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A year of people doing and making

We were asked by mental health charity the Restoration Trust to design a collaborative and immersive digital annual report. 

A Year of People Doing and Making was built by student software developers mentored by Google volunteers. 

The Restoration Trust

The Restoration Trust

The Restoration Trust helps people engage with heritage and culture so that their mental health improves. Projects at Stonehenge, Norfolk Record Office and Norwich Arts Centre are co-produced with participants, so it is appropriate that participants themselves speak freely about their experience and the impact that Restoration Trust projects have had on their lives. These audio interviews play throughout the report.

Director Laura Drysdale says: ‘We wanted it to embody our values - we have to produce an Annual Report, so why not make it beautiful?’

The report was picked up by national press and raised awareness for what the Restoration Trust does and the impact that they have. 

Photo - Chris Hogg

Built by futureCodersSE

Built by futureCodersSE

The budding developers at futureCodersSE have created a web-based, digital interface that uses browser-based programming and implements extensive photo galleries, audio playlists, video and evolving graphics. Two students, Anthony Funai and Jamie Knott, worked on the software project from start to finish, took part in Agile project planning, team-based code development and review, and employed various testing methods, including unit and regression testing. 

"“Having a supportive client such as the Restoration Trust, has given us room to allow Anthony and Jamie to have as much input into the digital report as possible. They have both developed important technical and soft skills, and both now have an increased portfolio of code showcased on their own code sharing sites. " Karen Scott, Founder and Director, futureCodersSE

Photo- Maggy Burns

Audio is key

Audio is key

The audio format and immersive digital experience speaks to a multifaceted audience as well as being a long-term asset for the Restoration Trust.

"Audio meant that we could tackle participants’ concerns that people with mental health problems aren’t listened to." Zoe Tipler, Content Director, Muddle Up 

We spoke to participants from every project that the RT runs, as well as Director Laura Drysdale and project partner Caroline Davison. Everyone wanted the sense that they were in control of their words, they would not be changed, or taken out of context. Constructing the report around audio ensured that the content spoke with people not for them or about them. 

 

Human Henge BBC Points West

We wanted to utilise the assets that the Restoration Trust already had. They had been featured on BBC Points West for instance. A digital annual report meant that they could re-promote that. 

 

The report was picked up by national press and raised awareness for what the Restoration Trust does and the impact that they have.