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Latest grants announced

13 June 2024

An older person using a tablet

The WCIT Charity’s latest grant recipients have been announced. Chosen from nearly 50 applicants, four projects were selected, reflecting the diverse needs of different communities across the UK. Access Social Care, which has been a long-standing member of the Charity’s AI4C community, received £11,500 to create a toolkit to add-on to its existing carers’ chatbot – this will increase knowledge of care and rights, and prepare carers for different Care Act processes. Gairloch and Loch Ewe Action Forum received £10,340 to run a peer-led IT training and support project. Theirs is a remote and rural isolated community with a significant older population. By encouraging the younger residents to share their knowledge with older, more vulnerable residents, they hope to equip people with the skills they need to stay independent for longer. Our final grant recipient, Aspire, received £11,500 to expand its hospital-based assistive technology service to help people with spinal cord injuries increase their independence. Based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, a Technologist will work one-to-one with newly injured patients to demonstrate the built-in accessibility features on their own devices or show them how more specialist equipment such as mouth operated mice and controls that track head and eye movement can be used.

Chair of the WCIT Charity, Stefan Fafinski DL, said: “It is always a challenge choosing which projects to support, but I believe this latest selection demonstrates how tech can be used for good to improves people’s lives in many different types of communities.”