New Digital Badges are now available for young people to earn by completing Safe - the Certificate in Social Networking. Developed by DigitalMe, Safe provides free materials including practical activities that develop young people's skills, self-confidence and safety awareness when using social networking sites.
17 October 2013: Ten entrepreneurs have been backed by a £1m fund to develop new ventures that use technology to tackle social challenges in the UK and beyond.
17th October 2013
The social entrepreneurs will each receive a £50,000 share of the £1m Social Tech, Social Change programme as well as mentorship from some of the world’s leading tech entrepreneurs to develop their early-stage ideas into profitable, scalable social tech ventures.
The successful ventures all share the fund’s goal – to drive social and economic change through the ambitious use of technology – and clearly demonstrate a viable technology-based business that addresses major social issues affecting the UK from social isolation and sustainability to access to education and healthcare.
Street! was successfully launched at The Times Cheltenham Literature Fesival 2013 on 11 October. We welcomed Nominet Trust and IBM to the launch at The Queens Hotel along with other guests and some of Endeavour's young people who will make use of the programme.
The launch provided a demonstration of the software and allowed guests to try it out for themselves! Endeavour also showcased the accompanying website for STREET! where young people can access the fantastic comic strips, chat in a forum and, crucially, access the Reading Companion software.
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.