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Creating Independence with Virtual Reality

We are in the process of using virtual reality technology to help train and prepare the people it to manage a range of everyday challenges.

The project received some  funding from Harrogate’s Freemasons’ Spa Lodge. The Lodge’s members won a grant of £2,000 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, which has been used for the project to purchase a Garmin VIRB spherical camera, Oculus Go virtual reality headset, and a new laptop computer to edit recorded virtual visits.

“Thanks to The Spa Lodge nominating us for this generous grant, our training sessions for customers will be totally revolutionised. while many are keen to live as independently as possible, the actuality is that some people have had little or no experience of everyday life. We believe that this project will change all that.”

“I’m delighted that we have been able to support Disability Action Yorkshire in kick-starting their Virtual Independence Project,” said Doug Mills, Charity Steward at The Spa Lodge. “With the camera, the charity will now be able to develop a series of 360-degree videos, which will help train and prepare customers keen to explore new experiences. I tried the headset on myself, and I could see a real benefit for those who lack confidence in undertaking simple tasks which, to them, can seem like major obstacles.”