In today’s fast-paced world, where new experiences and environments can trigger anxiety for some individuals, the power of technology becomes all the more evident. Autek, a remarkable company dedicated to supporting people with anxiety, has harnessed the potential of My360Tours’ cutting-edge virtual tour software to enhance their unique initiative called What’s It Like?. This program offers a lifeline to those battling anxiety by allowing them to explore and familiarize themselves with places before they physically visit, effectively reducing stress and enhancing their confidence. We had the privilege of speaking with Steve Bond, the director of Autek, to delve deeper into the incredible impact of this collaboration.
Unveiling the What's It Like? Program
As Steve Bond explains, “Autek and Interactiv both provide the What’s It Like? service. Autek is a disability employer that delivers WIL through our video production team, whereas Interactiv are part of a wider charity, EnableAbility, that offers work experience to disabled young people in Portsmouth. We work together under a Partnership Agreement.”
Easing Anxiety through Virtual Tours
The heart of the What’s It Like? program lies in its utilization of My360Tours’ virtual tour software. The use of our technology enables individuals to virtually explore new environments, such as restaurants, stores, parks, and other public spaces, from the comfort of their own homes. The immersive 360-degree experience provides a comprehensive view of these locations, allowing users to get a feel for the space, layout, and overall ambiance. This familiarity can significantly reduce the anxiety associated with unfamiliar places and situations.
These tours are far from static images; they’re interactive journeys. Alongside digital floor plans to guide your way, there are embedded videos acting as personal guides, revealing the essence of each location and any important information that could be helpful. Beyond observation, these virtual expeditions offer confidence, a sense of belonging, and the courage to embrace new experiences, take a look at some examples below:
Brune Medical Centre, Gosport, Hampshire
QE2 Activity Centre, Southampton, Hampshire
Director's Insight: An Interview with Steve Bond
In an exclusive interview with Steve Bond, the director of Autek, we gained valuable insights into the motivation behind the What’s It Like? program and the role that My360Tours’ technology plays in its execution. Steve highlighted the significance of empowering individuals with anxiety to take control of their experiences. He stated about My360 Tour Software “it’s really easy to use and it’s a very, very high quality tour that gets produced from it, and those are the important things. So if somebody who’s anxious wants to look at a building or a place, the first thing is to not add to the anxiety. It’s got to look really natural and simple, easy to navigate and use, and we found My360 is excellent for that.”
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The partnership between Autek and My360Tours showcases the potential of technology to address real-world challenges, transforming anxiety into empowerment. As Autek and Interactiv continue to pave the way for inclusivity and accessibility, the What’s It Like? program remains a beacon of hope for those seeking to conquer their anxiety and embrace the world around them.
To learn more about Autek’s incredible work and to experience the transformative power of the What’s It Like? program, visit their website at www.autek.co.uk and explore the virtual tours on www.whatsitlike.co.uk.
Remember, anxiety should never hinder exploration, and with initiatives like What’s It Like?, individuals can embark on new adventures with confidence and peace of mind.