Connecting Care bulletin - July 2014

This bulletin is a round-up of technology and social care news exclusively from Lasa for our Dept. of Health funded Connecting Care community project. We hope you find the bulletin useful, so please give us your feedback.


  1. Lasa news

  2. Connecting Care Year 2: If you're a small charitable provider of adult and social care, our DH funded programme can help your organisation make better use of ICT and new media.  Find out more here and sign up here.

    NEW website coming! Watch this space for the launch of our Connecting Care website.  Its packed full of technology tips and news for health and social care. 
  3. Health & social care tech news

  4. Low cost computers and laptops: A popular scheme to provide low-cost 2nd user PCs to charities and individuals on benefits has been relaunched. It is now goes under the name of Happus and still offers the same deals on PCs from £99 and Laptops from £149. The computers come with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office and include unlimited telephone support and 12 months warranty.   Accessible keyboards, tablet devices, broadband and pay as you go mobile phone deals are also offered.
  5. Creating an IT security policy: We recently ran a webinar on Easy, Free and Quick ICT security tips.  Co-OpsSys latest bulletin also has some very good tips for improving security.
  6. Is the cloud right for you? Once upon a time, all software had to be directly installed onto computers - but more and more, vendors are hosting software services that users access online, i.e. the cloud.  Maybe you're thinking of using Google Drive or Dropbox, Office 365, or a web-based database? These two free workbooks from Idealware will get you started on considering and implementing a cloud based service.
  7. NIACE have recently released 4 new free guides addressing Learning For Older People in Care Settings. Digital Learning features in the case studies, particularly the work being done by Alive Activities and the iPad engAGE project. There are versions of the guides written for Managers, Activities Coordinators, Local Authorities and Learning Providers.
  8. Direct debit donations: Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has announced the launch of a new donation processing platform to make it easier for charities to accept donations and gifts via Direct Debit.
  9. Social Media for health and social care

  10. Older people - a better life: Two new films from SCIE highlight what makes a better life for older people with high support needs. Based on the findings of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s A Better Life programme, the films explore what makes a difference in the community and in residential care settings.
  11. A better life: valuing our later years
  12. Sue Ryder charity uses Facebook to connect with supporters: Social care charity Sue Ryder posted a simple request on its Facebook page, and it was the catalyst to many moving responses from a diverse range of people, all with a personal connection to the charity.  It was such a good idea Weldmar Hospice Care Trust repeated it on their own Facebook page. H/T Jude Habib @sounddelivery
  13. The use of social media by the social care organisations we have worked with on Connecting Care does not seem to be as prevalent as in other sectors ... or even in the wider charity sector. This article provides some thoughts and tips from CQC Chief Executive @crouchendtiger, @helreynolds and @sandiekeene about ways to start using social media in a social care organisation.
  14. Did you know?  55% of those who engage with charities via social media have been inspired to take further action? Or that Facebook refers 29.4% of US traffic to donation pages on #GivingTuesday? Be inspired by these 14 must know social media stats to think about fundraising, social media and mobile technology.
  15. Take advantage of Facebook's new page design:  Facebook is a powerful way for social care providers to connect with supporters and families.  Sociallystcked explores what you need to know about Facebook's new page design.
  16. The 3 really useful tech resource websites for the month

  17. Lasa Knowledgebase  - we've got you covered all aspects of technology with over 400 articles on everything from websites to databases to social media. 

    JISC TechDis 

    A wealth of diverse resources and materials that focus on making mainstream learning and skills practices more accessible and inclusive. See also the Technology Support pages - 

    Community How To

    For people in a local community who want to do more and do it more easily. The website lists and reviews digital tools that can help organisations,  all brought together on the Community How To website. 

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