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Generations Connected at Bolton Clarke Talbarra Retirement Village

on the Monday, May 7, 2018

The feeling of helping others to something they thought impossible is a feeling unlike anything else. Students from Pimpama State Secondary College recently got to experience this firsthand when they delivered a fully repaired mobility scooter to residents at Bolton Clarke Talbarra Retirement Village.

The students spent much of 2017 taking part in the ‘Fix-ed’ social enterprise program, designed to encourage students to engage with their local community and practice invaluable human-centered design and repair skills.

Pimpama State Secondary College principal John Thornberry said Fix-ed was born out of a passion amongst College staff and students to tackle the issues impacting their community.

“There’s a strong desire to prepare students for the challenges that lie ahead,” he said.

“Future leaders with the skills to tackle problems head on, adapt quickly and create innovative, viable opportunities for the greater community.”

Before taking part in the project, the participating students undertook research and realised that for some residents living in the retirement village, limited mobility was a barrier to maintaining community connections.

This is where their unique project began.

Students received a visit from Bolton Clarke’s leaders in innovation to help students gather research and understand the challenges faced by the ageing community.

Bolton Clarke’s Design Integration lead Lauren Frost provided students with an insight into how Bolton Clarke utilises innovation.

“Bolton Clarke are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to enhance the lives of their customers across the care continuum,” she said.

“Our Design and Innovation team enjoyed connecting and supporting the students as they gained valuable insights into the challenges facing older people.”

Fix-ed collaborator Active Scooters donates the broken mobility scooters to the school to ensure they remain out of landfill and can be donated to those most in need.

Director of Active Scooters John Messenger provided tips to the students on how to best repair mobility scooters and further insights into our ageing community.

“By collaborating with Fix-ed, we believe there is strong potential to provide help to community members who are experiencing hardship, whilst supporting an innovative school program,” he said.

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Pictured: Retirement Village Manager Karina Baker, Student Hunter Ashworth, Innovator Tom Allen, Resident June Thompson, Teacher Stephen Robertson and Student Nyah Kennedy

Wivenhoe Village takes out top honours at UDIA awards

on Thursday, August 9, 2018

Earlier this month, Wivenhoe Village at Kirkham Rise was crowned the winner of the prestigious Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Award for Excellence in Retirement Living 2018.  The UDIA awards are designed to highlight innovation, sustainability, industry leadership and excellence in urban development across NSW and the ACT. This is the second award that Wivenhoe Village has been honoured to receive this year.  In May, Wivenhoe Village was recognised as the best retirement village nationally by the Property Council of Australia. 

Get A Taste Of Retirement Living At Bethanie Waters

on Wednesday, June 6, 2018

If you are thinking about a retirement village or it’s time to do some research on behalf of your loved ones, join Bethanie for some afternoon refreshments and the opportunity to explore what life would be like in the safe surrounds of Bethanie Waters in Port Kennedy.

Wivenhoe Village awarded top award for best retirement living development

on Monday, June 4, 2018

Wivenhoe Village at Kirkham Rise has taken out the top award for the most outstanding retirement living development nationally in the Property Council of Australia annual awards.

Retirement Living Explained In Free Seminar

on Thursday, May 31, 2018

Bethanie, Western Australia’s most recognised not-for-profit aged care and retirement living provider, is pleased to be bringing Retirement Living expert and author Rachel Lane to Perth on the 6Th & 7th June for a series of free seminars on what you need to know about making the right decisions when it comes to retirement living.

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