Exploring how to use mixed reality & telepresence technology to tackle loneliness and reduce feelings of social isolation

1.5 million people aged over 50 in the UK suffer from chronic loneliness. Using co-design workshops and low-fi prototypes, this project explores how mixed reality (MR) technology may help tackle loneliness, for example enabling us to gather remotely with friends and family across immersive virtual worlds.


Catalyst R2

Lead Organisation

Cardiff University




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About the project

The project engages with charities and industrial stakeholders, building partnerships and trust to synthesise new ways of strengthening communities and help establish deep relationships to relieve loneliness.

Our work with village residents and care staff will enable ExtraCare and CUSH company to understand the fundamental requirements of a community-based digital approach supporting a healthier lifestyle in old age.


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