Research documents that having meaningful conversations with other people is vital in order to prevent loneliness, and that loneliness results in reduced quality of life while significantly increasing health costs. That is exactly what connec’s Online Befriender does.
Today, we have a unique opportunity to create significant results in the fight against loneliness by thinking cross-sectorally, unconventionally and involving and embracing new technology and civil society. connec supports this development
All municipalities are challenged by the combination of an increasing number of lonely people and rising associated costs, so prevention is high on the agenda.
Therefore, connec develops and implements solutions that, through innovative new forms of cooperation, technology and co-creation, increase quality of life and learning with particular focus on vulnerable groups in society.
Our ambition is to contribute with concepts that strengthen and maintain the user’s courage and desire to participate in social activities and active citizenship, while bringing their own competencies into play. Ultimately, the goal is that the target audience evolves to be part of the solution and not the challenge.
connec’s solutions provide users with “help-to-help-yourself”, while utilizing new technologies and innovative ways to collaborate and co-create. Thereby, creating active citizens, who can contribute to society’s cohesion.
The Online Befriender is a digital platform that facilitates meaningful conversations between its users (lonely citizens – some with special needs) and educated and certified volunteers. The platform enables the volunteers and users to find each other through mutual areas of interest – ensuring common ground upon which they can start their conversation.
They talk via live voice or video chat, and the platform enables them to share images etc. during the interaction.
The Online Befriender is the first of connec’s major solutions and is divided into three offerings, each targeted at a specific user-group:
Online Befriender Orange – for all lonely citizens – seniors, teenagers etc.
Online Befriender Green – for lonely citizens with social or psychologic needs
Online Befriender Blue (coming soon) – for other groups with special needs – for example, families affected by diabetes or cancer.