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Who are the innovators and influencers in the #AgeingWell space?

Click Guide to Ageing Well

Finally there is an easy  way to access amazing online resources which give you information, highlight innovations and tell you about the many organisations working in the ageing sector. The click guide to ageing well brings this information together in a single place. With sections ranging from community connections to sexual wellbeing the guide shows that living a good later life presents many  opportunities along with the challenges!

In the digital age older people deserve and expect to look forward to a fulfilling later life supported by technology.  The constant messages about “the elderly” being associated with isolation, loneliness and “bed blocking” need to be balanced with how digital technology can and is enhancing people’s lives.  We need visionary digital leaders who are able to build collaborations  and alliances across health, care, housing, charities, social enterprises, funders, digital innovators and the older people likely to use digital products and services. .

The click guide to ageing will help you to understand where the millions of pounds are being spent to support people to age well,  We look forward to reporting in future newsletters  on whether the current investment in innovative ways of working and digital technology is having a significant impact. 

Older people now have more capacity, resources and access to knowledge than any previous generations. A quarter of the people who turned 50 in 2012 could live to be 100. We know that staying active, physically and mentally will support us to enjoy later life. The click guide to ageing well provides unique insights into how digital technology and social media are transforming the world of ageing

The click guide to ageing well will be of interest to everyone over 50 and the many professionals working to transform ageing who want to explore and understand how digital resources can enhance lives.

The Click Guide to Ageing Well is available to buy as an eBook for £4.99 and a paperback for £8.99 (plus p&p)

A special thank you is due to Jason Bergen @mryahbut  my co-author who has so generously shared his extensive insights and knowledge as we researched and developed the guide. His support and patience has been invaluable.

I know that I am very fortunate to have access to the expertise and skills of James Souttar @jamessouttar  Co-Founder of the Connected Care Network

We have been delighted at the response to our click guide to dementia which can be also be purchased from our website. We hope that you will find the click guide to ageing well equally valuable.  

Diverse Alzheimers @DiverseAlz

Thumbs up to @shirleyayres for compiling a practical guide on services in Click Guide to Dementia as well as people seen as change makers

Gillian Anderson @GAlzscot

Well worth downloading – well researched resources for anyone with an interest in #dementia and #digital

Dr Shibley Rahman @dr_shibley

I strongly recommend this ‘click guide’ to #dementia. Put together by @shirleyayres it’s an accurate account

Annika Small @AnnikaSmall

This is a fantastic initiative @shirleyayres – a massive thank you from me and my fellow dementia carers.

L @dragonmisery

What a fabulous new resource, I’m delighted to be included. I know carers will find this new digital directory of resources a wealth of info https://twitter.com/shirleyayres/status/788251065833709568 …

Andrew Corbett-Nolan @acorbettn

this is quietly impressive

The Click Guides are being  produced by members of the Connected Care Network who believe passionately that technology can benefit all of our lives but only if information is accessible to enable people to make informed choices about which digital resources fit with their hopes, needs and aspirations.

 

 

 

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Some #HseParty14 highlights

I was delighted to be at @hseparty in Manchester last week. The energy and creativity was in full flow over a very packed two days. Housing, like the health and care sectors, are confronting real challenges in terms of their role and how community services can be delivered most effectively. Thinking differently and exploring the potential of new collaborations and partnerships offers so many opportunities. To get a sense of the diversity of activities and debate have a look at the #hseparty14 Twitter stream.

The #powerplayers14 Awards dinner faithfully recorded by @johnpopham was a real celebration of the growing influence of digital technology and social media across the housing sector.  explains the thinking which informed the Power Players list and the role of super connectors.

 

The housing question time provoked much interest and debate. My feeling is that every event should now include a live streamed question time! Thanks to the excellent panel Anne McCrossan,  Nick AtkinCaroline KingJames Pargetter and to John Popham who suggested the idea and recorded the debate. Definitely worth watching.

http://housingqt.co.uk/

“Co-production is the way forward” and how to communicate through balloons. Lovely lessons from the  Balloon Orchestra Workshop

 

Paul Taylor’s thoughts on “Do Housing Associations need Innovation Labs?” were shared at the Chartered Institute of Housing annual conference which was being held at the same time as House Party. Innovation and new ways of thinking were a constant theme at House Party so it was fascinating to see the debate generated by #dronegate which, in fairness, was only a small element of his presentation.

 

And finally a big thank you to Matt Leach from HACT and Esther Foreman from the Social Change Agency who had the vision and passion to make House Party such a success.

