Digital round-up: Skype for grannies moves to digitalised care for older people

Plus: Children with Cancer UK's Mr Men Little Miss virtual run; new updated edition of free e-book advising on CRM published

A Finnish start-up company is targeting digitalised care for older people in the UK next year and has already been in discussions with Age UK about a potential partnership. Pieni piiri developed a "Skype for grannies" app in 2010 that can be used to make digital services accessible to older end users without any previous IT skills. The company now wants to build on the app’s success to become a broader digital care provider and has launched a €100,000 crowdfunding campaign to develop the service. After only a week, more than €40,000 has already been raised. Pieni piiri believes the UK offers a "great opportunity" for it in the area of digital rehabilitation. "Our current plan is to get the services up and running in Finland in 2017, and focus on expansion opportunities in 2018," Mikko Järvinen, chief executive of Pieni piiri, told Third Sector.

"The UK is one of the most interesting markets for us, because both domiciliary care and assisted living facilities have more revenue coming in from the elderly and their family members. This makes the opportunity to target family members and elderly end user with new digital care solutions much more compelling than in Finland. We've been in initial talks with Age UK and hope to further our partnership as we move to the UK market."

Cancer charity launches Mr Men Little Miss virtual run campaign

Children with Cancer UK is looking for volunteers to take part in a virtual run to raise funds for Brain Tumour Awareness Month in March. Participants can register for free to Mr Bump’s 25km, Little Miss Sunshine’s 25km or Mr Strong’s 100km virtual run. They have the whole of next month to complete the challenge, which can be completed in one go or over the 31 days. Fundraisers will be able to monitor their progress through online fundraising platform everydayhero integrated with the MapMyFitness and Strava apps and the charity is supporting the campaign online with the hashtags #CwCMrMen and #CwCLittleMiss, and a video.

Free e-book advising charities on CRM systems published

CRM bookThe second edition of What Small Charities Need To Know About CRM Systems has been published and is available to download for free. Written by the consultant Ivan Wainewright, the e-book is aimed at those in small charities whose jobs are not the procurement or implementation of new databases.

Wainewright said this latest edition includes a new section on system development as well as updates that reflect the changes and new software options available to the sector. Wainewright has drawn on 26 years as an IT consultant, 20 of which have been involved with the voluntary sector.

The book can be downloaded from the IT for Charities website.

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