In many countries around the world, the weekly to the doorstep or balcony to applaud the those who have been at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19 has become a ritualised moment of community and connection. In the UK, it’s the Thursday evening #ClapforNHS, where people pay tribute to the people keeping the health service going. For those who have been housebound, that ability to connect with our neighbours has become precious.
But not everyone who wants to participate can. Health issues or infirmity can throw up barriers to the seemingly simple gesture. Step in creatives Olly Cooper and Elliott Shiels, who have made a simulator that allows anyone to take part with just a tap.
“We all know that Clap for Carers has become THE way to celebrate our fantastic NHS. But Ell and I both know people who actually have difficulty clapping. People who only really get to witness the celebration rather than be part of it,” explains Olly.
is straightforward to operate, says Olly. “It's a super simple site that provides the sound of clapping for you. So, people who do have difficultly clapping can simply tap a button on their phone - or get a friend, relative or carer to do it for them - turn up the volume and join everyone in the Thursday night celebrations.”
So far the site has proven popular during their soft launch, but now the pair want to push TaptoClap
out far and wide so that everyone who wants to join in can.