I have had many conversations in the past few months about how access to the internet and digital technology is supporting people living with dementia to enjoy an enhanced quality of life. People living with dementia suffer from a variety of conditions ranging from social isolation and depression to behavioural changes and memory loss. For family and friends there are the additional emotional traumas of being with a person who may not recognise them or remember their shared life.
In April, when we set out on our first year of our research and development partnership with the Nominet Trust, we had in place a pretty robust six stage social innovation model, which we had been evolving and refining over several years of work in behaviour change and product design.
OurHousing is an exciting new online service that helps social housing landlords and residents share their experiences with the aim of improving services.
11th October 2013
The idea is simple – anybody with an experience of a Housing Association property can tell their story online and engage in an open dialogue with others around it. Landlords can also reply and benefit from new insights, including the benchmarking of their services with other providers.
The website is being backed by Nominet Trust who seed-funded its development in conjunction with OpinionWise Ltd who will manage and moderate the service as an independent intermediary.
Supported by Actor Daniel Radcliffe, Get Connected, the UK’s free confidential helpline service for under-25s, is launching the first ever charity helpline App of its kind on Monday 14th October.
10th October 2013
‘Get Help’ with the new Get Connected App will give 14-25 year olds access to the Get Connected Helpline in their pocket via phone, text,email, webchat and the online directory, WebHelp 24/7. Uniquely featuring geolocation software, the App gives information on the most local help available. Last year 95,000 young people contacted Get Connected about a wide range of issues including homelessness, self-harm, bullying and drugs.
The number of people in Britain who are using the internet has risen, reaching 78% of the population aged 14 years and over as compared with 59% in 2003. Yet according to the latest survey of British internet use and attitudes, conducted by the University’s Oxford Internet Institute, more than half of those who go online do it without enthusiasm. Nearly one in six (14%) users felt the internet was taking over their lives and invading their privacy.
The Flip Yourself team will be launching a closed trial of a new web platform that helps young people showcase their achievements and employability skills. I have written a brief summary of the process we've been through with the aim of sharing our approach to software development.