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Ciptex partners with Shelter to support those at risk of homelessness

Technology partner Ciptex has developed a new multi-channel self-service Contact Centre with UK housing charity Shelter.

Shelter, which has 22 offices across England and Scotland, provided advice to over 31,000 households in 2023.

The housing crisis and rise in homelessness means that Shelter is facing an evergrowing demand for its services. Shelter needs to make imaginative use of technology to provide appropriate advice to its callers and the partnership with Ciptex is looking at new ways of delivering services.

Deploying Ciptex’s technology, powered by global customer engagement platform Twilio, the aim is for every Shelter caller to have their own specific advisor. This will ensure that mainline advisors are freed up to focus on emergency or most high priority cases, delivering useful information quickly to people who can’t get through to a live advisor.

Phase 1 of the partnership has replaced existing Contact Centre core services with a live online chat service in addition to voice recognition. Phase 2 is transforming services using a chatbot to triage inquiries with future phases linking this with an augmented AI advice tool, supporting Shelter to deliver their services to more customers.

Simon Weeks, CEO – Ciptex, said:

“Following the successful launch of our services to the UK housing sector with our partnership with Aster Group, we are proud to be partnering with housing and homelessness charity Shelter, using our friction free Contact Centre technology and expertise to make a difference.

“We are excited to be supporting Shelter to achieve more first contact resolution for a wide range of complex inquiries, as well as deploying AI to support people at risk of homelessness with the urgent advice they need.”


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