Assisted Living Action Network: Digital tools to support a more physically active lifestyle

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15/07/2019|Time: 18:00 - 20:30
Location: Runway East Bristol, 1 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6AA
Organised by: West of England AHSN
Tel: 0117 900 3408

Event summary

The ALAN runs a quarterly seminar programme to bring together business, healthcare professionals, service user groups and academic researchers to discuss the key issues and areas of unmet need.

Our aim is to build up and facilitate new collaborations, to promote knowledge transfer and the uptake of research and create commercial opportunities for products or services.

Our focus is to improve the health and wellbeing and support economic development in the South West of England. We will draw on best practise from the UK and Europe.

The founding members are: University of Bath, Bath Research and Development, Designability, the South West Academic Health Network and the University of West of England (Institute of Bio-sensing Technology).

Schedule for the event:

6.00pm: Drinks and refreshments


  • Welcome from Nigel Harris, Director of Innovation and Growth West of England AHSN
  • Jo Bangoura, West of England AHSN – Have your vision realised – Hyvr. A social media community engagement platform
  • Tommy Parker KiActiv®, – Development and evaluation of a digital personalised physical activity therapy programme
  • Open Mic – is your organisation working on a project to encourage a more physically active lifestyle?
  • Update on upcoming events
  • Zoe Banks Gross, Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) – Engaging with the community to develop a ‘physical activity guidelines toolkit’

8:00 pm: Drinks and networking

Our speakers:

Jo Bangoura, Senior Project Manager, West of England AHSN

Jo leads the development of the Hyvr – have your vision realised, social media community engagement platform. The platform was developed as a resource to support crowdsourcing of ideas of solutions to real problems. The ASHN are supporting four community and social enterprise sector Hyvr exemplar projects.

Tommy Parker, Digital Innovation Lead, KiActiv

KiActiv®,is a clinically proven digital therapy that delivers sustainable behaviour change for personalised everyday physical activity in the context of health. The guided 12-week programme is not about exercise or sport but finding the value of movement in the daily routine of life. Optimising everyday physical activity is vital to our health and will improve strength, balance and functional capacity, supporting greater independence. Re-establishing everyday physical activity as the foundation for health and wellbeing is also a powerful catalyst for other positive lifestyle changes.

Zoe Banks, Community Engagement Manager, Knowle West Media Centre

Knowle West Media Centre supports people to make positive changes in their lives and communities, using technology and the arts to come up with creative solutions to problems and explore new ways of doing things.

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