Radius Housing launch new app that enables virtual visits around the world

  • Radius Housing have launched a new ‘where in the world’ experience, bringing Northern Irish users a chance to explore the sites, tastes and sounds of the world from the comfort of their own home.

    The ‘Where in the World’ experience will bring a range of countries to life, as well as sharing information about the local history, cuisine, lifestyle and customs of places right across the globe.

    For those more interested in visiting places closer to home, users can also explore the 360 degree photographs that include Dungannon and Coleraine. There is also an option to complete the walking trails on the Radius Rangers app and follow a clue based guided walk of Newry and Belfast.

    Radius Housing developed the new experience along with Brilliant Trails, as well as support from a range of cultural organisations and individuals, to enable people to find out more about the wide range of cultures of those who now live in Northern Ireland and who represent the diversity of the society we all share. 

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    The app also aims to encourage increased community engagement, and allow for ‘virtual visits’ across the globe at a time when travel restrictions remain in place.

    The Radius Rangers app is supported by the NI Executive as part of the T:buc Strategy and Programme for Government ‘Housing for All’ Shared Housing Programme. The Where in the World Experience includes a range of activities and augmented reality experiences, as well as videos, interactive tours, virtual portals and 360 degree photographs which will bring the sights and sounds of so many locations locally and across the globe to your fingertips.

    Speaking at the launch of the Where in the World Experience, Sharon Traynor, Communities Officer from Radius Housing said: “Exploring new countries and cultures is something that we would all love to do more of, but don’t always get the chance, particularly when there has been limited international travel allowed.”

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    Ms. Traynor also added: “By exploring different cultures and countries, we can find out about new ideas as well as seeing where we have commonality. This builds tolerance and understanding. We have people from so many different backgrounds living locally, and it’s important that we share and celebrate the diverse nature of the community.” 

    Radius Housing manages over 13,000 homes across Northern Ireland, as well as providing supported housing with 24 hour care for frail and elderly people, people with dementia and those with learning difficulties; in addition it provides 12,000 day care placements. Among the housing managed by Radius are a number of T:buc and ‘Housing for All’ shared housing developments promoting good relations in Belfast, Dungannon, Coleraine and Newry.

    The Radius Rangers App can be downloaded for free on app stores.

    Source: Written from press release.

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