OUR OWN VIRTUAL REALITY YOUTH SHED!!!
When Covid first hit us we went into react mode! We reached out to as may Shedderz as possible in a bit of a panic to be honest! We soon got 'Zoomed' out! Once the initial shock wave was over we moved into 'respond' and started to look at new innovative ways to engage some of our harder to reach youngsters. Thanks to the Steve Morgan Foundation we got funding for the young Shedderz to create their own mobile app and to create an online platform of our own - an invitation only platform for young people, by young people.
Then we had an idea! Wouldn't it be awesome to have a Virtual Reality Youth Shed?!?! A place where Shedderz could meet in a virtual platform - a place that would be accessible regardless of ability, disability, confidence - a place where Shedderz could meet and explore virtual experiences.
And thanks to SIP funding, the Open University, Coleg Cymoed and funding from the KFC Foundation we have done it! We now have 10 VR headsets and a small group of pioneers meet every Thursday night - from towns including Blaenau Ffestiniog, Ruthin, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, Penmaenmawr, Neath in South Wales and Milton Keynes!
Very much in it's early stages but the group hope to create a virtual space that is accessible for other Shedderz to access - all they will need is a phone or a tablet or a laptop. Watch this space!