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Improving the lives of people needing care using technology

A pioneering initiative from Vodafone Business Ventures to improve the lives of people with a learning disability

As the number of people in society needing care grows, so does pressure on health systems across the globe, with the carer population experiencing more demands than ever before. We believe that technology can transform the way care is delivered, merging the physical with the digital, enhancing independence and empowering those that need care.

At Vodafone we’re committed to making sure that everyone is connected for a better future. We’ve developed a pioneering solution with Mencap; the UK’s leading learning disability charity, to support those living in assisted care homes.

Internet of Things (IoT) devices

Co-designed by people with learning disabilities and their support workers, it uses Internet of Things (IoT) enabled devices and personalised digital services.

Greater independence

It aims to provide greater independence, choice and access to technology - helping to improve the quality of life for over 1.4 million people living with learning disabilities in the UK, their families and carers.

Connected for a better future

Connected Living

Connected Living

Connected Living focuses on making everyday activities - such as household tasks, time planning and socialising - easier.

The technology helps people receive tailored and personalised support, and uses a range of intuitive IoT enabled devices that are installed in living homes. These devices are controlled by a bespoke app, called Vodafone MyLife, helping Mencap's residents control their own environments.

The innovative project uses technology to enhance the quality of life for people with learning disabilities, as well as providing support workers with complimentary tools to use in providing personalised care.

Co-designed by Vodafone, support workers and people with learning difficulties living in Mencap’s supported living services across the UK, use Connected Living.

It combines Vodafone's expertise in IoT and connectivity with Mencap's experience of improving the quality of life for people with a learning disability.

Connected Living focuses on how to make everyday activities - such as household tasks, time planning and socialising - easier.


Technologies, including a range of user friendly, intuitive IoT enabled devices were installed in supported living homes controlled by a bespoke app, called Vodafone MyLife. Unlike standalone devices including GPS trackers or fall detectors, the MyLife app offers a simple user interface that is integrated and accessible via a single tablet.

Mencap's clients control of their smart devices, while also enabling their support workers to have remote access.

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