- June 2, 2020
- Posted by: BeaconAi
- Category: Latest News
We are very proud of the son of our CEO & CTO Griffin, who is part of a group of young Cork boys who have come up with a wonderful idea to help children connect with isolated elderly members of their community, during the pandemic and beyond.
Griffin, along with Ronan, Callum and Harry created an app that they hope will encourage children their age to reach out to isolated elderly people who may not receive a lot of visitors. These innovative youngsters are the best of buds who not only are in the same class at school, but they all also play for both Wilton United and Highfield Rugby Club.
The boys originally came up with the idea a few months ago as a class project and went on to receive a certificate at the BT Young Scientist Awards. The original idea stemmed from the fact that the boys felt that they didn’t get to visit their elderly relatives as much as they’d like which led them to consider that people in nursing homes may not have anyone to talk to.
Their platform is called Care UTD
The caring ten year olds set up a website to run the project and called it Care UTD because they all love soccer and the idea is that they are united together to help people in their community. It was up and running before the Covid 19 Pandemic started, they had just decided “why don’t we help people that don’t have anyone?”.
That concept has now evolved to answer needs that have cropped up due to the coronavirus outbreak. Elderly people who can’t do their shopping or maybe just want a chat can now register online and can make a request for groceries etc.
The original model of the platform was that schools would register to participate and teachers in the school would suggest individuals pupils could talk to – this ensured a layer of safety as the recipients could be vetted through the school. There is great scope to match up children with elderly people who have similar interests like chess, rugby and so on. More about this great initiative on www.careutd.com
The four lads attend the same school and play for the same football club.
“Then the families and volunteers who are involved will try and make arrangements to help them, even if you have Covid-19 or symptoms.