Nesta to fund six digital social platforms

Over £150,000 has been awarded to digital platforms aiming to tackle social problems through data sharing and collaboration.

Chloe Green | 19th Apr 18
Nesta digital social platforms

Innovation foundation Nesta has awarded over £150,000 for six local and regional intiaitives that aim to use digital platforms to tackle social issues.

The grants are being awarded as part of its ShareLab Fund, which was launched in November 2016 to explore how collaborative platforms can best create value for public services or civil society.

The money will go towards projects by community groups, councils and other bodies who aim to help people facing fundamental life challenges and relieve pressure on existing public services.

Projects funded so far address a range of social needs from the provision of donated breast milk to premature babies, to helping the lderly access the carers they need to live independently.

This year’s six new grantees include:

  • Sunderland City Council’s Community Reuse Network will recieve £25,750 towards a platform for redistributing used furniture for low income families, and reducing the amount going to landfill.
  • Patient Transport Oxfordshire from Oxfed (Oxford Federation for General Practice and Primary Care) will recieve £30,000 towards an online service that help connect NHS patients with accessible transport.
  • Equal Care Co-op will recieve £30,000 to build a collaborative platform to give people recieving care control over their own care workers and care planning.
  • Sussex Prisoners’ Families, a Community Interest Community, will recieve £17,500 towards a platform for families with a loved one in prison, giving them access to information and support.
  • Fairbnb will recieve £25,000 towards a platform matching families at risk of homelessness with homeowners with spare rooms, with funding coming from Croydon Council’s temporary accomodation budget.
  • HomePointr will recieve £29,000 towards a platform improving information sharing and access to suitable housing options  for homeless and vulnerable people.