We have recently secured Welsh Government SMART Expertise funding to evaluate the health and wellbeing benefits of HUG. This is being done in collaboration with the NHS, Sunrise Senior Living and Stroke Hub Wales.

The EMPOWERED project (Evaluation and Making: Playful Objects for Wellbeing, Emotional Regulation and Engagement for Dementia & Post-Stroke Cognitive Impairment) will evaluate the health and wellbeing benefits of hand-held playful products for people living with advanced dementia and post stroke cognitive impairment. HUG and a range of new products will be developed as part of this Welsh Government SMART Expertise funded project.