WAVE – Weekly audio visual engagement

mPower in the Southern Trust supported the WAVE project, launched by the Confederation of Community Groups (CCG). WAVE which stands for Weekly Audio Visual Engagement was the next generation of the Good morning call that the CCG offered. The benefits of taking this onto a visual platform meant that a visual check can accompany the conversation. It’s difficult via the telephone alone to pick up meaningful information about a persons wellbeing, such as are they looking well or dressed or shaved. A conversation via video allows more meaningful information to be shared through body language also and gives a better indicator of wellbeing. The WAVE project was successfully piloted in Newry, South Down and South Armagh.

Aidan McCabe, mPower Implementation Lead with the Southern Health and Social Care Trust (SHSCT) said “ We’re thrilled to be supporting this important initiative – it means that more and more older people are getting the support they need and in a more meaningful way. A fantastic by product is that they’re also becoming more confident using digital technology, which can open up a whole new world of offerings for their wellbeing”.