Living it Up

Published on 4 Jun 2015

Living it Up describes itself as an online self-management hub, which aims to empower people to improve their health and wellbeing. Aimed at the over 50s, the resource is packed full of ideas and activities and is useful for those with long-term health conditions, those who provide care and anyone who wants to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life. It is driven by a collaborative community approach.

Living it Up is the Scottish element of the UK-wide dallas programme and is funded by a consortium, led by the Scottish Government, Innovate UK, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise in partnership with other key stakeholders. The service is currently active in five areas across Scotland: Forth Valley, Highland and Argyll and Bute, Lothian, Moray and the Western Isles. It aspires to extend its reach to the whole of Scotland and beyond.

The resource provides users with access to innovative and trusted health, care and wellbeing services, local information, volunteering opportunities and products, which will enable people feel better connected in their communities and more in control of their own health.

Co-design has been at the heart of Living it Up from the initial recruitment of test users through to the development of workshops, which led to the creation of the key services: Discover, Shine, Connect and Flourish. Each stage of development was determined by a combination of community engagement and input from a consortium of experts in technology, service providers and innovators in the five pilot areas.

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This article originally appeared in Care Appointments magazine in their Webwatch section.