Partners in I2I

The University of Agder

The Centre for eHealth and Healthcare Technology at the University of Agder (UiA) is an interdisciplinary research center with proven experience on the quadruple helix model, expert in co-creation, human-health-technology interaction, integrated care and business process management. It runs high-fidelity usability and simulation laboratories and has evaluation capacity. Close collaboration takes place with Norwegian municipalities, health care services, volunteer organisations and policy makers. UiA is LB of In For Care.

Municipality of Arendal

The municipality of Arendal offers a variety of public services to inhabitants of all ages, but is preparing for a future of less resources and higher demands. The demographic prognoses suggest a large population of elderly in years to come, which will imply more old people living alone at home at risk of becoming isolated and lonely. The goal is that all elderly can receive good public services and support in coping with life – at home for as long as possible.

Abertay University

Abertay University is planning to utilise its extensive expertise in Technology and Computer Games to propose innovative solutions for stimulating better public service delivery to tackle the issues of social isolation. It has extensive experience of co-creation and value sensitive design, ensuring the needs of the user are at the centre of the design process.

Region Värmland

Region Värmland as a public health provider will contribute its extensive knowledge of public health data to help to identify target groups, contributing with previous methods used to improve health and wellbeing for people suffering from loneliness and isolation. Värmland will also contribute with best practices and knowledge on how to actively involve end users in service innovation and conducting co-creation workshops. its approach will be user-centred throughout the project.

Municipality of Assen

The municipality of Assen has experience with co-creation and co-designing within the transformation of care and welfare. In addition, it has a database that has been collected over the years from neighbourhood surveys and, among other things, provides insight into social issues such as informal care, social cohesion and loneliness. We will offer a number of testing grounds to introduce or improve technological innovations with the aim of strengthening social cohesion and combating loneliness.

Diakonie Bremen

Diakonie Bremen (DWHB) is a NGO in Bremen coordinating initiatives to support neighbourhoods, prevent and reduce isolation and loneliness. Services for elderly and disabled persons, health education and volunteers engagement are organized in various suburban centres, with focus on development of diversity and intercultural balancing. DWHB has a direct approach to the several target and risk groups and creates a deeper understanding of their situation.

Canal & River Trust 

The Canal & River Trust (CRT) are experienced in taking a place-based approach to fostering greater social inclusion and tackling problems such as loneliness - extending this across the waterway network and promoting canals as the physical asset around which various activities / interventions are developed and will have the greatest impact. CRT are developing measurement methodologies to assess such schemes e.g. in poorer, urban areas where this a clearly defined need for interventions and potential for greater impacts.

Campaign to End Loneliness

Launched in 2011 the Campaign to End Loneliness concentrates on a single issue and acts as a catalyst for others, to end loneliness. We support a growing network of over 2,000 national, regional and local organisations and around 10,000 individuals to work together through community action, good practice, research and using influence to make a REAL difference to people experiencing loneliness, particularly those in later life. We are also a social health, research & education charity.

Municipality of Aarhus

Aarhus Municipality has a strategy to improve health among citizens by improving quality of life and initiated 16 initiatives to tackle loneliness. It supports strong local communities to reduce loneliness and social isolation through the initiative GENLYD. GENLYD collaborates with many institutions as elderly organisation, volunteers, sports associations and family members. It facilitates social networks and interaction among citizens. One of the means to do so is via digital platform.

Stad Aalst

The city of Aalst puts the end user central in developments of products and services, and has extensive experience in co-creation and service design. Aalst has developed a manual about service design in the domain of informal care and public service delivery. The city of Aalst conducted a pilot about loneliness ‘Ik Leef Mee(r)’ together with the stakeholders and has experience in the development of a neighbourhood oriented approach in ‘smart support in neighbourhoods’.

OCMW Turnhout

OCMW focusses on the individual wellbeing of their inhabitants and have expertise in informal care, elderly and social cohesion and poverty.
The team consist of outreachers, experts in care and in EU projects and will

  • test interventions. The neighbourhood approach will be led by the prevention pyramid (chain approach) to cover all levels from prevention to cure.
  • focus on caring neighbourhoods to raise awareness, detect and use case management.
  • make our social services more effective and efficient