Message in a Bottle

This project targeted vulnerable people and people living alone. Datalink is a free voluntary scheme, originating in Australia, whereby details of medical information (drugs, allergies etc) and next of kin contact details are stored inside an empty film canister, making the information easily available for any emergency service called to the home. With the support of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Age Concern, the Freemason’s and the local emergency services, we launched this scheme across the Borough in two years. A great deal of hard work went into the presentation of the scheme to the relevant people in Solihull and in setting up the infrastructure to distribute the containers. We gave over 22,000 containers away and received many words of praise and congratulations on a very simple, but worthwhile cause. In December 2004 we decided to finalise the scheme.