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We had fabulous news, from our lovely clients at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust (LCH). Their communications team have been shortlisted for 4 awards, at the Public Sector Communications Awards this September.
Why are we so happy? Well, our Community Equipment Amnesty campaign, is one of the campaigns being shortlisted for 2 of the awards.
The Community Equipment Amnesty is an ongoing campaign aimed at prompting people in Liverpool to return their borrowed NHS equipment, including things like wheelchairs, walking sticks and crutches. When these items are not returned, it costs the local NHS over £500,000 annually.
Kev decided upon an ‘line-up’ approach, featuring various items of community equipment to get people into thinking about whether they have any of the ‘usual suspects’ lurking around their home and giving clear information on how to return them. The campaign was used over printed formats, web graphics and LCH’s entire fleet of vans!
After being rolled out in March 2017, the campaign featured on BBC1’s, The One Show, who had a whole segment on returning equipment and the huge costs to the NHS. It seems to have made a positive impact though, as to date it’s saved the local NHS £1.9 million and seen a 40% increase (so far) in people returning borrowed items.
The campaign has been shortlisted for the ‘Community Relations Campaign of the Year 2017’ and the ‘Local Community Initiative of the Year 2017’ at the Public Sector Communications Awards
Good Luck to LCH for all the awards you are nominated for!
For more information on the Community Equipment amnesty please visit Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust
Featured on The BBC’s One Show was another winning campaign from Splinter’s resident NHS expert Kevin McCann. NHS account manager Kev’s ‘Line up’ design encourages people to return their borrowed medical equipment: wheelchairs, crutches, zimmer frames etc. to the NHS and save money.
Besides printed and digital media the ‘Line up’ design has featured in local media including The One show and been seen locally on the side of vans that are collecting people’s medical equipment. The Amnesty campaign has proven to be incredibly effective for clients Liverpool Community Health as they have had a 40% increase in people returning borrowed equipment in the last couple of months, helping save the NHS a whopping £1.9 million in 6 months.
…in Congleton, Behaviour and Welfare Lead; Liz Griffen, and her students for inviting Lesley Seal, Senior Communications Officer from Cheshire East Council and myself to discuss our adolescent neglect campaign.
The Council and school are both creating awareness campaigns to educate people about child and adolescent neglect. Splinter is proud to have won the commission and be involved with this important project. There is little discussed or understood about exactly what child neglect is and what as a society we should do about it. So I was grateful to speak to Liz, a safeguarding and welfare specialist and her group of students, who gave up their lunchtimes to discuss the subject and give me their valuable insight on visuals, messaging and communication channels.
I was made to feel very welcome and am impressed by the students’ design savvy, creative input and clear understanding of a complex and subjective issue. Having already provided such crucial insight, we have kindly been invited for a return match to tell us what they think of our creative…fingers crossed!
I look forward to my return visit at the end of the month.
…And look out for the campaign in March.
Splinter Design would like to send their well wishes to one of our favourite print clients, James Brown, from Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, and his twin brother Tim who are taking part in this weekend’s British Transplant Games in Liverpool.
James and Tim are excellent ambassadors for the games after being part of the transplant process a few years ago, when James gave Tim one of his kidneys. Both have since recovered and continued their quest for long and healthy lifestyles, showing the success of the transplant process, and highlighting the importance of organ donation.
The games run from 28th – 31st July, are sponsored by Westfield Health, working with Transplant Sport, Anthony Nolan and Donor family network. They are FREE to attend and held over various sites across the city over the weekend covering sports like Archery (Liverpool Cricket Club), Swimming (Wavertree Aquatics Centre), Volley Ball (Greenbank) and Darts (PANAM). For more information of the games schedule please see: www.britishtransplantgames.co.uk – and don’t forget, sign up to be a donor!
Kev, who works closely with James has produced an illustration to wish them well. Good luck to all participants!
We at Splinter don’t just like to eat doughnuts… we like to rock n roll as well. With that in mind last weekend I became one of the 16000 people to take part in the Liverpool part or the Rock n Roll Marathon series, which began in San Diego in 1998 and now has at least 30 events worldwide in cities like Liverpool, Washington DC, Dublin, Madrid and Las Vegas.
The weekend comprised a 5k on the Saturday and a Half Marathon, Marathon and a 1 mile on the Sunday…Oh and a big piece of bling and a free beer at the end – what’s not to love about that?
I’ve been running for around 2 years and am still very much a beginner. I completed couch to 5k, found a beginners running group local to me through the Run England site and started adding on some miles over the last 18 months. Last year I ran 10 x 10k races and joined the Penny Lane Striders running club. This year my challenge is 3 or 4 half marathons. I ran my first half in Liverpool in March and this was my second.
It wasn’t “fun”, but it was definitely fun as well. It was way too hot, and the sun along the prom was brutal for the last 4 miles, but it was a laugh, loads of music and people dressed up along the course. There were so many people out cheering and so many lovely people to chat too on the course from other running clubs, it really amazes me the community feel. The course was a lovely winding course through a beautifully clear sunny Liverpool. it definitely showed off the city at it’s best and the mix of grand buildings at the pier head and in town mixed with the quiet leafy parks we ran through was beautiful.
It wasn’t my fastest race, but I am pleased to have completed another one and to come away with 3 medals out of it – a 5k one, a half marathon one and a remix one because I did both events.
Only problem with Rock n Roll is… you want more… so I’ve already signed up for next years Liverpool race, and plans are afoot to maybe go to Dublin so I can add an encore medal (for running a second event) and a world rocker medal (for running in 2 different countries) to my collection.
It’s all about the bling don’tcha know…
The UK Government has selected Splinter as one of the companies to provide digital services to The UK Government’s Digital Marketplace.
Managed by The Cabinet Office’s Government Digital Service, whose ‘job is the digital transformation of government’, the framework helps government and public sector organisations to find and select specialists to work on digital projects.
Splinter’s inclusion allows us to offer digital services such as: API, WordPress, game, app development, user experience and design.
This win comes off the back of being successful to supply digital services to The Welsh Government’s department of Education…Scotland for the hat-trick!
Splinter and Liverpool company Twin Vision have been busy working with schools to create Liverpool’s ‘Local Offer’ app. The ‘Local Offer’ is a new law, which states that every local authority must talk with children and young people, with special educational needs or disabilities and their families to find out what sort of support and services they need.
Splinter recently launched 2 Welsh second language apps to promote and encourage learners to engage with the Welsh language. The games are designed for teachers and pupils of Primary and Secondary schools.
As a preferred supplier of digital services to The Welsh Government’s, Welsh in Education Resources Branch, we were pleased to have been invited and won the competitive pitch.
We often get asked what goes into making a series of animations like Seymour Science. I thought that perhaps we could go through a long explanation, OR, we could just show you a snapshot of some of the visual assets we created along the way. You’ll see that there’s sketches, amendments, re-works, character sheets, environments… Hopefully it will provide you a fun insight into what we do! Oh, and if you like what you see, please VOTE FOR US in the Lovie Awards People Choice. We could do with the support!