We’re grateful to Adi and Ewan from Personal Alarm Watch, a member of the Devon Rural Social Enterprise Network, for sharing their story with us.
In Adi’s words …
“I’ve been working with my co-founder Ewan to improve older people’s lives for 7 years now. It’s something I’m deeply passionate about and developed through my own family and feeling like my grandparents deserve better. I have a masters in engineering, have worked at McLaren, was on the Forbes 30 under 30 list for social good and was on the first cohort of Entrepreneur First.”
Adi and Ewan started Personal Alarm Watch because for far too long, older people have had to put up with antiquated red button pendants when they start to get more frail at home. In the UK, 2 million people have these alarms but they are unanimously disliked; the red buttons are stigmatising and the limited range (home and garden) makes people feel trapped.
The reason almost 1 in 30 people have them is a lack of choice and innovation in the space. The alternative is more care (at home or care home) and losing your independence.
So, after extensively working with older people to develop and test, they created the Personal Alarm Watch. It’s a discreet everyday watch that works anywhere in the country and can connect you to a 24/7 monitoring care team at the push of a button. The price has been kept as low as possible so not only does it do more than pendants but it costs the same.
Personal Alarm Watch was initially supported by the South West program, Transform Ageing. Through the support from Transform Ageing, Adi and Ewan were able to get feedback and test ideas with communities in the South West, particularly in Torbay. This enabled them to get valuable input in understanding the limitations of existing alarms and developing something better.
The team launched the service in January and have happy customers up and down the country that are genuinely proud of their watches. They are already the highest rated alarm service on Trustpilot and have even saved people’s lives!
Personal Alarm Watch has recently benefitted from a ‘Grow It’ award from UnLtd, which will help them to build on this foundation, improve awareness and scale the product’s impact so people can stay independent at home.
Nas Morley, UnLtd’s Director of Partnerships & Influence, underlined the timely importance of the expertise and support on offer and said: “I’m constantly amazed by the ideas social entrepreneurs have, especially as we welcome our latest cohort of award winners. Social entrepreneurs are true alchemists, taking society’s urgent problems and their lived experience and making innovative gold to share with their communities and beyond. This cohort represents that perfectly, and their unique alchemy is increasingly necessary in these trying and unpredictable times. To help our award winners create long-term success and impact, we give them with the tailored expertise, funding, and support networks they need. While I can’t predict the future, I can confidently say it will be a brighter one with the contribution these award winners will make to the lives of many and the society we live in.”
Adi Kasliwal, Personal Alarm Watch said: “We’ve had a fantastic response since our launch in January in helping people stay more independent at home. UnLtd’s support will make a huge difference in enabling us to continue to positively impact more people nationally.”
Is your social enterprise involved in creating resilient communities, employability or ageing? UnLtd is currently working hard with partners from both the public and private sectors to deliver social impact by harnessing the huge potential of social entrepreneurs to solve society’s biggest challenges. The organisation is focused on three big impact areas; resilient communities, employability, and solutions for an ageing society. More information on UnLtd’s latest funding opportunities is available online here.