Residents of a care home have been introduced to the wonderful world of Virtual Reality – and they can’t get enough of their new adventures.

The lucky residents of East Croft Grange Care Home, in Workington, have been all around the world without even having to get out of their slippers thanks to the V Life headset, travelling everywhere from New York to the Galapagos Islands.

The group was introduced to the world of VR after events coordinator Karen Murray "looked for something different" for those who struggle to get out and about, wanting to bring some exploration and adventure back into their lives.

And manager Joanne Dougherty is delighted with the effect VR has had on her residents.

"The people who can't get out much have been to New York, Venice, on a safari, even just to the Lakes to see the sheep," she said.

"I was a bit worried at first, because I thought using VR might frighten elderly people and confuse them, but they're so enthralled by it and happy to have the experience – it's so realistic for them."

After renting the headsets from V Life, the care home has now bought their own, and with 38 scenes available, residents can now escape to anywhere, anytime.

And three friends excited to go on their travels again were 89-year-old Margaret Johnson, 88-year-old Alison Tinning and Phyllis Norman, also 88.

Phyllis was up first, heading to the Galapagos Islands, and with her feet happily tapping away and her hands pointing out everything she could see, she finished exploring with a big smile on her face.

A giddy Margaret followed, also visiting the glorious Galapagos beaches, and couldn't help but point out the animals, stunning scenery and plenty of "handsome men", and had the staff in stitches when saying, "the hills are alive!".

Alison fancied a simple stroll in the Lake District, and opted for a scene of lambs and sheep roaming around the countryside, having already been on a safari and to Venice with the headset.

All staff members agreed the headset was a brilliant investment, and and can't wait to see the residents' faces continue to "light up" every time they use it.