Avid readers of the government’s loneliness strategy 'A Connected Society', will know that the government committed to a loneliness policy test. One of the main strengths of the test, in theory at least, is that it will be used across all government departments to assess policy changes. In this post, we look at why it is important for the next government to maintain momentum with the development of this test.(more…)
Earlier this week, the Digital Equality Group co-ordinated by WaveLength, released a report looking at the experiences of benefit claimants using online government services. In this report, we highlighted how government’s Digital by Default strategy is continuing to exclude people. We recommended that as more government services are put online, then government should provide universal means-tested broadband for those who need it most.(more…)
We could start this post by citing the millions of people who are lonely in the UK. Or we could give you a definition of loneliness or state the percentage of people who are scared to admit they’re lonely. But many of you will already be familiar with these facts. You’ll appreciate how deeply loneliness can be felt by a range of people. In fact, many of you will know first-hand what it feels like to be lonely.
Over the summer, the Digital Equality Group, a policy group co-ordinated by WaveLength, invited benefit claimants and support workers to fill in a questionnaire. This report shows that services are not always straightforward or convenient and those who can’t use digital services continue to be, or are increasingly excluded by the Digital By Default principle. We share these responses in a short paper, which we release today.(more…)
In the run up to the election, we're calling for the next Government to continue fighting loneliness and supporting those who are vulnerable and lonely.(more…)
Through our group application process, we give technology to a range of charities who support people who are lonely for a variety of reasons. Those suffering from early onset dementia are particularly vulnerable, as they begin to lose their memories, as well as their independence. Tablet computers can help support staff to understand their patients and to help them through this worrying, and often isolating experience.(more…)
Every year we give out hundreds of pieces of technology through our individual application process. The people we help feel lonely for a range of reasons. Many have poor physical or mental health, which makes leaving their homes difficult. In this post, we share the story of one of our beneficiaries, who received a tablet computer from us in September.(more…)
Here at WaveLength, we've created a list of some of our favourite apps which you can download to your Amazon Fire tablet. This list is especially useful for people who are new to tablet computers.
If there are any Apps you think we should add to our list, then leave us a comment below. We'd love to hear what you think. If you'd like to print out a copy of this list, then please click here.(more…)