Award nod for Edinburgh tech savvy housing and care provider

Fanchea Kelly, Blackwood

Charity nominated in the UK Housing Awards for the first time 

Blackwood Housing and Care has been shortlisted as a finalist in the UK Housing Awards 2017, in the new Outstanding Approach to Promoting Digital Inclusion category.
It’s the first time the Edinburgh-headquartered charity has been nominated for such a prestigious award, which recognises Blackwood’s achievements over the past 12 months in enabling independent living through the use of cutting edge technology.
Training on Blackwood’s integrated digital care system, CleverCogs, for example, has opened up new horizons for some customers that have never been online before and tailored sessions and dedicated support has helped customers overcome their anxieties and fears, enabling them to explore the digital world.
Blackwood chief executive Fanchea Kelly said: “It is wonderful for Blackwood to be shortlisted for this award, especially as this is the inaugural year for this category so this is a huge success for us.
“Our recent business growth and the rollout out of our CleverCogs technology across Scotland are just a few examples of our digital achievements and we are delighted to see our efforts and hard work recognised in this way.
“This is a huge year for us as the construction of our highly accessible Blackwood House development is now well underway in Dundee, so to kick it all off by being shortlisted for such a prestigious award is very exciting indeed.”
Blackwood says it prides itself on being at the forefront of the housing and care sector, and has a division dedicated to pioneering technology to identify, support and help develop the latest design and tech to benefit its customers.
The winner will be announced in 10 weeks at the award ceremony – to be held at the Lancaster London Hotel in London on Wednesday, 26 April.

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