iPhone game launched to help raise awareness of homelessness
Porchlight, a homeless charity has launched an iPhone game to help raise awareness of the issues faced by rough sleepers.
The app is available to download for free and is titled ‘Don’t Just Walk Past’. The game tasks you with completing a series of mini-games which represents a week on the streets so that you can “learn more about the practical issues, situations and emotions faced by rough sleepers” reports 24dash.
The app has been developed by a Tongbridge-based company Caboolde Corporate and features two playable characters, Jon and Sarah. As you progress through the week you have to complete a series of mini games which will determine the state of your physical and mental health. No matter how successful you are in the games on the final day you will find Porchlight.
Charity spokesperson, Mark Parry, says that structure of the game delivers and important message: “Rough sleepers often have a lot of complex needs and are in varying states of physical and mental health. No matter how bad things are, we are here to help them. We wanted to develop a game that showed the practical issues faced by rough sleepers as well as the isolation they often feel, even in very public places. I think Caboodle Corporate has done a fantastic job of getting this across in a simple and clear way. I would ask anyone who is homeless or anyone who knows someone facing homelessness or housing issues to call us as soon as possible.”
Louise Lynes, project manager at Caboodle Corporate, said: “Caboodle Corporate are delighted to have been able to work with Porchlight to develop the ‘Don’t Just Walk Past’ App. With quite a broad brief our development team got fully behind the project, designing and developing a short role-play game aimed at making people think about the challenges rough sleepers face on the streets today. We hope people will enjoy playing App; will think twice before walking past, and will join us in supporting this vital, local charity.”
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