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Residents at Silvanna Court Reminisce with Virtual Reality Headsets

The residents at Silvanna Court care home, in Wickford, enjoyed a wonderful reminiscing session with virtual reality films from the Queen’s Coronation 70 years ago.

To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Essex County Council have launched an intergenerational project for local schools and care home residents. The programme is in partnership with The Wayback, a virtual reality film series that recreate moments from the past and which are designed for those living with dementia.

The project is named ‘The year of reading – Dementia Intergenerational Communication Program with The Wayback Virtual Reality (VR)’ and aims to support and promote reading in schools. Pupils at the local school took part and began with reading and watching the films to learn about England in 1953, and after, visited Silvanna Court to show residents the films as well. Silvanna Court, a care home within the Runwood Homes’ portfolio, was pleased to be included in the project.

The pupils visited Silvanna Court residents with the Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Headset. Residents had the opportunity to wear the headsets and see the film clips which immerse them in incredibly detailed, joyful and positive moments from the past. The residents absolutely loved it and it sparked much conversation with pupils and reminiscing about the past.

The short films included scenes from our Queen’s Coronation, street parties and household gatherings on the day of the coronation 70 years ago, a further film also showed clips from the World Cup 1966.