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Charity tech ideas share £370,000 in funding

The good causes being helped include Alexandra Rose and Bipolar UK and involve the development of chatbots, apps and online support.

Eight organisations, including those supporting low-income families and survivors of domestic abuse, are to share £370,000 to develop tech ideas for good causes.

The money is being handed out through Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Tech for Good Fund.

Those to be awarded charity tech grants include Alexandra Rose Charity, which supports families on low incomes to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. The grant will be used to develop its app that digitises the reimbursement of vouchers so that more partners, including GP surgeries and food banks, can be involved.

Against Violence and Abuse, which supports those who have experienced domestic or sexual abuse, has been given a charity tech grant to design and build a digital product that can meet the mental health needs of survivors. This includes offering coping strategies and meditation tips.

Also receiving grants are Bipolar UK, to develop a chatbot service, Deaf Kidz International for a digital game that will help safeguard children aged seven to 11 and Muscular Dystrophy UK, which will develop an online needs assessment portal.

App development

Meanwhile, befriending service Ruils’ grant will be used to develop an online service for parents, carers and children, mental health focused stem4 will develop an app to help teenagers manage symptoms or depression and young people’s charity The Mix is looking to develop digitised outreach technology.

“We’re pleased to be supporting another Tech for Good cohort, responding to a diversity of social issues, and helping them put the needs of the people they serve at the heart of their digital development,” said Comic Relief Chief Executive Officer Liz Warner.

The project funding is for nine months and starts in August 2019. It includes a two month soft development stage, four months of further development and a three month launch phase.

The next round of funding opens in February 2020.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Chief Executive Moira Sinclair added: “The latest round of grants continues to demonstrate the power of tech to find new ways to address disadvantage.

“We look forward to seeing how these ideas evolve with access to tailored tech support and valued partnerships backing people to pursue their vision for social change.”

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