 

 

 

 

 

Keep it simple Make it beautiful Have fun – sharing through @HaikuDeck

A year on from when @paulbromford published a Haiku Deck celebrating #60yearsoflearning and this October in a special birthday edition I invited some of the people I admire to share their secrets of being social online.

 

Paul and I are very aware of how important it is to share knowledge and information especially for people new to social media. Whilst we have not quite been able to achieve our aim of creating one new presentation a month throughout 2014 we hope the following Haiku Decks will give you ideas for different ways of presenting your thoughts and ideas.

January 2014

February 2014

March 2014

April 2014

May 2014

We are taking a summer break because we have both been busy with #powerplayers14 and Paul has been busy with the Bromford Lab. He has produced a series of Haiku Decks to explain the purpose of the Lab, launch a recruitment campaign through Twitter and encouraging people to get involved.

 

Paul initially inspired me to explore the potential of Haiku Deck with the following presentation which has now had an impressive 90,000 views.

If you are thinking of starting a blog these top tips from  will hopefully inspire you!

Useful guidance from Paul about developing your own personal social media policy

Hot tip – add your Haiku Deck on slideshare and you will reach an even bigger audience!

 

Digital Leadership – 10 top tips from @clarkmike

twitter at smwldnIs a ‘digital’ leader any different from a ‘traditional’ leader? Following on from top ten tips on social media http://bit.ly/16v9eGf, Mike Clark suggests some of the likely characteristics of digital leaders.

1 You don’t have to be a techie

Digital leaders do not have to be experts on tech detail, but need to understand how to exploit it to make connections and achieve good outcomes that make a difference

2 You don’t need an organisation

Digital leaders don’t always have organisations, budgets or staff – they don’t need structure charts – they may have more connections and followers outside of their own organisations

3 Its 24/7/365 and chaotic

Digital leaders operate in a 24/7/365 disrupted & chaotic world not cosy hierarchies, clubs and niches – they build new connections & collaborations at speed – they may be on their own but they communicate extensively

4 You listen more to people with opposing views

Digital leaders seek out people with different views and perspectives to understand how barriers can be overcome – they have wide reach, they question and challenge, summarise and synthesise, simplify and de-clutter when necessary

5 Restrict social media access and you may lose your followers

If organisational managers restrict social media access in work hours, staff will find digital leaders out of hours operating 24/7/365 in open, accessible environments. Equally, giving staff access to social media is unlikely to turn around a poorly led organisation

6 Inspire in 140 characters & trust your staff

If as a leader you are not able to summarise your vision in simple terms in 140 characters, someone else on social media will probably be the inspiration for your staff. Sadly, staff are often forced to leave their digital skills at the office door – digital leaders help nurture and develop those skills

7 Be courageous

It takes courageous leaders to allow their own hierarchies to be disrupted – digital leaders can build external followers before looking at how they can develop & engage their own organisations. Digital leadership is not the role of the Comms Team

8 Use multiple platforms to source ideas and communicate success 

Digital leaders use social media on multiple platforms as a test bed for their ideas and innovations – crowdsourcing, cajoling, capturing and continuously looking for and communicating small wins

9 Think real time, not part time

Digital leaders acknowledge sources, build trust and show appreciation in real time using multiple platforms that work for their connections and followers who appreciate the recognition of their contributions

10 Review and dismantle barriers

Digital leaders review and dismantle traditional infrastructures that act as barriers to innovation or which do not add value – they support and champion people that are close to service users and customers – they help people unlearn bad habits & some non-digital skills that impede progress

Mike Clark has worked as an independent consultant in health and social care since 1992. You can currently find him reporting on telehealth, telemedicine, telecare, digital and mHeath as well as UK health and social care for www.telecarelin.org.ukhttps://www.rebelmouse.com/clarkmike/ or Google at ‘Mike Clark Telecare’ 

Any questions for @dominiccampbell our next guest on the Disruptive Social Care podcast?

I am delighted to announce that Dominic Campbell will be our next guest on the Disruptive Social Care podcast. Dominic  is is a digital government specialist and social innovator with a background in government policy, communications and technology-led change.

Dominic was a keynote speaker at Kent Care in the Digital Age #kentdigicare held on the 12th July. He raised many challenging questions  about the importance of human relationships in public services and how people talk to each other. 

Dominic established FutureGov in early 2008 and has a keen interest in emerging uses of new media and “social” strategies to deliver public service transformation and social innovation.

The Panel Debate at #kentdigicare exploring “The Future of Personalisation? Service Users, Carers and Digital Engagement”

Dominic is also co-founder of several social web start-ups: · Patchwork a collaboration tool for multi-agency working, currently focused on children and families intervention · Casserole a peer to peer meals on wheels service Enabled by Design a community of people interested in Design for All.

