Digital technology has already transformed how we communicate, how we work, how we learn, how we shop. At a time of accelerating climate change, a growing ageing population, persistent unemployment and increasing social inequalities, we urgently need to realise the potential of technology for social innovation. This is not simply about adding digital to existing services but making imaginative use of digital technology to fundamentally re-think - and radically reform - how we address significant social challenges.
To support the launch of our latest provocation paper, 'Can online innovations enhance social care', we are delighted to introduce a new series of blogs from the author, Shirley Ayres. As a qualified social worker and marketer, who has worked within the care sector for over 35 years, she has extensive experience of helping organisations to understand the value of digital engagement.
Over 30% of children under the age of 13 say they have a facebook profile. We know from talking to teachers and children this number is much higher. Schools are increasingly having to deal with issues which begin online, within social networking sites. The traditional approach of locking down access to the internet no longer works as children increasingly access the internet via mobile devices and in unmoderated enviroments.
Alzheimer's Society has been extremely fortunate to have received a grant from Nominet Trust to support our exciting online behavioural therapy pilot project for people with dementia and their carers. We are due to publicise and go live with the trial very soon and look forward to promoting this with Nominet Trust over the coming months. This project has the potential to have a huge impact on the way carers of people with dementia access timely and accurate information and support in their demanding caring role. The support that Nominet Trust have provided throughout
A new digital initiative in Sussex aims to work with young people to ease their sense of isolation, leading to benefits for the community as a whole.
Run by Action in rural Sussex with the University of Brighton and supported by Nominet Trust, the “Community 21” project will see young people being supported and trained in the co-design, development and use of apps that can eventually be used by the wider population. The project hopes the use of appropriate technology will help to improve young people’s involvement in community consultation.
Today, the Government’s Youth and Community Engagement Champion, Shaun Bailey, will unveil three new digital services to help young people have a voice and overcome the vicious ‘no experience –no employment’ cycle, at an event at the Design Council.
Like all social investors, Nominet Trust wants to find satisfying and consistent ways to describe the value created through the funds we distribute. Data - open, big and otherwise - is a central component in this process, but how do we determine what, amongst the expanding vastness of the counted and the countable, really counts?
Active Citizens is a part of Windmill Hill City Farm’s Community Programmes.
The purpose of Active Citizens is to use the internet to help people connect with local issues and each other. By doing so we hope to support people connecting with each other in 'the real world'.
We are developing volunteering projects for everyone to get involved in at the farm, supporting people to develop their own volunteer projects and supporting volunteering opportunities within the local and wider community.
The ageing population brings with it a rise in the concentration of assets that people in later life can bring to a community: wisdom, experience, perspective and a wide range of skill sets and capacities.