Isolated older people in Sunderland


Can digital help to support older people with their move from health to social care?

Age UK Sunderland is exploring ways to find and engage isolated residents on Sunderland to show the health and wellbeing benefits of digital. Testing peer support and digital champions across it's network in the area

More acutely, the pathfinder is trialling ways that digital can help  isolated older people with their own care after leaving hospital. 

As a wave 2 NHS WDP Pathfinder, Good Things Foundation worked with Age UK Sunderland, Age UK, Sunderland Council, Sunderland CCG and local voluntary organisations to test methods of engagement and measure the benefits of digital. 


People engaged in the Pathfinder


People supported
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Digital Champions Recruited

Explore our pathfinder activity in Sunderland

Pathfinder documents

Alpha review

A look at what has been happening so far and the iterations we are making at this half way point

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Design session 1 – Stakeholder engagement

A write up of the first design session bringing together local statutory and voluntary organisations to understand the local provision and initiatives and our perceptions of users

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Design Session 2 – User Insight session with Age UK service users

A write up of the second design session where we spent time with the people that use Age UK for a variety of things. Understanding their concerns and needs.

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Design Session 3 – Designing the model

A write up of the third design workshop where we took all of our findings and used them to help Age UK design the first model to test

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