Design Out Drowning is a community project supported by the RNLI. We were appointed to conduct research with south west communities and explore the value of a design-led approach to innovation. This is the story so far.
We are among the selected ventures supported by Transform Ageing, a first-of-its-kind initiative to change the way society approaches and designs services for people in later life.
We are delighted that Age UK Cornwall won the award for "Best use of digital by a charity" at the South West Digital awards last week.
So there you are, browsing through the Cornwall Link looking for support, services and community resources. You apply a few filters. You narrow the search. You find what you’re looking for. Or do you?
We are delighted to have been appointed by the RNLI to deliver an exciting innovation programme. ‘Design Out Drowning’ aims to find new solutions to reduce the number of people that drown in the UK and Republic of Ireland, whilst creating social value for the communities involved.
Around 40% of visits to GPs are by people who are socially isolated rather than bio-medically unwell - problems GPs are ill-equipped to address. We're responding to this challenge via our community platform.
We have been shortlisted in the 'Social Impact' category at the South West Digital Awards, and our online community directory for Age UK Cornwall has also been shortlisted in the 'Best use of Digital by a Charity' category.
Last week we were delighted to learn that Camphill Village Trust has been nominated as a finalist in the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards for their work on the development of CVT Connect.
Cornwall Link volunteers from across the region are doing a fantastic job of growing the online directory which includes over 500 community activities - everything from yoga classes to knitting clubs and community transport schemes.
From car sharing to garden clearance, Torbay Community Development Trust have reported some wonderful stories of how people in the community are supporting each other through their new online timebank.
Devon County Council and Exeter Co-Lab support volunteer updates.
We help communities create change. Do you have the technical skills and personal motivation to develop innovative solutions that can too?
The Torbay Timebank - it's good. Find out why Torbay Community Development Trust switched to the new Made Open system.
Working in partnership with Torbay Community Development Trust, we are launching a new online platform in the new year that enables local people to earn credits by helping others in their community. The ‘Torbay Timebank' will help 27 community locations across the region.
We're delighted to be working with Croydon Council to evaluate their social value practices. Our research is exploring what social impacts have been achieved since the launch of the Social Value Act. This will provide the Council with an opportunity to pinpoint their successes and failures, and renew efforts.
We're helping Age UK Cornwall to develop a digital service to help people live well in later life. 'The Cornwall Link' is a hub for information, guided conversations, personalised support, links to day centres and social prescriptions. Carers, helpline staff, volunteers, healthcare professionals and patients can access information, tools and resources.
We've recently launched a new online collaboration feature on the Made Open platform where members of private groups can create video discussion rooms and share files. Group leaders can also embed 'widgets' such as Google calendars, videos and media files within their group dashboard.
After years of dreaming and planning, we are at long last developing the Community Exchange - a new feature on the Made Open platform where individuals, groups and organisations can trade earned or donated credits for community-based services (aka timebanking) and goods.
In partnership with Bristol City Council, our most recent update to the Made Open platform enables community groups and organisations to advertise their volunteering opportunities; in so doing making it easier for volunteers to access citywide volunteering opportunities in just one place.
On 5th October, Kathryn pitched the Made Open platform to investors at business at Venturefest South West – a leading conference for technology businesses based in the South West.
We’re delighted that CVT Connect (the digital application we co-produced with adults who have learning disabilities), was nominated for ‘Best use of technology’ at the 3rd Sector Care awards earlier this month. Hosted by Esther Rantzen, members of the GOT IT team were proud to be recognised for their work.
Made Open widgets can help charities and community organisations increase social action from their own websites.
A number of people have asked us about our partnership with Perform Green. Here are some details that we have recently submitted to the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network. This gives a broad overview of how we support each other to meet the challenge of building effective communities...
A national network of 22 local authorities has selected Made Open with our partners Perform Green to join a framework agreement for the Cooperative Council’s Innovation Network (CCIN).
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