“They are really interacting – and it is what should be happening – all enjoying the time that they are spending together. Residents have been involved in BBQ parties but nothing that was as effective as the Gen2Gen project.”Regional Manager
Most people involved in social investment want to know if their efforts are making a positive difference, but seeking to demonstrate attribution (linking changes observed to a specific intervention) can be far from straightforward, and might even be the wrong question to ask.
Bethnal Green Ventures is one of the first recipients of Cabinet Office’s new Social Incubator Fund
Nominet Trust and Nesta to back Bethnal Green Ventures in a four year programme
Europe’s first accelerator for technology-based social ventures, Bethnal Green Ventures, in partnership with Nominet Trust and Nesta, is to receive support from the Cabinet Office’s Social Incubator Fund. The Cabinet Office announced the first successful applicants of the Social Incubator Fund today (14 February).
Our Digital Inclusion Through Schools (DITS) intergenerational project is based in a predominantly rural area where access to services is difficult, particularly for older people. Access to the internet can really enhance the lives of people in later life and we aim through our project to increase the number of older 'Silver Surfers' . We are working with local schools and the library service who allow us to use their facilities free of charge. The pupils at the schools become the 'Tutors' and they work on a one to one basis with the older people who are the 'Pupils.
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.