Great-grandmother Brenda Lindquist only retired last year, at the age of 77. And when she moved into Hagley Road Village in October she was determined to stay active.
"I have worked for most of my life. I felt I wanted to carry on doing something," she says.
Brenda now volunteers on reception and in the library. She says it has helped her to cope with the loss of her daughter who died, aged 47, last August.
"After my daughter died I just wanted to keep my mind occupied and to keep busy," she says. "Volunteering helps me to centre my thoughts on other things, rather than sitting, thinking about things that have happened."
Brenda worked as a carer, in day centres and sheltered housing. "I find volunteering rewarding," she says. "I have always wanted to help other people."
She has been a widow for 19 years and lived alone in a semi-detached house before moving into a two bedroom apartment at Hagley Road Village. Now she goes salsa classes, she is looking forward to going on a computer course and is going on holiday with a friend she met at the Village. "It helps a lot to have these things to do," she says.
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