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Competition launched to encourage and reward social care volunteering

Section: DigitalType: News Item Date Published: 15th January 2020

A new competition will explore how volunteering could help avoid delayed hospital discharge.

A new small business research initiative (SBRI) call was launched on Friday 10th January: ‘Creating digitally connected communities focusing on avoiding delayed discharges from hospital’. This competition is supported by the Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund.

This call is looking at improving outcomes for the frail or elderly whose discharge from hospital is being delayed. Following a hospital stay, people often lack personal support with tasks such as transport, shopping and medications until their formal care packages are put into place. While for some family and friends can fulfill this interim support role, many lack the social networks necessary for this and are instead kept in hospital for longer.

The competition is looking to address this problem by way of encouraging and incentivising volunteering within communities. It will also look at creating an electronic record of volunteering activities to better connect the public sector with citizens. This electronic record of volunteering is referred to as ‘Kindocoin’ – ‘A kind of coin’.

Organisations can apply for up to £30,000 in Phase 1, for a maximum of 3 months. Phase 1 will look at ideas for creating an economy of exchange that is digitally enabled and attributes real value to volunteer contributions. The initial stage will focus on stakeholder engagement and creating real-time data flows that have the potential to match demand and supply of volunteered care.

A potential application format is that of a collaboration between technology provider and third sector volunteering provider. However, the competition is open to applications from individual organisations.

For more information and to apply, please see the Public Contracts Scotland website (this link will take you away from our website).

Application notes:

·         Applications must be submitted through the Public Contracts Scotland website by Friday 31st January 2020 at 12 noon.

·         Phase 1: up to 5 projects will receive funding of up to £30,000 each, for a maximum of 3 months.

·         All solution providers must link in with at least one of the following NHS boards, which have been identified as test bed sites: NHS Lothian, NHS Fife or NHS Borders.

·         The call is open to organisation from anywhere in the UK or EU, but there is a requirement for weekly meetings.

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