Activities

At ExtraCare, we believe that the provision of life-changing activities and an exciting range of health and leisure facilities enables our residents to carry on enjoying healthy and independent lifestyles - a fresh alternative to life in a traditional care home.

Gardening

Whether our residents want to learn new skills, challenge themselves to the limits, or simply relax in the company of friends, the ExtraCare lifestyle provides a wide range of sociable opportunities and activities.

On-site Activities

Within our Villages and housing schemes, we offer on-site activities such as:

Arts and crafts
Ceramics
Computer, internet and email training (IT)
Gardening
Woodwork
Health & well-being advice
Tai Chi
Wheelchair aerobics
Social events and entertainment

flickr Have a look at some pictures of our recent activities on Flickr!

Join our traditions
Further afield, ExtraCare arranges excursions for residents, friends and guests to attend a wide-ranging annual programme of established 'favourites', known as our ExtraCare Traditions. 

In 2013 we had over 4,500 attendees at the traditions organised by ExtraCare. This is a great opportunity for residents and friends to meet new people, be entertained or learn a new skill.

ExtraCare try and cater for as many different people as possible by varying the events each year and in 2014 we are hosting the following Traditions and Events:

The ExtraCare Bake Off: Based on the popular TV show The Great British Bake Off, residents compete against each other to create the best cakes and reach the ‘ExtraCare Bake Off’ Final. The bakers are all judged by Bake Off TV finalist Brendan Lynch and other selected judges.

Cruise and Dance around the World at Blackpool Tower Ballroom: A day of dancing and entertainment from around the world at the famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom, scheduled for 22nd May.

Summer Spectacular: A summer gala day hosted at the Heart of England Events Centre in Coventry. The day will incorporate the Parasol Parade where residents decorate parasols and parade them on a colourful sponsored walk, raising money for their well-being and activities programmes. It will also include the ExtraCare Craft Fayre in which residents can show off their craft creations.  We also have other activities and entertainment taking place on the day.

Garden in Bloom: Hosted across a series of regional events, Garden in Bloom includes regional gardening awards in which Villages and Schemes are recognised for the work they have put into their gardens.

Festival of Choirs: Choirs brought together from ExtraCare residents, friends and supporters perform and entertain in one of our most popular Traditions. We have twenty choirs throughout the Charity with nearly 400 vocalists. This year they will be performing a range of songs including Yesterday by the Beatles and Hallelujah by Alexandra Burke as well as their own choice of songs with individual choir performances.

Symphony Hall: ExtraCare's annual concert to celebrate the festive winter season with entertainment, songs, dance and comedy. Performers include celebrity guests and our own residents!

Challenges

For those wanting to pursue even more active lifestyles, ExtraCare aims to support and encourage residents to get even more out of life with a selection of amazing activities for the more adventurous. From looping the loop in a glider, walking with wolves, performing on stage at Birmingham's Symphony Hall or wheelchair abseiling, there really is something for everyone!

The ExtraCare Olympic Challenge
In 2012, ExtraCare residents designed their own Olympic-style torch and embarked on a 715 mile relay around every Scheme and Village. Read our special Olympic edition of Extralife, ExtraCare's magazine!

Want to get involved?
If this sounds like the kind of lifestyle you'd enjoy as a resident or volunteer, why not contact Donna Ball to find out more?

T:  02476 506011.  donna.ball@extracare.org.uk