After a busy November dropping off and installing some of the final donations of the year, the Lifelites team has turned its attention to hosting open offices, facilitating press interviews, meeting with VR masterminds and checking in with the students on this year's Enable Gaming project.
After a wonderfully successful year, we opened our ofices to our supporters and lcoal businesses over the festive period. The open office proved to be hugely popular and we were delighted to welcome the large number of visitors who came to enjoy some mince pies and mulled wine, while also learning about the life enhancing technology that Lifelites donates. It was wonderful to see so many friendly faces, and we hope to see you all again soon.
Earlier in the year we were contacted by Guardian journalist Keith Stuart, who was interested to find out more about the work we do in children's hospices, specifically in relation to gaming and the Xbox Adaptive Controller. The Adaptive Controller is specially designed to help people with disabilities play video games, and Keith came along to Keech Hospice Care to speak to some of the children who have been able to use it thanks to our donation.
Keith has written about video games, technology and digital culture for over 20 years, so we were thrilled to have him share their story and the importance of the technology that we donate with a wider audience. You can read the article by clicking here. A big thank you to Shay, Farhan and their families for sharing their stories, and a big thank you to Keith Stuart and the Guardian for shining a light on the magical impact that assistive technology can have on life-limited and disabled children.
Having rolled out our first wave of Virtual Reality (VR) to children’s hospices this year, the Lifelites team were keen to further explore its potential. That’s why earlier this month we were visited by Roy Bird from Inclusive ClassVR who demonstrated their latest VR technology to the Lifelites team. Inclusive ClassVR has been specifically designed to educate, motivate and raise engagement for people of all ages and abilities and it was fantastic to have a go. At Lifelites, we are always looking for magical new tech that could benefit children in hospices, and Roy’s visit gave us the opportunity to explore the technology’s potential. Thank you, Roy!
We also paid a visit to students on this year’s Enable Gaming project, to see how they’ve been getting on with turning their ideas into magically accessible games! We were left feeling inspired by the student’s innovative approach and that was especially true for one game that has been designed specifically for children with visual impairments. The award-winning project kicked off in 2013, in partnership with London Southbank University, as a way of encouraging budding games developers to consider accessibility, so that children of all abilities can play games and have fun! You can read more about the project by clicking here.