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Supporting the vulnerable who are less able to restrict their movements during Lockdown

Monday 15 February 2021 Data Insight & Analytics

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By Alex Broad

At the time of writing this the UK is well into its 3rd lockdown during freezing temperatures and long nights. For many this means staying indoors and keeping any form of outside movement to a minimum. However, some are less fortunate and are not able to restrict their movement to just their home and forced to go outdoors.

 

Less affluent groups are moving much more than those in wealthier Acorn groups

When we look at the data of the UK’s movement, we see that groups who are less affluent are having to move a lot more than those in wealthier groups. Many factors about their lifestyle, such as the type of jobs they have, requires them to be out of the house more often. Whilst many of us can stay safe and keep the virus at bay these groups have to put themselves at greater risk of catching the virus.

The higher exposure to the virus and greater risk of isolation for these groups is escalated by their lower incomes and limited access to the technologies that could connect them to online support services. Sadly, there is a serious risk that more people are likely to fall into this category as the economic downturn, caused by the pandemic, leads to higher unemployment. This only exacerbates the challenge of restricting their movements as they search for new jobs and need for support from services beyond their 4 walls.

The risk of the rise of these new and larger and larger vulnerable groups mean that charities have a greater challenge to connect with those who are more in need and digitally isolated. Before lockdown charities could provide community support through their stores. In a recent CACI hosted charity roundtable, we heard how charity shops play a key role in providing such a place for those needing help or seeking advice about their difficult situations.

However, with no access to shops or community hubs charities have looked to online as a substitute to provide support. Whilst this has been a huge benefit to some, there are many who will not have the digital capabilities that will enable them to reach out for help online. Without the online communication or physical services open to provide support there is greater risk of these groups being neglected.

So how do you reach out to those who are not online and need support when they themselves don’t know where go to get help?

This is where data plays a vital part, to support charities who are on the ground. In response to this need we have provided charities with our vulnerability data to give visibility of where those who are digitally and financially vulnerable are likely to be. This has helped charities and other support services to use the data to guide volunteers and support groups on the ground on where to go to reach out to those more vulnerable.

CACI’s Vulnerability Indicators maps out where those with high risks of digital vulnerable, such as not having a mobile phone, more likely to be confused by computers and having slow internet speeds are likely to live and where to. Knowing the areas of where someone will have a lack of online resources means that charities can help from delivering a food shop to providing a form of social contact. These vital services not only improve the mental wellbeing but also reduce their movement during lockdown minimising their risk of catching the virus.

Our data at CACI is already supporting many charities and organisation in their cause to help those who are in need of their services. If you are interested to explore more about our data on the vulnerable populations and how we can support your organisation, do get in touch with us

At the time of writing this the UK is well into its 3rd lockdown during freezing temperatures and long nights. For many this means staying indoors and keeping any form of outside movement to a minimum.

Supporting the vulnerable who are less able to restrict their movements during Lockdown