Comic Relief teams up with Microsoft to help UK charities improve lives using technology

21st June 2016

Comic Relief has teamed up with Microsoft to help two charities who are using technology to improve the understanding of youth homelessness and connect domestic violence professionals in the UK.

This exciting partnership with Microsoft follows the success of our Tech for Good fund, which supports charities to use technology to address social challenges.

Several charities applied for funding and the two winning projects were from youth homelessness charity Centrepoint and domestic abuse charity SafeLives.

Centrepoint is the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people, aged 16-25. It has spent two years developing its Youth Homelessness Databank, collating data from a number of different sources. It aims to provide a better understanding of the number of young homeless people in the UK, why they become homeless and the impact of this on services in different areas. This tool is the first open data resource of its kind in the UK. The grant has helped Centrepoint further develop this technology into a more user-friendly, accessible system.

SafeLives is a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse. It has used its grant to develop an online forum for domestic violence professionals working across various sectors to come together and share best practice. The website aims to bring together people often working independently or who can be isolated from other people working across the country.

In February this year, both projects were given £20,000. Microsoft donated $50,000 (more than £34,000) to the initiative, the remainder of the funds and administration of the grants were provided by Comic Relief. Both of these exciting projects will be launching this summer.

You can find out more about applying for our current funding initiatives here, where we welcome digital approaches. We will be looking to support additional Tech for Good projects later in 2016. When there is a specific Tech for Good funding initiative, information and how to apply will be found here.

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