About The Project

Support To Connect is…

a project by Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council‘s Social Prescribing team, funded by Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group.

Project delivery is a collaboration between several organisations, including Replenish New Media, Podnosh, TinsleyNET and Access To Business.

Technology can be an important tool for communication. This is particularly the case during the current lockdown / pandemic and remains so while restrictions on people meeting together remain.  It will also continue to be an important part of the new landscape.

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How you can help…

  • Become a Sim Sister: Pay for a sim with 6gb data for 6 months (£60 per person).
  • Digital Buddy: Offer one to one volunteer support for someone to help them develop skills.
  • Donate (yes help the environment!) recent (no more than 3 years old) Android or Apple phones or tablets for refurbishment / re-use.
  • Help clean and re-set donated equipment.
  • Donate a very large sum so we can establish a social enterprise to do much more of this…

    If you would like more information on the project, please email Linda Stone at WVSC on spinfo@wolverhamptonvsc.org.uk.

WVSCs Social Prescribing Service supports people who are lonely and isolated, with low level mental health issues like anxiety and depression and/or long term life restricting health conditions.  Pre COVID-19 our focus was on supporting people to physically engage with their communities, through groups and activities, known as “social prescriptions”.  At the current time our focus has shifted to keeping in touch with customers, linking them together, or with befrienders or other remote support, helping them maintain their wellbeing and offering some practical support.

The service is gathering significant evidence that a lack of knowledge or understanding of how to use technology to communicate, among customers who are already isolated, is limiting their ability to engage with other people, including family and friends.

We want to look at ways of improving this situation now, and into the future, and are running a pilot service over the coming 6 months.

The project aims to:

  • Respond to current need by working with people referred through WVSC’s social prescribing service, initially on a remote basis; in order to help them make the best use of the technology, including computers, tablets, ipads and telephones, to keep in touch with others.
  • Work to explore cost effective means of sustaining the project beyond it’s initial 6 month period.
  • Learn from what works in order to help inform future plans for improving and expanding the use of technology to tackle loneliness and isolation.

    If you would like more information on the project, please email Linda Stone at WVSC on spinfo@wolverhamptonvsc.org.uk.