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Competition Asks Children to Submit Their Ideas for Assistive Technology Innovations

Telemonitoring and response service Carecall has today launched a competition to raise awareness amongst children about the importance of assistive technology in supporting the independence and safety of older and vulnerable people.

In partnership with Tunstall Healthcare, the competition will see under 16s in the Stockport area in the North West submit their ideas for new technologies that could help vulnerable people stay independent and at home for longer.

The ideas will be judged by technology enabled care experts before the chosen entries are put to a public vote with an award ceremony being held for the winner. The winner of the competition will receive a state-of-the-art Apple iPad donated by Tunstall.

Gavin Bashar, UK Managing Director of Tunstall Healthcare, commented:

“Improving people’s lives is at the heart of what we do, and we’re really looking forward to seeing the creative ideas for new technology that the children of Stockport come up with.

Assistive technology plays a huge role in supporting older and vulnerable people to live safely and independently for as long as possible, and initiatives such as this competition will certainly assist in awareness of the benefits of this technology amongst our younger generations.”

Entries can be submitted in multiple formats, including drawing, painting, and writing, and any idea is welcome, for example, a flying saucer that helps deliver drinks so people aren’t dehydrated, or apps that track movement and feed information back to families.

Launched as part of Stockport’s summer art trail which sees multi-coloured frogs pop up across the local area, the competition will run until the last day of the frog trail on 26 September. Once the winner has been selected, Carecall and Tunstall will investigate how the idea could be made into reality, meaning someone’s idea could change the people of Stockport’s lives forever.

Jenny Osbourne MBE, Chair of Stockport Homes Group, the company who runs the Carecall service said:

“The Carecall team are dedicated to helping the people of Stockport live well at home and we hope that through this competition, we can inspire the next generation of children and their families to consider what new innovations will allow the people we care about to stay independent.”

To enter the competition, please visit www.carecall24.co.uk/FROGTECH

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