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Take a virtual tour of Shire Hall

Published
01.04.2021

A virtual reality (VR) tour of parts of Gloucestershire County Council’s Shire Hall headquarters has been developed in partnership with Gloucester-based social enterprise, Kingfisher Treasure Seekers, to support visitors with additional needs to build confidence when visiting the building.

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The tour covers the main foyer and private booths, public toilets and access to the Council Chamber and Definitive Rights of Way Maps. This will allow people to see the space, facilities and any adaptation before they visit.

Kingfisher Treasure Seekers were one of 21 projects awarded grant funding as part of the Adult Single Programme’s Digital Innovation Fund which is provided to community groups and organisations to help people live full and independent lives through the support of technology.

Kingfisher Treasure Seekers supports individuals who often struggle to engage, including adults with personality disorders, high intensity users and more independent adults with learning disabilities. Their aim, when reaching individuals, is to support them to access and feel comfortable in the wider community.

They often use technology to support individuals and have been exploring the use of VR in both improving mental health and wellbeing and in building confidence to access mainstream community life. With the funding from the Digital Innovation Fund, they have been able to make this happen by developing virtual reality tours of key places in the county including Gloucester and Cheltenham Job Centres, Gloucester Transport Hub and St. James City Farm.

Members of the public can now access the virtual reality tour of the publicly accessible areas of Shire Hall so they can see where they will be visiting before they get there. You can see the tour on the 'Contact us' page of the GCC website. (Not suitable for viewing in Internet Explorer)

Note: Although the tour can be viewed without virtual reality glasses, VR glasses are required to view it within an immersive environment.

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