Connecting young carers with local resources and support
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weKonnekt supports young carers in the UK, connecting them to other carers and resources in their local area. The app was created by Hasan, Shayaan, Shakil, Itesham & Luay from Denbigh High School, Luton and won the People's Choice Award powered by Essence at the Apps for Good Awards 2015.

We talked to the team:

What was the inspiration behind your app?

Although we are not young carers, we are young people. We were shocked when we started to do some research to find out just how difficult life is for young carers who are often the same age as we are. We felt that we had a fantastic opportunity taking part in Apps For Good and that we genuinely had a chance to create something that could make a significant difference to young carers lives.

What did you enjoy most about developing your app?

Working together as a team. At first the regular after school sessions were a demanding commitment, but as time went on and we developed in our own roles it was really satisfying to see what we were able to produce as a team rather than just working as individuals.

How do you hope your app will help its users?

We hope that the app will help young carers to socialise with others and access the support services that they need, especially in their local area.

What has been your favourite Apps for Good moment?

Winning the People's Choice Award in London was amazing. It was the last award of the night and we were convinced that we were going home empty handed, so to win was an extraordinary feeling. It made all of the previous hard work, planning and development worthwhile!

This is the first app powered by Essence. We look forward to launching more apps together in the future.