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INC360

The people behind it

Ten months ago Steph Varley and Reema Vadoliya began looking into ways to prevent loneliness in young people and promote community to provide opportunities and enjoyment to anyone in a situation of isolation. INC360 was born out of a need to help others and a love of technology. Leeds based, both working in tech and with their own experiences with mental health and isolation, they know how important a service like this is, one that gives temporary relief and promotes wellbeing through confidence and coping techniques. All whilst making it fun and creative! 

What they do

Providing 360 degree video footage of community events, watched in an immersive environment for young people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to experience them, became the focus of the service. They have designed a service which delivers tailored sessions that consist of: 

  • Up to 30 mins of 360 degree video footage of something exciting happening in the community. 
  • An hour of creative time where young people can choose from a range of activities. 
  • Followed by some tips to help combat loneliness and an age appropriate open discussion about mental health for anyone who would like to join in. They have teamed up with Mental Health Practitioner’s to ensure their service users’ wellbeing is at the forefront of their sessions. 

Their Impact

Childhood and the teenage years are a key development stage in a person’s life. Experiencing isolation and loneliness during this time can often have an impact on their likelihood to develop mental health issues as a direct impact of these situations. Studies consistently show that 1 in 4 of us will be faced with mental health issues each year. INC360 provides a community and support service to allow these individuals to proactively care for their mental health, by providing temporary relief from the loneliness they are feeling and mental health support during the service sessions. 

How you can help them

To get this service live they launched a Crowdfunder to raise £8,000 which will help them gain the kit they need in these sessions as well as running costs. They bravely opted for an ‘all or nothing’ campaign, meaning if they don’t hit the target they lose everything! Collaborating with Natwest’s Back her Business start up program means they are eligible for an additional £4000 if they secure their original target by June 23rd. To help gain donations, they’re running a series of free online events for all ages, promoting inclusion and tech for good, all of which can be found on their website www.inc360.org

It’s not breaking news to hear that the pandemic has caused uncertain and difficult financial circumstances. INC360 understands the impact this has and would love for you to get involved in other ways! They will greatly appreciate support by sharing their content and engaging with them on social media, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter. This support allows them to share their message around why isolation and loneliness among children and young people is a concern that we all should be engaging in, creating awareness through conversation on the issue. 

One final thing…

Thousands of children and young people across the UK won’t be attending any events this year, and it’s not due to the pandemic. 

We all have our fingers crossed that in the next few months, we can start meeting up with friends and family, visit our favourite lunch spots and watch films how they were supposed to be seen, on a huge screen with a bucket full of popcorn. Unfortunately, when we all get the good news, there will be a large number of young people whose lives will be no different to during the pandemic as they remain on hospital wards or stopped from leaving the house due to anxiety, only furthering their feelings of loneliness. 

Patients in mid to long-term hospice or hospital care will rely on social media to experience the celebrations going on outside their window. Those with duties as carers will not be able to attend events like bonfire night alongside their friends. Individuals with social anxiety may find it difficult to attend busy and crowded street parties. 

Supporting INC360 through donating to their fundraiser or sharing their mission, will aid them in providing support to the children and young people that will continue to face isolation and loneliness post-pandemic 

Agency For Good have continuously supported INC360 during the start up phase of the project, providing advice and pointing them in the right direction with resources and networking. They look forward to continuing to work with Agency For Good as the service launches and beyond and would highly recommend Rich’s webinars. 

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