Tinder Foundation has won a bid for a new programme funded by the NHS called Widening Digital Participation.
According to a press release by the foundation , half of all people who are offline have a disability, and among the over 65s – who account for half of all NHS spending – 36% have never been online before, and so the programme aims to reach those who are both digitally excluded and suffer from health inequalities.
The £1 million programme will allow Tinder Foundation to engage with 100,000 people who are most affected by digital and health inequalities. 50,000 of these people will be directly trained to use health information online. We’ll be doing this through the UK online centres network, creating a Digital Health Information network within our existing network, as well as supporting over 200 events all over the country.
As well as this broad, country-wide delivery, the foundation will also be working with around 15 flagship centres who will be providing deep dive interventions, working with groups who are the most likely to experience health and digital inequalities, including gypsy and traveller communities, sex workers and homeless people.
New learning content, including growing the learning portal at www.learnmyway.com/health, will be created and Tinder will work with key groups including the Society for Chief Libraries on bespoke learning content.
Tinder Foundation’s CEO, Helen Milner commented: “Tinder Foundation is excited to have this opportunity to help NHS England improve health literacy in some of the most deprived regions of the country. Our network of UK online centres and our online courses reach
thousands of people every day and this project will help many more people to develop digital skills and understand how to access health services online. Through a series of flagship projects and partnerships we will also be looking at ways of enabling citizen access to health information in more innovative ways.”
“New technology presents a real opportunity to help the Government and NHS England think innovatively about how services are delivered, and help citizens take control of their own health. It is really exciting to be bringing together the important areas of health and digital skills – using technology to make a future possible for people.”
Earlier this month, Tinder Foundation announced 12 successful applicants who would take part in the Digital Deal programme, developing digital inclusion projects for social housing tenants around the UK.