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Businesses are invited to the Call 4 Action workshop, designed to facilitate utilities innovation that will improve quality of life for people in vulnerable situations


The EIC has teamed up with gas network Cadent and the Alzheimer’s Society to host the Call 4 Action workshop which aims to discover how innovation in the utilities sector can improve the quality of life and safety of people living with dementia in the UK. 


The workshop will take place on the 6th of November in Wembley and is open to all companies – including utility companies, charities, SMEs, and innovators – looking to contribute to a discussion around the challenges for people living with Dementia plus those caring for them and how the utility sector can address them. 


Attendees will hear insights from experts from the Alzheimer’s Society into the support needed for those living with dementia and will have the opportunity to explore how innovation plays a key role in discovering ideas, products, and services that can promote independent living. 


Businesses can sign up to take part in the Call 4 Action dementia research workshop by signing up here.


According to the Alzheimer’s Society, 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia, with the total current figure in the UK sitting at 850,000. This number is set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. The EIC believes that innovation has the power to change people’s lives for the better, and will use the findings of the workshop to facilitate future collaboration across UK electricity and gas market participants as well as water companies and the communications industry. The EIC will work closely with the existing National Mental Capacity Forum Utility Working Group to help identify and sponsor solutions that support the challenges presented at the workshop.


Denise Massey, Managing Director of the EIC, said, “The purpose of the EIC is to work with SMEs and utility companies to drive innovation that brings about social progress and improves the quality of people’s lives in the UK. We’re thrilled to partner with Cadent and the Alzheimer’s Society to host the Call 4 Action workshop to lead research into how the challenges of living with dementia can be solved through innovation within the utilities sector. We hope that this is the first major step in the creation of meaningful solutions that support the industry-wide goal of keeping customers on the priority services register (PSR), such as those with Dementia, living independently in the safety of their own homes.”


Jo Giles, Customer Safeguarding Manager at Cadent, said, “As providers of vital services, the utilities sector is committed to prioritising the needs and protection of people in vulnerable situations. Our aim is to empower those people to be able to live well and not be left behind by an industry that is rapidly changing. The work we are doing with the EIC, starting with the Call 4 Action workshop, is key to understanding how the industry can come together to facilitate innovation and make a difference to people living with dementia.”


Event details


Date: Wednesday, 6 November, 2019

Time: 09:00 – 16:00

Location: Holiday Inn London, Wembley, Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 8DS

How to register: https://bit.ly/33Z951E


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