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Bristol hosts the first European do_action WordPress charity hackathon

Words byPiers TincknellFebruary 26, 2018

do_action hackathons are community-organised events that are focused on using WordPress to give deserving charitable organisations their own online presence. Each do_action event includes participants from the local WordPress community coming together to plan and build brand new websites for a number of local organisations in one day.

Who were the charities?

Hands In The Air

A grass-roots charity offering a men’s mental health telephone line in Bristol and the surrounding areas and plan to open in March / April 2018. Our vision is that no man or person who identifies as a man should die by suicide and that they should feel that there is always someone to talk to.



Gympanzees – the first, fully inclusive activity/ leisure centre which will cater for the play and exercise needs of the 58,000 disabled children in the South West. The vision is to open centres around the UK to provide access to play and activity for every disabled child.


Horfield and District Allotment Association [ H&DAA]

The Horfield and District Allotments Association is a Company Ltd by Guarantee. The members are the allotment holders.

The Horfield and District Allotment fields are in North Central Bristol. There are three separate sites spread over 2 or 3 miles, consisting of 6 allotment fields. Four of the fields are adjacent on Golden Hill in Bishopston, bounded by Monk Road, Longmead Avenue and Kellaway Avenue. The other 2 fields are Grahams Field in Horfield and Birchall in Redland.

The Association leases the sites from Bristol City Council and they are managed by a Committee which includes the representatives from each field.


Third Sector Solutions

Third Sector Solutions is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. Third Sector provides employment and training support for unemployed people and people with support needs through advice and placement work, training delivery, counselling services and work projects.

Our Mission is to create learning environments and a support framework which allows the individuals we serve to take their own steps towards self-awareness and to fulfil their innate potential.


Bristol Disability Equality Forum

Bristol Disability Equality Forum (BDEF) is an organisation of Disabled people who live, work or study in the Bristol area of England.

The Bristol Disability Equality Forum was set up as a community group by Bristol City Council in 1995. They did this so they could consult Disabled people about how to improve disability equality in Bristol and advise them on barriers to this.

do_action Bristol WordPress Hackathon - Photo by @tessc_a

What was the aim of the day?

5 teams set out to create 5 new websites, one for each of the chosen charities. Each team was made up of:

  • 2 x Developers
  • Designer
  • Project Manager
  • Content Editor
  • Quality Assurance / Accessibility Tester

Social media posts from the day


A really amazing day, it was so great to see a large group of people come together from the WordPress community and help make a real difference to the 5 chosen charities.

Already looking forward to next year.

The next do_action event will take place in Zurich

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Piers is a co-founder of Atomic Smash and heads up the user experience design and project management in the studio. He is also the best contact for any new business enquiries.

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