There’s thrills, spills, laughter and out of this world experiences waiting for young people with physical disabilities who attend a youth club in Walsall now that fundraisers have made a donation that everyone is queuing up to enjoy!
Enoch Evans Solicitors LLP raised £1,320 through Make A Will Fortnight run in partnership with Walsall Healthcare’s Well Wishers charity and asked for the proceeds to be spent on Virtual Reality (VR) headsets for young people who meet at MySpace. The youth club, run by Walsall Healthcare’s Transitional Team, was set up for those transitioning from children’s services to adult services and as well as providing activities also gives young people an opportunity to make new friends and socialise.
And staff from Enoch Evans were able to see just how much of an impact the VR sets are having – as well as have a go themselves – when they attended the club recently.
Twins David and Jonathan Morris are huge fans of the new kit.
Jonathan, aged 20, said: “It makes things really inclusive for all of us and there’s so much to have a go at – from building a car engine to becoming a fruit ninja.”
David explained that VR meant that wheelchair users could forget about their mobility and use their imagination to be anywhere they liked.
“The only bad thing is it can be really tiring on your arms; you don’t realise how much you’re exercising them as you’re so involved in what you’re doing!”
Enoch Evans staff joined Carol Thompson and Joan Bates Chair and Treasurer of the Friends of Shelfield Child Development Centre to see the new equipment in use.
And Legal Assistant Chris Bate couldn’t resist having a go on a VR rollercoaster.
He said: “It was fantastic to see the youth club members enjoying the VR headsets and I must admit I was sorry when my turn was over. It was really rewarding to be able to see first-hand how the money raised through Well Wishers is put to such effective use for the people who use Walsall Healthcare’s services.”