Young people in RAF families are often moving homes, meaning it can be difficult to make and keep friends. Airplay is the RAF Benevolent Fund’s flagship youth support programme for RAF families, and is designed to address this issue.
After being awarded the contract to deliver the programme, One YMCA had ambitions to build on the existing face to face offering and add value by utilising digital channels.
They understood the importance of creating something that would be quickly adopted and see ongoing engagement, both by the young audience and also the 25 Station Youth Workers who would be using the platform to help run the programme.
One YMCA gained valuable insight into the young people using the Airplay programme, which informed tangible parts of the final project delivered, from the choice of imagery to the features of the platform.
As a result of the project RAF children have always-on access to a wide variety of events, updates and support offered, and the programme overall has increased perceived value among stakeholders, users and parents.
The platform enables station youth workers to login and manage their own station page with events, resources and activities, giving them more ways to engage young people on the programm.
Through automated CRM integrations and self-service functionality, core admin time at One YMCA has been reduced significantly.
Estimated weekly admin time saved across a team
Surveyed young people agreed the site was well designed
Surveyed young people agreed the site was easy to navigate (23% were neutral)
When we started the development of Airplay Connect it was an idea in it’s infancy. Tom and his team have helped to bring Airplay Connect to life and make it a reality.
Huddle supported us to understand what was possible and find technical and design solutions that were simple and within our budget.
As a new, evolving product there have been times that the goalposts and priorities have changed, but the team at Huddle have been flexible, constructive and solution focussed.
Tom Cavalot, Head of Airplay – One YMCA
After a 3-month period of learnings and observations, One YMCA followed up the initial project with a 6 month development retainer to further develop and adapt the platform to ongoing user feedback and programme goals.