Co-creating Wellbeing: The WarmNeighbourhoods Experience

Nikki Holliday, Gillian Ward, Darren Awang

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The WarmNeighbourhoods AroundMe project utilised a co-creation approach to develop a consumer focused wellbeing service utilising sensor technology that would alert friends and family to let them know that a loved one (older/vulnerable person) was 'OK'. The aim of the service was to provide reassurance to friends and relative whilst allowing the older/vulnerable person to live in their own home independently. Technology is purported to be one tool which may be deployed to offset the challenges inherent in an ageing society, however much technology rarely develops beyond the prototyping stage and when it is developed fully, it is often abandoned by the end user as it does not fully meet their needs. This paper will use WarmNeighbourhoods AroundMe project as an example of how design research methods can address these issues and demonstrate how the use of co-creation and rapid prototyping can appropriately and inclusively involve users and key stakeholders in the product design process, whilst stimulating the development of creative and innovative ideas which are grounded in user need to support wellbeing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWell-being 2016: Co-creating pathways to well-being
Subtitle of host publicationBook of Proceedings
EditorsRichard Coles, Sandra Costa, Sharon Watson
PublisherBirmingham City University
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-904839-87-3
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sept 2016
EventWellbeing Conference 2016: Co-creating pathways to well-being - Birmingham City University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Sept 20166 Sept 2016


ConferenceWellbeing Conference 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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