The introduction of technology and creativity to the elderly in Leicester has been made possible by the funding of The Baring Foundation’s Digital Arts and Creative Ageing Awards, alongside The Nominet Trust. The study focuses on how these digital tools are capable of bringing creativity and maintain the wellbeing of the old people under the Leicester Ageing Together organisations.
Creative organisations have taken action to the study whether these innovations on the Internet, social networking sites, and other digital technologies can truly help older individuals in their overall physical and mental health, wellbeing, as well as their sociability towards the staffs, beneficiaries, and volunteers of the organisation. The primary subject of the study is the old people under the care of the Leicester Ageing Together organisation, alongside their partner charity groups. The study had worked with a wide range of participants but mostly focused on the volunteers and staffs of the organisation umbrella. Tools and resources were disseminated to the participants that are intended to be shared to their beneficiaries wherever they may be – in cafes, libraries, and even in care homes.
Creative workshops were launched that were focused on the participants’ mental health and wellbeing, as well as an online resource centre that the participants can use to empower them in their work with older individuals. DoThinkShare.com came into existence from the prototype assembled for the study. This contains a toolkit of information for creative activities and training materials. These are accessible to all, who can even share their own opinions, insights, and learning experiences while working in the organisation. Users also have the chance to share a creative activity that everyone can also try in their career as caregivers.
The programme and the tools have been totally useful in bringing forth data from the study and has been verified by Dr Jonathan Gross of King’s College London. Reports came ranging from cases of physical, mental, and social improvements as well as effectivity ratings in doing the training and tools from DoThinkShare.com.