The empathy machine: Three charities going immersive with VR

Virtual reality is known for letting viewers experience new places, but now it can help them experience life as another person. Already a plaything for car brands like Honda and travel brands like Thomas Cook, the technology is now being tested by a flurry of charities in the U.K. “When done right, it can completely transport you,” said Richard Beer, creative director at agency Don’t Panic.Read the full article

Samaritans - We Listen

It's not always easy to hear what matters. That's why Samaritans are experts in listening. We don't just hear you, we listen. Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair in the UK and Ireland. Whatever you're going through, call us free any time from any phone on 116 123. Supported by Network Rail on behalf of the wider rail industry, We Listen focuses on the expert listening service provided by our volunteers. The campaign seeks to raise awareness and increase understanding of Samaritans so that people see the act of contacting us as a positive, empowering first step in seeking help and taking control of their lives. We want people to contact us before they reach crisis point.

Can you make it to the end?

Understand autism, the person and what to do. Visit I’m not naughty. I’m autistic. For autistic people like me, the world can be a terrifying place. Sometimes sounds feel like my head is exploding. Clothes feel like my skin is burning. And when a tiny thing changes, it feels like my world is ending. Sometimes I get too much information. And if you only see a naughty kid, you haven’t got enough. #AutismTMI Warning: this film contains flashing lights, bright colours and loud, sudden noises

Autism TMI Virtual Reality Experience

Warning: this film contains flashing lights, bright colours and loud, sudden noises. Some people might experience motion sickness in this 360 degree virtual reality film. Prepare to step into the virtual reality world of Too Much Information. Sometimes, autistic people become overloaded by everything around them. That can make the outside world feel like a terrifying place. And for their families, all the looks, judgements and tuts make it feel like a lonely and isolated place. That’s why we’ve created a virtual reality experience in collaboration with autistic adults and children. So you can feel every single sight, every single sound, every single stare they endure on a simple trip to the shopping centre. So stay calm, take a breath and make sure your headphones are plugged in. The question is: Will you make it to the end? #AutismTMI To fully experience sensory overload, grab your headphones, download the app and get Google cardboard goggles, available now at: If you don't have a Google cardboard or a VR headset to hand, we highly recommend viewing the 360 video with headphones. Warning: this film contains flashing lights, bright colours and loud, sudden noises // About Us We are the UK's leading charity for people affected by autism. We want a world where all people living with autism get to lead the life they choose. We will transform understanding of autism and make sure everyone living with autism gets the support they need. Find more information about Autism, and helpful resources on our website: