This week, Lifelites spread its magic and delivered a brand new package of specialist technology for the young adults at Douglas House in Oxfordshire for the fourth time.
Caroline, Lifelites Training Manager delivered training to a group of Douglas House care staff on the 1st October on a number of magical items such as: Touchscreen PC's, assistive switches, games and applications, the Makey Makey, Cameras and Printers, Camera Mouse, the Mobile Magic Carpet and the incredible Beamz equipment with a laptop.
Beamz is an exciting interactive music system that allows anybody regardless of their physical or cognitive ability to experience the joy of creating music. When a user breaks the beam with their hand (or any part of their body!) they can make and record musical creations from a range of musical genres and styles from Rock and Pop to Classical, Jazz and blues. More importantly it allows creative expression, empowerment, self confidence and exploration for those whose lives are restricted by their conditions.
Staff at the hospice had lots of fun and said how all the young people they care for 'would love the new equipment' and how 'the opportunities with the technology are endless - it's all so clever'.
One staff member in training said: 'What's great about this equipment is that everyone can enjoy it. Often people associate it with young children but actually even our older patients will love it -it's great!'
At an event to celebrate the new package Liz Leigh, Director of Clinical Services thanked Lifelites for their donation and explained that the packag of specialist technology helps their young people who are unable to do the things that able bodied young people can do, to communicate and feel included.
Support from the package at Douglas House came from Buckinghamshire Building Society, Shanly Foundation, Ewan Gordon, St Michael's & All Saints Charities, Provincial Grand Lodge of Oxfordshire, Khoo Teck Puat UK Foundation and Microsoft.