An overview of what charities achieved during the second round of the Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response Development programme.
In 2020 we launched the Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response. This initiative aimed to help charities improve their digital capabilities. Here, we take a look at an overview of what charities achieved during the second round of the Development programme.
As part of the response, nineteen civil society organisations joined the programme. This programme supported charities to prototype and build their digital projects. All of the applicants had completed a discovery phase through previous programmes such as the Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response Discovery programme, Explore or a Design Hop.
Each charity received a grant ranging from £5,000 and £15,000 and was matched with a digital partner who received an average of £28,000 per contract to develop the solution. The cohort ran over ten weeks between January 2021 and April 2021. Here’s an overview of what each organisation achieved during this programme:
Age UK | An interactive platform to maximise volunteer involvement in services for older people across the Age UK network
AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) | Building an online training platform for professionals supporting domestic abuse survivors
Alive Activities Ltd | A teleconferencing platform for older people
Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (CARAS)
Citizens Advice Southampton - Validating an existing video hub solution providing advice to vulnerable
Oxford Hub - Building a web application to manage volunteer-run phone support programmes in Oxford
CancerCare North Lancashire and South Cumbria - Therapeutic Minecraft world for teens affected by cancer and loss to connect with peers, youth workers and therapists.
Galloway's Society for the Blind - Tackling digital isolation among visually impaired people in Lancashire
Musiko Musika - Creating an e-learning platform for disadvantaged families with early years children
Community Action:MK - A data collection and intelligence platform for the VCSE sector in Milton Keynes
The Stroke Association - Creating a centralised digital platform for group volunteers to connect, access information and share resources
Inclusion London - Enabling Deaf & Disabled People’s Organisations to amplify Disabled people's voices
REUSE NETWORK - E-commerce - online sales of reusable essentials
The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside - An integrated platform to support first online interactions with our green wellbeing service (Myplace)
Age UK Oxfordshire - Create an online booking system for exercise classes, supported by an integrated database, using off-the-shelf tools
Just Like Us - Prototyping an online resource database and training solution for educators delivering LGBT+ curriculum
Chiltern Music Therapy - Prototyping a digital solution to support digital music therapy provision to vulnerable people
The Co-operative College - Cooperative learning: digital disability engagement
Turner Contemporary - Designing and piloting online creative engagement for over 65s