HUG and Cathy were invited on to ITV Wales evening news for a live interview on Thursday 31st October 2019. Watch the interview by following this link, from 15minutes in.
HUG® has been the feature of a short film, produced by the BBC. Reporter Colette Hume has been following the development of HUG® over the last few months, from production of 40 HUGs® by a self-reliant sewing group in Port Talbot, to the trial of 20 HUGs® with residents at Sunrise of Cardiff. The film shares this journey and the story of Margaret, a resident of Sunrise of Cardiff, and her daughter Alison.
The article about HUG, to accompany the film produced by the BBC can be found here
Prof Cathy Treadaway (lead for the EMPOWERED project at Cardiff Metropolitan University) and Jackie Pool (Sunrise Senior Living, Director of Memory Care) were interviewed on BBC Radio Wales breakfast show on Thursday 31st October 2019. They talked about HUG and shared insights on the initial findings of the HUG trial at Sunrise of Cardiff. You can catch up with the interview on BBC Sounds here. Listen from 1hr : 43 mins.
Wrexham Council took delivery of a few HUG by LAUGH® to be distributed to people living with dementia, in the community. In a launch event on Wednesday, organised by Wrexham Borough Council, Adult Social Care Commissioning Team, Cathy shared the story behind HUG and presented a number of HUGs to the team.
HUG by LAUGH® has been selected for the final in the Outstanding Dementia Care Product 2018 category at the National Dementia Care Awards 2018.
HUG by LAUGH® was nominated by staff from Llys Y Seren, Pobl: Gwalia Care & Support in Port Talbot.
Professor Treadaway said: “We are delighted to have been nominated for this award and to have reached the finals of the competition. The design for HUG was developed from our AHRC research partnership with Pobl Gwalia Care and Support and we acknowledge the important support of residents, staff and management that enabled the design research to take place.”
Read more about the awards here.
The LAUGH project will be featured in the Design Research for Change Showcase, part of the London Design Fair 2018. The exhibition showcases 67 AHRC-funded design research projects at the Old Truman Brewery, London from 20th – 23rd September 2018. For more information on the exhibition, please visit Design Research for Change.
Cathy and Gail presented two LAUGH papers at the Design 4 Health, 5th International Conference in Sheffield, 4-6th September 2018.
The paper’s were titled ‘Designing for playfulness through compassion: design for advanced dementia’ and ‘Evaluation or anecdote? Understanding the impact of design’ and will be available on our publications page in due course.