What's Happening & How to Get Involved

Engaged Lives Workshops

The centre-point of our project is the Engaged Lives Workshops. These bring ExtraCare residents and members of the wider community together, into small groups, to explore new ways to build community and connection. Over six weeks, our groups discuss themes like Keeping Mobile, Building Resilience, Positive Ageing and Giving Back. All attendees have the chance to explore their personal barriers to community-engagement, before trying out a range of methods to help them move beyond these.

Each week, we explore a new topic through interactive exercises and discussion, where members of the group share ideas, support, and encouragement with each other, to experience a sense of growing closeness and progression together.

If you are interested in joining an Engaged Lives Workshop, please contact us at betterlives@extracare.org.uk or michael.roberts@extracare.org.uk


Friendly Faces

Our Friendly Faces initiative is revamping our befriending offering at ExtraCare, so we can offer a wider range of community-support. We have created volunteer “Community Teams” in our villages, whose members can work together to devise their own community-building ideas, and who are able to offer more empowering support to residents, building their independence.

We want befriending to be genuinely empowering – a way to help people get back on their feet and sustain community for themselves (where possible). Our teams do this by organising events and working 1-to-1 with people needing support, introducing them to new community-groups and environments, and building people’s confidence to engage community themselves.


Get Involved with Friendly Faces

Our volunteer teams are open to anyone (not just residents). So, if you would like to become a “Friendly Face”, and join a team that empowers older communities, you can find out more about volunteering and get in touch here.

Steps to Connection – A new book by ExtraCare

Steps to Connection is a personal guide to finding community in older-age. Find more details about the book here.

The book is available for purchase online, in our retirement villages, and in selected charity shops.

If you would like further information, or to discuss ordering books for your organisation at a discounted price, please contact us at betterlives@extracare.org.uk or michael.roberts@extracare.org.uk