    I do not know a lot about crossroads, hence my question , are they run as business is there any profit motive that could come into conflict with the motives of charity part of the organisation ?

  7. Re: Merger, website changes and what's in a name...

    Posted by Online support team at Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:26 pm

    Hey there,

    Crossroads was another national charity for carers, that worked in a similar way to The Princess Royal Trust for Carers: there were lots of independent local centres, as well as a national charity that supported them and did most of the national campaigning and policy work. The two organisations have actually collaborated quite often over the past couple of years.

    So, now that the merger has taken place all the local centres and schemes are still running (because they are, and always were, independent organisations anyway) but we've become one national charity rather than two. Most of what we do will still be the same, but we should just be a bit more efficient and a lot more noticeable about it!

    To summarise, then - the aims of the two organisations were very similar (and neither was a business), and now that we've merged we have the same priorities as we did before, but with more colleagues and a louder voice.

  8. Re: Merger, website changes and what's in a name...

    Posted by Michele Carers.org at Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:31 pm

    just testing - pretend you haven't seen me :)

  9. Re: Merger, website changes and what's in a name...

    Posted by onmybiketoo at Thu Apr 26, 2012 4:28 pm

    thanks for the clarification.

  10. Re: Merger, website changes and what's in a name...

    Posted by superuser at Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:36 pm

    Website admin - please ignore
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