HAMPSHIRE County Council has launched a new app which will allow residents to access support information around-the-clock – even if they have no internet connection.

Named the Connect to Support Hampshire app, it gives users the ability to manage their own care and support needs, as well as have numbers to hand for county-run services.

A sister website has also been developed for those who wish to access the information via a computer.

Developed by Public Consulting Group UK on behalf of the county council, the app contains: A directory of local services, activities, charities and helplines to support individuals with specific needs; A directory of Care Quality Commission-registered home care agencies that can provide personal and nursing care in people’s homes; A directory of registered care homes and nursing homes in Hampshire.

The app also allows users to search for information offline.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, adult social care and health boss, said: “Connect to Support Hampshire is a fantastic one-stop shop for anyone looking for information about care and support in Hampshire, whether they are trying to find a local support group, need help for a specific disability or are looking for care services for themselves or a loved one.

“The community directory also lets people quickly and easily search for all of the activities and services available within their local area, including not only voluntary organisations and care-related businesses, but also social clubs, community projects and volunteering opportunities, which we know are an essential part of healthy, active communities.

“With the launch of the new Connect to Support Hampshire mobile app, the wealth of care and support information can now be accessed offline without an internet connection, giving Hampshire residents access 24/7.”

The council says that the website and mobile app have been developed with input from Southampton University, to ensure that Connect to Support Hampshire is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of ability or technology.