THIS IS ONE OF A SERIES OF BLOGS OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS DESCRIBING SOME OF THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THE EXTRACARE CHARITABLE TRUST. THIS WAS THE ORGANISATION I FOUNDED AND WORKED FOR FROM 1987 THROUGH TO THE TIME I RETIRED IN 2010. I HOPE IT WILL INSPIRE OTHERS TO LOOK AT NEW WAYS OF LIVING IN LATER LIFE.
For other blogs in this series, click on “ExtraCare Traditions” in the TAG CLOUD
For as long as ExtraCare has been in existence, we have always given out awards. Cups, medals, ribbons, certificates, plaques and eventually ExtraCare “OBE’s” which, in our case, stands for the Order of the Best of ExtraCare. These were given to residents, volunteers and staff and our view was that everyone deserves recognition for their skills and talents. Our job was to create as many opportunities as possible for people to demonstrate them positively.
The photograph above is one such awards event held at Turners Music Hall in Northampton. Representatives of staff and residents from all over the ExtraCare empire came dressed up for a spectacular day out. The awards were presented by many of the organisations who had donated funds to us over the years and also by many of the local authorities and health authorities that we worked with. As well as being very enjoyable for the residents, awards ceremonies proved to be a great showcase for our work.
Turners was a great venue run by a former fairground showman with a great collection of vintage cars but also a centre piece of a working carousel which was great fun for the residents.
We went on to win many national awards for our work and this continues to this day.
The award ceremonies were usually held in posh London hotels and many residents and staff used it as an opportunity to also do some shopping or go to the theatre.
The awards we won included Housing Design Awards, The Elderly Accommodation Council Awards and the National Housing Federation Awards.
At the time I was writing this blog the December issue of the ExtraCare magazine – “Extralife” was published. The front and centre pages reported that SIX of EatraCare Charitable Trusts projects have won this years Elderly Accommodation Council “Housing for Older People Awards”. These awards are all the more special because they are judged on the residents own assessment of their schemes.