Bracknell Forest Council has been awarded £50,000 funding to design and launch a revolutionary way of bringing information on local community activities to residents.
Following a successful initial bid to the Social Care Digital Innovation Programme (SCDIP), which allowed the council to explore how digital technology can help connect residents with their community, Bracknell Forest Council has successfully secured a second round of funding to design and launch a project in response to the feedback.
The Social Care Digital Innovation Programme, run by NHS Digital and the Local Government Association, supports the adult social care sector to use digital technology to respond to challenges in local areas. The programme received applications from councils across the country to fund a variety of schemes.
One of only 9 authorities in the country to make it through to the design phase of the programme, Bracknell Forest Council will now design and launch interactive digital displays around the borough, allowing people to explore the variety of community groups on offer locally. Information will be provided on everything from walking groups and gardening clubs, through to choirs, games or craft clubs and support groups.
The funding will allow the council to reach more people with information on all that Bracknell Forest has to offer as this has previously only been available to those with access to the internet.
Lisa McNally, Director of Public Health at Bracknell Forest Council said:
“Bracknell Forest has a thriving range of community groups that enable residents to try new things and meet new people. The information we have on these groups is constantly being updated, meaning residents can access the latest information.
“These new interactive displays will enable people without internet access at home to find out about groups in their local area that may interest them, helping to combat the social isolation felt by so many.”
Cllr Dale Birch, Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing, said:
“The insights we gained from residents allowed us to develop a really exciting proposal which will help us to meet their needs and I’m delighted it has gained the backing of NHS Digital and the Local Government Association.
“This funding will allow us to bring the idea to life; bringing information on all Bracknell Forest has to offer to residents in a simple, accessible way which will connect more people with their community.”
The locations of the interactive displays will be confirmed later this year. For more information please visit the Local Government Association website.