The COVID 19 pandemic highlighted the value for everyone to be online so they can carry out everyday activities. Connecting Residents in Scotland’s Care Homes was set up to support residents to keep in touch with family and friends and by doing so go some way to help their mental health and wellbeing. 

The initiative offered a device (usually an iPad) and mobile Wifi alongside Digital Champion training for Care Home staff.  This twin track approach of equipment and connectivity supplemented by skills, confidence and motivation nudges is the basis of many successful digital inclusion initiatives across the UK and beyond. To date more than 1,800 devices and 700 internet connections have been delivered to 1,000+ care homes. Digital Champion training was offered to staff to help build their confidence in supporting residents to use the devices.  

Now that restrictions are being lifted, we are keen to understand what more can be done to enable care homes to support digital inclusion for their residents. Through an open tender process we are looking to engage a partner or consortium with a lead partner to undertake an evidence-based discovery project to uncovering the barriers facing care homes and offer some compelling solutions.

  • The tender was published on 27 October 2021
  • The closing date is noon on 22 November 2021
  • The project needs to report at the end of Feburary 2022

If you’re interested, or know someone who is, we’d really encourage you to have a look and get in touch at help@connecting.scot with the subject ‘CARE HOMES ITT’ if you have any further questions.