A free mobile app has been developed to help teach young people about homelessness.
Homelessness charity Crisis has created Destination Home in partnership with immersive learning platform Musemio. It is available to play in either 2D or as a virtual reality (VR) experience, with Crisis distributing cardboard headsets.
Released ahead of World Homelessness Day on October 10th, the game has been created for an audience age of 7 to 12-year-olds. The aim is to help young people explore the causes of homelessness, how it can be ended, and what they can do with Crisis to help people.
Players are guided through different challenges by a friendly robot mascot called Mio and meet different characters who have been supported to leave homelessness behind for good.
Characters include 24-year-old Alex, who was forced into sleeping on people’s sofas, then living on the street after losing her job. Players also meet Jeff, who was made homeless after leaving the army, and Bonnie, who had to leave the home she shared with her boyfriend after feeling unsafe.
Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, comments: “We are continually inspired by the passion our young supporters have for ending homelessness. Whether it is completing a fundraiser, or raising awareness at school, so many get involved after seeing someone without a safe place to live. They know it isn’t right and everyone should have a home.
“We are really excited to have worked with Musemio to produce Destination Home and engage more young people on this important issue. By using VR to immerse themselves in the characters’ lives, players not only see how unfair homelessness is but how avoidable it is too.
“The financial impact of the pandemic has put thousands of people at risk of being forced from their homes, so we need more people than ever to learn about homelessness and take action to end it for good.”
Olga Kravchenko, CEO of Musemio, comments: “Young people have grown up with technology at their fingertips. Immersive mobile games easily capture their imagination and help them to understand the world we live in today. Our partnership with Crisis has enabled us to broaden the dialogue around the complex topic of homelessness through play to help children develop empathy.”