We are inviting you to submit questions for discussion with Dominic by the 20th August 2013. Whilst we may not be able to cover all of the questions asked we will be summarising the key themes which arise. You can tweet your questions to @shirleyayres using the hashtag #deukcare or email: shirley.ayres56@googlemail.com

https://twitter.com/SaraMcKeeFRSA/status/366474503213158402

You can catch up with our previous guests on the Disruptive Social Care podcasts here!

You can watch recordings of the live stream videos from #kentdigicare here thanks to @johnpopham 

Welcome to #kentdigicare

smwldn images The Kent Care in the Digital Age conference on July 12th is bringing together 150 staff, volunteers, service users, carers, innovators and care providers to explore how digital technology can enhance community care and support. The event is fully booked with a waiting list but we hope many more people will be involved through watching the live stream from 9am and joining in the conversations on Twitter using the hashtag #kentdigicare.

Programme

9.00 – 9.30 Registration

9.30   Welcome Shirley Ayres Founder Connected Care Network @shirleyayres

9.30 – 9.40 A vision for Connected Care in Kent – Dr Robert Stewart Clinical Lead Kent County Council

9.40  – 10.10 The Benefits of Supporting Care Innovations – Dominic Campbell Founder and Director FutureGov @dominiccampbell 

10.10 – 10.25 Can online innovations enhance social care? – Shirley Ayres

10.25 -11.15 Choice of Practical Workshops to develop confidence and share expertise about the use of digital tools with practical advice about how to get started or improve your social media and networking skills.

  • Social  Media Basics “How to” engage with social media and what are the benefits? – Paul Taylor Bromford Group @paulbromford
  • Developing a strategic approach to social media  – James Lampert Commissioning Manager Kent CC @uk_james and James Souttar Co-founder Connected Care Network
  •  Advanced Social Media Masterclass – Mike Clark Managing Editor Telecare Learning and Improvement Network @clarkmike and Shirley Ayres Connected Care Network

11.15 – 11.45 Break

11.45 – 12.30 Choice of themed workshops bringing participants and innovators together to explore how technology is supporting people to live more independently, manage their health & wellbeing, make social connections, combat isolation and volunteer online.

  • Community Connections
  •  eMental Health
  • Patient and User Engagement
  •  Digital Inclusion
  •  Supporting Carers and Families
  •  Online Volunteering and Timebanking
  •  Residential Care and Supported Housing
  •  Online Marketplaces

12.30 – 1.45 Lunch and Innovators Showcase with live demonstrations

1.45 – 2.30 Themed workshops repeated

2.30 – 3.00 Plenary with feedback from the workshops facilitated by James Souttar Co-founder Connected Care Network

3.00 – 3.30 Break and Innovators Showcase

3.30 – 4.15 “The Future for Personalisation? Service users, carers and digital engagement” Interactive panel debate with questions invited from the audience and through Twitter Chair Shirley Ayres

4.15 – 4.30 Closing Remarks Dr Robert Stewart

What is your social media #toptip?

I am often asked for advice about how to use social media most effectively for engagement. Some thoughts and thanks to everyone who contributed their top tips!

https://twitter.com/shirleyayres/status/342687784349335553

 

 

I will be adding comments from Twitter so please feel free to add your own thoughts and social media top tip! 

Introducing the Care in the Digital Age programme

ImageThe Care in the Digital Age programme is designed to help your organization deliver more focused, cost effective services by showcasing digital technologies that offer new ways of supporting service users and carers.

The event presents digital technology solutions across a wide range from personal networks through to ‘keeping in touch’ systems and meal sharing initiatives. The emphasis is on technologies that promote independence, diminish social isolation and address the issue of digital exclusion amongst disadvantaged groups. It draws on our experience of the availability, impact and of web and app based systems in the sector (as detailed in our click guide to digital technology in adult social care and in the Provocation Paper Can online innovations enhance social care? published by the Nominet Trust).

The programme consists of a one day event aimed at people involved in health, social services, housing, education, economic regeneration and the police, and encourages participation from carers, service users and their representatives. As a follow-up, we can work with community builders and connectors to explore how these innovations can be embedded and supported through the development of local hubs.

Kent  Care in the Digital Age  takes place on Friday 12th July. The event is fully booked but you can follow the discussion on Twitter using the hastag #kentdigicare

We may be coming to your locality because we are now in discussion with a number of other local authorities, Health and Wellbeing Boards, housing associations and community groups to deliver the Care in the Digital Age programme across the UK.

If you would like to find out more I would be very happy to talk to you!