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January 2019

Communicare247 appointed to Scotland Excel framework

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Digital telecoms specialists Communicare247 has been appointed to the Scotland Excel framework for local authorities’ telecare services worth up to £25.2 million.

The digital telecare specialist will provide cloud-based services, coupled with technologies including GPS devices, telecare mobile phones, personal care detectors and environmental sensors that will enable people to live independently in their homes for longer across all of Scotland’s 32 local authorities.

Communicare247 is the only independent Scottish SME among the 14 companies awarded through the framework to deliver personal telecare technologies across Scotland over the next four years.

Tom Morton, chief executive officer of Communicare247, said: “We welcome this framework that underpins Scotland’s adoption of telecare services that are fit for the future. Now is the time for local authority commissioners to ensure their telecare systems are robust and truly offer citizens choice and freedom.

“Adopting the right services combined with the right technologies can deliver social care that reduces the number of people affected by delayed discharge. As well, digital telecare is the only way to ensure that home alarms reach the help needed as the UK telephone network switches to digital.”

Scotland Excel, the Centre of Procurement Expertise for the local government sector in Scotland, represents its 32 local authorities and manages a £1 billion contract portfolio that supports the delivery of social care, construction, roads, transport, environment, corporate, education and ICT services.

Glasgow-based Communicare247, founded in 2007, says it operates the only facilities in Scotland that can provide an end-to-end digital telecare solution to local authorities and other healthcare providers. The company’s state-of-the-art Alarm Receiving Centre is based in Dunoon.

Article as published in The Insider.

Communicare247 helps young carers to take a break

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Article as featured in The Scotsman and the Insider

Digital telecare specialist Communicare247 is teaming up with a charity to help support young people across Scotland with caregiving responsibilities.

The health tech business, which provides monitoring services to support in-home care, has partnered with Carers Trust Scotland to provide a weekend break for 30 young carers at a Dunoon holiday park in February.

The event, which is coordinated by Carers Trust Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance, will see the youngsters sail from Gourock to the Hunters Quay Holiday Village, a resort belonging to the Argyll Holidays group.

The resort offers luxury caravan accommodation, a leisure complex with pool and sauna facilities, as well as a fitness centre and dance studio.

The initiative is part of a charity support campaign launched by Communicare247 and its sister company Safe Shores Monitoring to celebrate 20 years in business. Other charities supported by the campaign include Carr Gomm, Help for Heroes and Poppyscotland.

Communicare247 is based in Glasgow with an alarm receiving centre in Dunoon, where the firm was established.

Founder and chief executive Tom Morton said: “We take our hats off to these young people who give so much to help others, and we wanted to help them. By giving them the chance to have some fun and relaxation in our hometown of Dunoon, we hope that it goes some way in helping them feel valued for the sacrifices they make year-round to support others.

“We wanted to do this to celebrate that for 20 years we have been helping employers, and more recently carers, through Communicare247 with ensuring the security and safety of people either in the workplace or at home.”

Louise Morgan, director for Scotland and Northern Ireland at Carers Trust Scotland, said: “These children dedicate their lives to helping their loved ones and are often desperate for a break from their duties and to have a bit of fun – that’s why young carer respite services like this are such a lifeline for them.

“We welcome the support of organisations like Communicare247 to help make it happen each year.”