UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced the five projects that will share £23 million in funding from it's healthy ageing challenge.
Carers UK will be involved in the Tribe project, led by Bronze Labs, which will use technology to address national care inequality at the local level. This comprises a digital platform that can both map and predict care ‘dark patches’ where home care provision is failing. It will also recruit and upskill people in areas of low economic activity and high public service demand so they can create micro businesses to provide care.
Madeleine Starr MBE, Director of Business Development and Innovation at Carers UK, said:
“We are delighted to be working with Bronze Labs to deliver an exciting new digital platform that aims to ensure families who need care and support - be it for themselves or someone they care for - can get it, wherever they are in the UK.
“We know that in some areas around the country there is not enough support available for people needing care, vital support that they really need. Tribe will help train and develop the skills of local people who want to provide care within the community, offering a lifeline to those needing help and delivering local jobs.
“Carers UK will develop online resources to help build carer resilience that will be freely available through the platform, building on our previous innovative work to deliver digital support for carers.”