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'Living made easy' shortlisted for the finals of the eWell-Being Awards 2009

3rd June 2009

National charity the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) is delighted to announce that its new online advice and information portal, Living made easy, has been shortlisted for the SustainIT’s eWell-Being Awards 2009 in the Independent Living category.

Living made easy (www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk) provides older and disabled people and their carers with information on thousands of items of daily living equipment, enabling products to be compared and informed decisions to be made. The expert advice and information that has been built up by DLF over the last four decades is now available to the public for the first time via the internet.

The Living made easy site includes a tool that rates products based on factors such as whether suppliers have provided a price for a product and signed up to certain Codes of Conduct. Users can also share experiences with each other, reviewing and rating products themselves and expressing their views on the forum pages.

Since its launch, Living made easy has grown to include information on bathing, the bedroom, the stairs, telecare (gadgets that allow you to live independently at home know that you can raise an alarm to a call centre if you have a problem, eg, if you fall), chairs and children’s equipment. Further sections will be added over the next twelve months including information on household gadgets and more.

Christine Shaw, DLF's Chief Executive, says “Having won this award last year for our advice tool AskSARA, we are thrilled that another DLF initiative has been nominated for an eWell-Being Award and especially in our 40th anniversary year. Living made easy is one of the most important services DLF has ever launched and we are grateful to our supporters from Government and industry for their assistance in developing the site."

Shaw continues, “With an ageing population the need to access such information was clear and we are delighted that since the Living made easy launch we have seen literally hundreds of thousands of people use the site to help them find ways to lead active and independent lives. Furthermore, we hope that the rating system will help drive change in the equipment industry by encouraging manufacturers and suppliers to become more open about pricing and improve their standards by signing up to Codes of Conduct".

John Pickstone, SustainIT Project Manager, said “Living made easy is a simple way for older and disabled people and their families to obtain information and advice about equipment that can quite literally change their lives.”

The eWell-Being Awards were launched in 2002 by SustainIT, an initiative of the UK Centre for Economic and Environmental Development (UK CEED). The awards, this year sponsored by BT, Unison and PC Pro, are designed to promote the tangible benefits that ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) can bring to society, the economy and to the environment. This year over 100 entries from a diverse range of organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors were received, the judges then went on to decide upon 32 finalists. The winners will be announced at an awards event at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in London on Wednesday 17th June.

Living made easy is funded by the Department of Health, the Department for Children, Schools and Families and industry supporters including Home Retail Group, B&Q, Nottingham Rehab Supplies, Tunstall, Arjo, Mangar International, Mountway, Kingkraft, AKW MediCare, Theraposture, Stannah Stairlifts, Kirton Healthcare, Days Healthcare, Hill-rom, Centromed UK and co-operative Xest .

For further information about Living made easy please visit www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk. To find out more about the eWell-Being Awards visit www.sustainitawards.co.uk or call SustainIT on 01733 311644.

Further information and images

Disabled Living Foundation - Sharon Harbutt, Press Officer on 020 7432 8017 or email s.harbutt@dlf.org.uk

SustainIT and eWell-Being Awards – John Pickstone, Project Manager, SustainIT on 01733 311644 or j.pickstone@ukceed.org

Notes for editors

DLF is the UK’s leading source of expert information, advice and training on independent living for older or disabled people. We want every older or disabled person to have the impartial information and expert advice they need to make choices about their daily lives – and front-line staff to be well trained and well informed.

DLF's information is disseminated through a wide range of services. Members of the public can obtain advice from DLF's Helpline service, which responds to up to 25,000 enquiries a year, or try products out at its Equipment Demonstration Centre in London, one of the largest in the UK.

DLF also provides a range of online services at www.dlf.org.uk, including:

  • ‘Living made easy’, (www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk), an impartial advice and information website about daily living equipment.
  • Free factsheets giving advice on a wide range of topics about disability and mobility products and choosing equipment for older and disabled people.
  • AskSARA, (www.asksara.org.uk), an online advice tool that guides people to appropriate useful advice and information on products that can help them.

Healthcare professionals benefit from DLF Data, the UK’s only comprehensive and up-to-date database of daily living equipment and assistive technology and an extensive Training Programme including a variety of bespoke courses. They also attend the DLF Moving & Handling People conference, an annual event in 3 parts comprising an exhibition, practical workshops and plenary sessions.

The eWell-Being Awards aim to

  • Demonstrate the economic, environmental and social benefits arising from imaginative ICT projects and applications
  • Raise awareness of such projects amongst opinion-formers, decision-makers and the general public
  • Encourage replication and development of innovative ICT projects and technologies that tackle social and/or environmental challenges
  • SustainIT is an initiative of the UK Centre for Economic and Environmental Development (UK CEED), a leading sustainable development charity. The initiative aims to maximise the environmental and social benefits of ICT through innovative research, project demonstration, and the identification and dissemination of best practice.

SustainIT works in a variety of areas including:

  • Digital and social inclusion
  • Public service transformation
  • Climate change and environmental efficiency
  • Better ways of working enabled by ICT (e.g. e-work)
  • On-line consultation and appraisal tools
  • Policy engagement


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