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Social care charity scoops national award for digital inclusion partnership

One of the UK’s biggest social care charities, Community Integrated Care, was awarded the Best Business Initiative Award at this year’s National Care Awards, praising the organisation’s partnership with technology experts, Okta.

Returning for the 25th year, the awards were hosted by social care publication, Caring Times Magazine. The accolades celebrate exceptional people, teams and initiatives across the social care sector, highlighting organisations that have gone above and beyond over the past 12 months to provide outstanding services to people who access care and support.

Community Integrated Care was awarded the Business Initiative of the Year accolade, recognising its partnership with Okta, and their collaborative work increasing digital inclusion across the social care sector.

Over the past 12 months, the partnership has launched a number of digital campaigns which have supported thousands of people with learning disabilities to harness the power of technology to improve their lives.

This has included educating people who draw on, or work in, social care on how best to use online search tools to access more opportunities in their communities through the charity’s ‘The Big Adventure’ project; supporting people to navigate the cost-of-living crisis with their online training resource, Taking Charge; and hosting unique online events and experiences to alleviate loneliness and learn new skills via the charity’s online activity platform, What To Do.

This is the second year running that the charity have been recognised for the Business initiative of the Year accolade, having also been awarded the recognition at last year’s ceremony for What To Do.

John Hughes, Director of Partnerships and Communities at Community Integrated Care, said, “To have been awarded Best Business Initiative of the Year for the second year running and for our partnership with Okta is fantastic. It’s a testament to all we have achieved in our efforts towards increasing digital inclusion over the past 12 months. We’ve seen how access to technology and increased online confidence can be truly life-changing. Too often people with disabilities face barriers to harnessing this valuable resource, however, Okta understand the difference that an effective programme like this can make and share our passion to close the digital divide.”

He continued, “We’re really proud to have already supported thousands of people who draw on social care, and hundreds of colleagues across the sector, educating them on making the most out of digital platforms. We’d like to say a huge thank you to Okta for working so closely with us to bring these programmes to life, as well as providing generous donations of devices for the people we support. We can already see the huge difference that this is making across our charity as more people are experiencing incredible things that are contributing to their best life possible, thanks to the skills they’ve learnt and having access to the online world.”

Okta’s Director of Social Impact, Victor Cordon, said: “We’re delighted that this partnership with Community Integrated Care has been acknowledged with such a prestigious award. Technology can play a critical role in addressing many of society’s inequalities. The collaboration between Okta and Community Integrated Care is all about making digital more accessible, enabling people to live richer and fuller lives. It’s incredible to see the impacts of these projects and Okta is proud to support efforts that enable so many people to have access to technology, broaden their horizons and build their confidence to succeed.”

Community Integrated Care is committed to working in partnership with organisations, brands and individuals to make a greater impact upon society and create the best lives possible for the people they support, their colleagues and communities. If you’d like to get involved or to find out more visit: https://www.communityintegratedcare.co.uk/get-involved/partnerships/

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