A pipeline of prospects is being built; interest from local authorities, housing associations, charities and health and social care organisations. Conversion is another matter considering the climate. There is competition - Rally Round, Caucus, Jointly, Know your own Health, etc. - however; Tyze's end-user focus has a more B2C look ‘n’ feel and the responsive, user-led developments should keep it one step ahead.
Government-funded systems of health and social care are facing enormous fiscal and human-resource challenges. In the UK, this changing landscape has meant that the health and social care sector faces an unprecedented period of change and reinvention. There is increasing tension between local authorities, the NHS, social care providers and housing associations, etc., as statutory service provision contracts. GP Commissioning and Clinical Commissioning Groups are just starting to scope out their own roles and responsibilities.
Munch Poke Ping, a Nominet Trust funded project which has actively engaged excluded and hard to reach young people in making films to ultimately explore the use and risks of social media within this cohort, will present its’ main findings at its’ inaugural conference on the 19th November in London.
To combat the growing problem of anti-social behaviour and harassment online, Network for Surviving Stalking, a project funded by social investor Nominet Trust, has launched a new version of the highly regarded ‘Digital Stalking; a Guide to Technology Risks.’ The free online tool will aim to protect the 1/5 women and 1/10 men that will be stalked during their lifetime.
It has long been known that where children are born and grow up affects the opportunities they have and what they do in their lives. A teenager living in a former industrial city with high levels of adult unemployment will often have different hopes and fears than one who has grown up in a prosperous town in the south east.
As part of its ongoing open consultation, Nominet Trust brought together a group of experts this past week to think about how technology might be used to realise new opportunities - and address the persistent challenges such as social isolation, access to adequate care and pensioner poverty – facing people in later life. We weren’t looking at how adding digital might make existing services more cost-effective or efficient; nor were we seeking specific solutions. Instead we were hoping to define some areas that would benefit from social innovation with technology.
I recently presented the Third Sector Charity Impact Measurement conference. A really interesting event with different individuals from around the sector coming together to share their perspective about charity impact measurement.
I took the opportunity to present an alternative approach to evaluation we have been developing at Nominet Trust and explain the reasons behind it.
You don’t have to look far to find repeated stories of the problems facing people in later life, from access to adequate care, health and well-being and of course financial challenges.
There are now more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 16. With increased life expectancy, those we categorise as ‘older’ can span an age group that stretches from 55 years of age to 95 and above. ‘Old age’ though can describe people in good health or poor health, active, sedentary, lonely or the leaders of their communities.
With over 40 years of difference between the lower and upper ends of this age-span, this presents significant implications for not only the quality of life older people can and should expect, but for the economy at large.