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Retirement village shows gratitude to volunteers

Posted on Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 11:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of volunteer award winners at Stoke Gifford Retirement Village

Staff and residents at Stoke Gifford Retirement Village (SGRV) have been ‘ringing the praises’ of the people who regularly volunteer there during a week of special celebrations.

Volunteers Week, which ran from 3rd – 7th June, gave staff the opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who works tirelessly to keep leisure activities at the village running smoothly.

The week kicked off with an awards ceremony. This involved afternoon tea for those who volunteer on a regular basis and the presentation of three awards to people who were deemed to have ‘gone the extra mile’ when it came to their volunteering. Laura Jones, volunteer organiser at SGRV said:

“All of our volunteers play a fundamental part in each area of the village and as a means of showing our appreciation and gratitude I have introduced this recognition programme to share and celebrate the efforts of those volunteers who reflect the core values of excellence, teamwork and integrity through their volunteering activities.”

The first award, for Excellence, went to Vince who is a local artist and visits the village once a week to teach an oil painting class. The second was the Teamwork award and this went to Vickie and Barbara who run the Acorns ‘n’ Oaks inter-generational playgroup every week and, finally, the Integrity award went to Laura-Jane, a student volunteer who continues to help at the village even though she has completed her required volunteering hours.

Laura-Jane said

“I was not expecting to even have been nominated for a volunteer award at the village, let alone win the award for Integrity in Volunteering. I thoroughly enjoy my role at the Village and have learnt so much from the residents themselves.”

The theme for this year’s Volunteers Week was ‘ringing the praises’ of all of the committed volunteers who work at the village. Throughout the rest of Volunteers Week, Laura, as well as other members of staff, went along to a variety of activities that were taking place and literally rang a bell as a way of expressing their gratitude to the volunteers.

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More volunteers needed at retirement village library

Posted on Tuesday 4th June 2019 at 5:55 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of volunteers Merle Bathe-Taylor and Janet Bacon in the library.

The new Stoke Gifford Retirement Village (SGRV), situated just off Coldharbour Lane, is in desperate need of more volunteers to work in its community library as well as other areas within the village.

The activities and facilities available to both the residents of the village and the wider community are mostly led by volunteers; either the residents themselves or members of the public. Having sufficient numbers of volunteers is therefore vital in keeping the activities running.

Laura Jones is the volunteer organiser at SGRV and she oversees recruiting and managing volunteers for the 70+ roles available. Although she already has numerous volunteers, particularly from the nearby University of the West of England, she is still in need of many more.

As the library is part of South Gloucestershire Libraries, anyone with an ‘Active’ card (resident or non-resident) can request, borrow and return books and DVDs at this library, or any of the other South Gloucestershire libraries. However, it is currently only able to open two mornings and one afternoon a week due to the low number of people able to work there.

Volunteering at the library would involve a variety of duties, including welcoming library customers and identifying their individual needs, actively seeking to meet those needs and to enable customers to make full use of the facilities available. Staff also support the systems and policies for the loan and management of stock, including self-service and use a variety of resources to provide information, including online services.

Merle Bathe-Taylor, one of the members of staff at the library, would recommend volunteering there as she says:

“I enjoy helping people and being able to assist with their queries. It’s lovely to see visitors in the village using the facilities and being able to show them the work we do. Also, it’s important to feel valued and to have a purpose in retirement. My role means that I meet new people and remain active in life.”

Janet Bacon, another volunteer, added:

“I enjoy the variety of the role and being able to meet and talk to lots of different people.”

More: Volunteering Recruitment Fair on Thursday 6th June »

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Vast £56m retirement complex officially opened in Stoke Gifford

Posted on Wednesday 10th April 2019 at 7:01 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the official opening.

A vast, multi-million pound retirement complex has officially opened in Stoke Gifford. Located off Coldharbour Lane, opposite the University of the West of England (UWE), the Stoke Gifford Retirement Village offers those over the age of 55 a new approach to retirement living. Made up of 92 one-bedroom and 169 two-bedroom fully accessible, self-contained flats, the village is set across 5.5 acres of land and includes a host of on-site facilities.

The Stoke Gifford Retirement Village, which has been under construction for the last 2.5 years, opens as part of a £56m development programme between retirement charity The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, South Gloucestershire Council, who provided £1.9m, and Bristol City Council, who provided £2.8m. This was alongside a contribution of £2.4m from Homes England through the Department of Health and Social Care’s ‘Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund’.

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, established in 1988, operates a number of retirement villages and smaller housing developments around the Midlands and further south. Their mission is to “create sustainable communities that provide homes older people want, lifestyles they can enjoy and care if it’s needed”.

Retirement villages have been designed as an alternative to the traditional care home. The idea is to enable older people to enjoy healthy, active, and independent lifestyles in their later years. However, should care and/or dementia support be needed, it can be assessed and provided in the comfort and privacy of a resident’s own village home. This means that couples can remain together even when one partner becomes frail.

More: Villages "foster an environment of supported independence" »

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