Download Roar’s Annual Report 2017/18
Roar’s work is governed by the people and communities we serve. This means that individuals with an interest in our work can get involved to influence and inform how the organisation is run. When we have too few people interested in registering as voting members it dilutes the power that local people can and should be exercising. As we are based in Renfrewshire we are particularly looking for new members from this region however we also have a national focus in terms of our campaign work on reducing falls and loneliness so anyone with an interest in these topics is also welcome to apply.
Please note this is separate from our operational activity. Becoming a voting member does not equate to any service eligibility or offer.
Here’s a link to the latest pdf of the Building Safer Communities Bulletin. It’s always a great read but in this issue we are particularly interested to hear that Roar Connections for Life has been mentioned as a an important organisation in helping to develop a strategy for social isolation and loneliness.
“To date, organisations like ROAR Connections for Life and Inspiring Scotland have provided excellent input and we look forward to continuing to work with them as we develop this Strategy.” says Trevor Owen, from the Scottish Government’s Cohesive Communities team
At Roar, we love doing what we and the volunteers do …. but its nice to be recognised for doing it. the article is on page 3.
Paisley is in the final bidding stage to be UK City of Culture in 2021. If successful it will mean that there will be lots more cultural events happening in and around Paisley/Renfrewshire, but sadly most of the house bound elderly will not be able to attend … we want to change that using technology.
We are currently in the testing phase: shooting films & testing them with user groups; researching equipment; experimenting with methods of delivering. We carried out tests using existing VR & 360 content with elderly people, showing short live-action nature documentary films and using Google street view on VR goggles. We are producing some of our own short films to develop production workflows, and also test if people enjoy and benefit from seeing local places depicted in 360.
One of the test shots we took inside the Coats Observatory in Paisley using a 360 camera. Use your mouse to move around the image.
In the future maybe everything will be recorded in 360 degrees but at the moment VR and 360 filming is still being developed and there are many challenges in using this technology in this way. Some of the issues we will be looking at (and hopefully finding solutions for) include… what do people want to see, how do we develop group virtual experiences for use in places like shelter accommodation, how can we simplify the process of watching VR or streaming video … there is lots to find out and develop.
There has been huge investment in VR/360 technology by the likes of Facebook and Google so it would appear that these will become much more mainstream. By starting now it will enable us to develop local capacity for VR/360 production and delivery long before the Paisley 2021 events start.
VR over the Doorstep has been funded by the Paisley 2021 Cultural Fund.