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OSCR website gets new look

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Scotland's charity regulator launches new website in a bid to make it more accessible

A new website has been launched by The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), increasing functionality for users.

The website, launched this week, has been updated for the first time in over three years.

It aims to make the site “easier to use, easier to understand, and easier to find what you're looking for”.

The search function has been enhanced to make it more accurate.

New functions include a public tab which contains general information about OSCR and Scotland’s charities, and a charities tab, which has more detailed information to help support charities.

OSCR said it has improved the website to make it more evidence-based by analysing what users have downloaded and using this information to prioritise material.

The site is now said to use everyday English, with the regulator promising to move away from legal language.

Information is structured in bite-size chunks, followed by more detailed information which then links through to technical guidance.

The regulator tested the website with several groups of charity representatives and advisors and incorporated their feedback before the website was launched. It is also developing its social media presence, and this will become increasing prominent on its website said OSCR.

It is also adding more online training services, and has said that, should the demand be there, it has the option for more interactive services.



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