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World Health Day 2022: An inspiring chat with our Lark Hill Retirement Village Gym Instructor (A Powerlifting World Champion!!)
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World Health Day 2022: An inspiring chat with our Lark Hill Retirement Village Gym Instructor (A Powerlifting World Champion!!)

In honour of World Health Day, we recently had a chat with Mo Proctor. A phenomenal Powerlifting World Champion (!!), who also just so happens to be our Gym Instructor at ExtraCare’s Lark Hill retirement village in Nottingham. Keep reading to find out about her 25 years in the fitness industry, and how she uses her expertise to help our residents, particularly in the areas of Falls Prevention and Balance training.

April 7, 2022

Are you claiming the welfare benefits you are entitled to in your retirement?
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Are you claiming the welfare benefits you are entitled to in your retirement?

Christine, whose parents live at an ExtraCare village, found the assistance invaluable: “Without ExtraCare’s help, we would have had no idea what my parents were entitled to. They helped them work out what they could claim for - it really took some of the financial worries away for them and as a family, offered us peace of mind.”

April 7, 2022

Kickstart your career! – Amy’s story
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Kickstart your career! – Amy’s story

The Kickstart Scheme made up part of the Government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ skills and employment programmes, which also include Apprenticeships, T Levels and Traineeships.

April 6, 2022

Volunteering Derby: A chat with ExtraCare Charity Shop Manager Caren Jephson
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Volunteering Derby: A chat with ExtraCare Charity Shop Manager Caren Jephson

Caren Jephson, 54, is the Retail Manager at ExtraCare’s shop in Sinfin, Derbyshire. Caren shares her own experiences with volunteers at the shop.

March 29, 2022

5 things to do with your mum on Mother’s Day at an ExtraCare retirement village
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5 things to do with your mum on Mother’s Day at an ExtraCare retirement village

Looking for some quality time with the women in your life this Mother’s Day weekend? Here are our top suggestions for enjoying some quality ExtraCare time at one of our villages this weekend.

March 24, 2022

Love and admiration: A Mother’s Day interview with Margaret and Samantha
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Love and admiration: A Mother’s Day interview with Margaret and Samantha

Margaret, an ExtraCare retirement village resident, and Samantha a PSA (Personal Support Assistant) who works at her mum’s village answered six questions. They shared their favourite memories, what they’ve learned from one another, and how they find working and living at Hagley Road Village.

March 24, 2022

ExtraCare volunteering roles in Evesham: Meet Finlay!
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ExtraCare volunteering roles in Evesham: Meet Finlay!

Meet Finlay! Finlay Ritchie is a young volunteer who works at one of ExtraCare’s charity shops, he gives us an insight into why he offers up his time and why other young people should take up volunteering as a form of work experience.

March 22, 2022

4 wellbeing benefits of gardening
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4 wellbeing benefits of gardening

I’m sure everyone will agree that it feels like forever ago that we were sat outside, Pimms in hand, sunglasses on, the BBQ sizzling. We’re in touching distance of this, but first we need to reverse the winter damage and take some time to get our gardens summer ready.

March 21, 2022

How to stay young at heart with these 5 lifestyle hacks
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How to stay young at heart with these 5 lifestyle hacks

Age is just a number right? And the trick is to remain youthful on the inside. But how exactly do you stay ‘young at heart’? Here are our secrets…

March 16, 2022

Noel talks volunteering and building relationships at Pannel Croft Village
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Noel talks volunteering and building relationships at Pannel Croft Village

Meet Noel. Noel Cosgrove, 77, has lived at ExtraCare’s Pannel Croft Village for 9 years. Originally from Cavan, Southern Ireland, Noel tells us about volunteering at ExtraCare and what it has meant to him.

March 15, 2022

4 Ways to improve your mental health
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4 Ways to improve your mental health

It’s no secret that the last couple of years have been pretty rough for many, and to be honest, all of us in one way or another. From the loss of jobs, to isolating for weeks on end, to losing loved ones and those dearest to us. That’s why now more than ever it is important that we prioritise self-care and we make time to improve our mental health and wellbeing.

March 10, 2022

What’s the deal with retirement communities?
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What’s the deal with retirement communities?

Last year, law firm, Shakespeare Martineau published a white paper titled ‘How we can make retirement housing aspirational and not a sign of a crisis.’ The report highlighted the significant gap between public perception of the retirement housing sector and the reality.

March 10, 2022