Making technology accessible to everyone

Wavemaker’s mission is to make technology accessible to everyone- whether that’s teaching young makers new skills to give them a more promising and exciting future or helping people in a residential home learn how to make the most of the technology that they have.

It’s with this in mind that Wavemaker decided to work together with Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Dr Ruth Chambers, alongside a range of local organisations such as Redmoor Health and Keele University, to find ways to improve the lives and healthcare of patients through digital support.

Their mission is simple but important: growing patients’ digital confidence so that they can use the many devices that they may have available to them such as phones, tablet or computers, to help manage their conditions. With technology constantly evolving, more and more options are becoming available to patients who want help managing their condition and many people are missing out on this support due to their lack of self-belief when it comes to using the technology they have available to them.

Wavemaker sets out to help build this digital confidence, engaging with patients with numerous health conditions and showing them what they can do with their devices whilst encouraging them to consider the help available to them through apps or online services. The team offers one-to-one support and classes to patients that begin to make them more comfortable with their devices and break down the boundaries that they may feel stop them from accessing invaluable support.

By showing patients how to fully use their devices, they feel as though their technology is less of a burden and more of a potential assistant that can help them to manage and track their condition, restoring patient’s dignity and independence when it comes to their own wellbeing.