Viewpoint Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Our joyful 70th anniversary celebration was held at the Corn Exchange on Thursday 10th November. The event was opened by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Ms Shona Robison and we were joined by nearly 300 guests for afternoon tea and live music. We also welcomed partners Age Scotland, Poppy Scotland, Impact Arts and Alzheimer Scotland who showcased their work to our attendees.

To mark the occasion we demonstrated some of the technologies we have been exploring to enable older people to live life to the full. Tenants, residents and guests were able to try a virtual reality experience offered by Scotland’s first virtual reality social enterprise, Viarama. Tovertafel was another concept on display.  Dutch for ‘magic table,’ a box with an inbuilt specialist projector, infrared sensors and speaker is mounted on a ceiling to create a series of interactive light games on a table below.  The animations, specially designed for people with dementia, stimulate physical and social activity. In addition to this, we also demonstrated software which enables simple medical checks, such as blood pressure, to be carried out in the comfort of someone’s home sending results straight to their doctor.

As well looking ahead to these technologies we celebrated the last 70 years with a recreation of a 1940s living room and exhibition of Viewpoint’s evolution from a small flat in Rutland Square to a provider of over 1300 homes and 133 care home spaces in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife.

Dorry McLaughlin, CEO, said:  “We’re all about creating joy in later years and living life to the full.  Viewpoint began as a home for single women who found themselves homeless after WW2, a radical idea at the time.  70 years on we’re still pioneering and are always looking for innovative and creative ways to meet people’s needs and bring greater fulfilment.”

Many thanks to all customers who joined us on the day - we were delighted to have you!

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