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Combating rural isolation with technology in South Wales: apply for funding

The GovTech Catalyst is to invest up to £250,000 in projects that combat digital exclusion and a lack of access to transport in rural communities in South Wales.

The aim is to develop digital innovations that could connect isolated people, transform public services and support transport opportunities.

The competition is calling for low cost, co-designed, user-friendly technology that tackle social isolation.

There are 3 main challenges that projects should address. These are:

  • how to use technology to reduce loneliness for older people who are currently digitally excluded

  • how to co-ordinate transport to improve the ability to travel while reducing public subsidy

  • how to better connect people in rural areas to improve wellbeing, reduce pressure on health and social care and improve efficiency of services

Priority groups for projects include:

  • older adults

  • people with disabilities

  • volunteers with a desire to help those in need in the community

  • young people trying to access work

The deadline for registration is at midday on 29 August 2018.

For further information please visit the GOV.UK website.

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