Virtual Reality Workshop

VR Workshop With The Digital Hub’s D8 Surfers Club

On Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024, Smart D8 supported The Digital Hub in the delivery of a Virtual Reality Workshop with the D8 Surfers Club in the Learning Studio at the Digital Depot from 10 am until 12 pm.

This workshop was lead by the tutor Barry Haughey, who is a digital artist, XR coah, STEAM educator and the founder of HoloGen.

The D8 Surfers Club

The D8 Surfers Club holds a special place at The Digital Hub, having nurtured digital literacy and connectivity among local residents since its inception in 2015. What began as a tutor-led class, where local residents with limited exposure to communication tools and the internet, has evolved into a vibrant community hub where members gather weekly to share knowledge, experiences and camaraderie, while discovering how digital technologies can benefit them in their everyday lives.

Unlocking the Potential of Virtual Reality: A Gateway to Ageing Well

In today’s fast-paced world, technology continues to revolutionize every aspect of our lives. One innovation that is gaining increasing attention is Virtual Reality (VR). Beyond its entertainment value, VR holds immense potential to enhance the quality of life.

Even though VR is often associated with the younger generation, its benefits for older adults are equally profound. In fact, one of the key advantages lies in its ability to combat social isolation. As individuals age, factors such as mobility limitations or the loss of loved ones can lead to feelings of loneliness and detachment. However, VR offers a lifeline by providing opportunities for social interaction and connection. Through virtual meetups and collaborative activities, older adults can forge new friendships and reignite their sense of belonging.

VR serves as a powerful tool for cognitive stimulation because, by immersing themselves in interactive VR experiences, older adults can sharpen their cognitive skills, enhance their memory, and maintain mental acuity. Furthermore, VR holds promise in promoting physical wellbeing among older individuals thanks to virtual fitness programs and interactive games. Participants can then engage in low-impact exercises that improve balance, flexibility, and coordination.

VR Workshop with the D8 Surfers Club

The workshop aimed to onboard everyone in getting set up and started with VR experiences given the fact that for many members of the club this was their fist time using a VR headset. The tutor taught participants the basics and made sure that the equipment was comfortable for each user.

The topics covered during the workshop were:

  • What is VR technology and what are its key features and capabilities?;
  • How do you use the equipment comfortably and safely?;
  • The importance of taking a break;
  • Visiting different parts of the world with Google Earth in VR;
  • Stepping inside a museum;
  • Playing an immersive game.

Through engaging demonstrations and hands-on activities, attendees had the opportunity to explore a variety of immersive experiences firsthand, gaining valuable insights into this cutting-edge technology.

By embracing VR technology, the D8 Surfers Club broke free from the constraints of age and experienced a newfound sense of vitality and exploration.

Successful & Positive Ageing Events Supported By Smart D8

Supporting Dublin 8 Community: Enhancing Residents’ Health & Wellbeing

As Spring approaches, Smart D8 eagerly continues its mission to promote health and wellbeing in Dublin 8, envisioning these efforts as opportunities for residents to flourish much like the blossoming of flowers in springtime. Following three successful months dedicated to fostering healthy food and eating and physical health and wellbeing, our focus in April shifts to the theme of successful and positive ageing.

April Focus: Successful & Positive Ageing

Recognizing the significance of successful and positive ageing in enhancing the quality of life, Smart D8 embraces a multidimensional approach aimed at expanding healthy and functional years in individuals’ lifespan.

We acknowledge the importance of different factors, such as physical health, mental health and social involvement, in defining successful and positive ageing. Therefore, conscious of the vital role of social engagement, Smart D8 is delighted to initiate the month by supporting three esteemed organizations deeply committed to this cause in Dublin 8:

1) Robert Emmet CDP/SICCDA – ‘Knitting’ Classes

Smart D8 will support Robert Emmet CDP/SICCDA in the delivery of ‘Knitting’ classes, recognizing knitting as a therapeutic activity that promotes both physical and mental wellbeing. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance fine motor skills, alleviate arthritis symptoms, and foster social connections in a friendly, supportive environment.

Dates: April 8th and 15th

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

Location: SICCDA (South Earl Street)

2) The Digital Hub – ‘Virtual Reality’ Workshop with the Digital Hub’s D8 Surfers Club

The D8 Surfers Club has been running at The Digital Hub since 2015. It started life as a tutor-led class, where local residents were guided in the discovery of how digital technologies could benefit them in their everyday lives.

In April, Smart D8 will offer The Digital Hub’s D8 Surfers Club the chance to experience the world of virtual reality technology. Through interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities, participants, who are all older people in the Liberties, will explore the possibilities of VR technology and its potential for entertainment and education.

Dates: April 23rd

Time: 10 am – 12 pm

Location: The Learning Studio at The Digital Depot (The Digital Hub)

3) Creative Life/MISA/SJH – ‘Artist in Residence Series’ & ‘Bealtaine Festival Event in MISA’

The Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) at St James’s Hospital is a state-of-the-art-facility for integrated clinical services and a hub for world-leading research in ageing. Creative Life is one of four pillars within MISA and, since 2017, it has designed, developed and collaborated with many partners and arts & health programmes based on international best practices in this emerging sector. 

This year, MISA will collaborate with Smart D8 to deliver the ‘Artist in Residence Series’ over April and May 2024. This series will offer older adults the opportunity to engage in creative workshops designed to inspire and enrich their lives.

Additionally, Smart D8 will contribute towards a ‘Bealtaine Festival Event in MISA’, celebrating creativity and arts among Dublin 8 residents.

Stay Engaged, Stay Updated

Smart D8 is committed to supporting initiatives aimed at enriching the health and wellbeing of the Dublin 8 residents.

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