News & events

Steve Maynard with his mum
Long read: West Ham, mum and me

Posted on 21 August 2017

Steve Maynard was one of the first to take part in Any Old Irons, part of our Football Friends programme. Here he talks from the heart about his lifelong love of West Ham, the impact of caring for his late mum after her dementia diagnosis, and what the programme has brought to his life. “Mum…

Group of older people sitting at the garden table
Copford care home invites local community to summer fete

Posted on 21 August 2017

Date: Saturday 9 September 2017 Time: 1pm to 4pm Venue: New Copford Place, London Road, Copford, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1YR Staff, volunteers and residents at our New Copford Place care home will be welcoming guests to join them for a barbeque, live music, bric a brac stalls and fun and games including tombola, splat the…

Eileen Wade with Football Friends on her road to recovery
My Football Friends journey: A road to recovery

Posted on 16 August 2017

Eileen Wade, 70, took part in our very first series of Any Old Irons meetings. She chatted to us recently about the important role it played in her recovery after a breakdown, and why it has inspired her to become a volunteer. “Three years ago I was living with overpowering anxiety and depression after separating…

Older women and older man walking in garden
Haslemere care home team steps in after double emergency

Posted on 14 August 2017

What should have been a happy day, marking the start of an exciting new chapter of family life, turned into a double emergency recently for Susan Godman and her nearest and dearest. Luckily, the dedicated team at Redcot, our residential care home in Haslemere, Surrey were able to help them get back on track. Here,…

Mary P and Mary W
The two Marys: friendship blossoms at our Malvern home

Posted on 11 August 2017

Mary P was born 98 years ago in Ireland. She came to England to train as a nurse; meeting her husband – then a house surgeon – whilst she was a ward sister in Bournemouth, but also living and working in Coventry when it was targeted during the World War Two Blitz. “We all thought…