Picture of lecturer, Daymon Garrity
Damyon Garrity, a lecturer on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design

A University Centre St Helens lecturer has had his community research project, Time Tourist, shortlisted for potential funding from Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council’s Community Investment Fund.

Damyon Garrity, a lecturer on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree course at University Centre St Helens has worked alongside Heatons Heritage Society on a proposed project called ‘Time Tourist’, a concept that will allow users to experience the past from the present day.

They now need your vote to secure a place in the next round, where they will be asked to submit a full business case to receive £9,700 funding required to get the project off the ground.

Picture of Daymon's AR projectThis experience of ‘time travel’ will be achieved through mobile augmented reality (AR), unleashing the undiscovered history that surrounds us. Damyon has developed this community initiative to bring together the community. If the project is chosen it will see collaborations with the community, community groups, education, local historians, local schools and researchers.

This project is being judged upon its ability to reach out to people experiencing social isolation or loneliness, helping them to make new and rewarding connections. It should provide accessible and inclusive opportunities for people with long-term health conditions to support each other and share experiences. Finally, to help elder people, those living with disabilities or those experiencing disadvantage, making long-term lifestyle changes that improve their own health and wellbeing.

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council’s Community Investment Fund was set up to invest in the best ideas for making Stockport’s communities stronger, to help people to grow and thrive, encouraging them to take pride in their community and participate fully in democratic and social activities.

The Heatons Heritage Society (HHS) exists to promote, improve and develop the heritage and conservation of the Four Heatons in Stockport, for the benefit of the community, encouraging involvement, investment and ownership.

Picture of Daymon's AR project

Picture of Daymon's AR project

To support Damyon's Heatons Heritage Society, Time Tourist project, place your vote at https://www.stockport.gov.uk/community-investment-fund/online-voting-gbp501-gbp10-000. Voting closes on Sunday 17th December.

To find out more about the project and how it will work, view the demonstration video at https://vimeo.com/242127036.