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New Health and Care Project Launched to Tackle Loneliness

A new partnership between Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and Denbighshire County Council’s Social Care department has been formed in a bid to combat loneliness in care.

The collaborative project involves Coleg Llandrillo Computing students programming an interactive, versatile robot - ‘Pepper’, whilst Health & Social Care students study the positive effects it can have.

Hailey Hockenhull, Programme Area Manager for Health and Social Care at Coleg Llandrillo, explained,

“We’re grateful to Denbighshire County Council for giving our students the opportunity to work with their team and this advanced robot.

“Our work with Pepper is an exciting trial to discover if robots can really help within the social care sector. Pepper is highly advanced, and is able to make eye contact and mimic movements to make you really feel as though you're engaged in conversation with it”

Councillor Elen Heaton, Lead member for Health and Social Care at Denbighshire County Council, said,

“The Social Care Robotics project was postponed during the Pandemic as its original intention was to research face to face interventions into tackling loneliness.

The newly formed partnership between Denbighshire County Council and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is an exciting opportunity to develop an understanding of the potential benefits. It not only explores the advantages of integrating technologies into the social care sector, but also opens up opportunities for young people and students to gain an insight into the sector, allowing them to think creatively and develop solutions for the future.”

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