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    Older Workers are
Still Not Being Valued

James Micklewright, Managing Director of Micklewright Careers

     James Micklewright, Managing
   Director of Micklewright Careers

There are more job vacancies than emerging millennials to fill them, but older workers are still not being highly valued as an integral part of the workforce, according to MD of Micklewright Careers, James Micklewright.

The Department of Work and Pensions state that there are 13.5 million job vacancies to be filled in the next ten years, but only seven million young people will leave school and college in that time. Taking this into account, it is self-evident that the older workforce is needed, but Micklewright argues employers are still blindly not recognising the value of the over 50s.

“Older employees are still being pressured to step off the career ladder to make way for younger blood, ignoring years of commercial and personal experience which brings real value to a business,” says James Micklewright.

“Clients often find it harder to find roles because of a misconception they are out of touch, don’t have the stamina, flexibility and particularly IT skills needed in the modern workplace. They are often perceived as being over-qualified or expensive too. This is a total misconception and candidates should be judged on performance not age. It’s time for change as business needs older workers.”

Statistics from the Department of Work and Pensions show that already over 50s form 27 per cent of the current workforce. By 2020 it will be a third. 50 per cent of workers over the age of 55 are looking to work beyond the state pension age.

“The over 50s into their late 70s need to work on a personal level because they are living longer and if they are not allowed to work there will be serious financial implications nationally.

“Employers need to understand the advantages and make the most of a multi-generational workforce by actively embracing it and maximising the skills and productive contribution of all their workers. McDonalds for example reported that they see a 20% higher performance in their outlets with a multi-generational work force.”

Three things businesses should be doing to support an ageing workforce

1. Set up training days where employees of all ages and experience can share their skills with each other. Identify where the training holes are and fill them.

2. A multigenerational team tends to be a productive team. Mix things up wherever possible and utilise skills regardless of age.

3. Fight prejudices that older workers are tired, expensive, lacking technology skills and inflexible. Leaders should set good company protocol and lead by example.

Three things an older employee can do to help themselves be valuable at work

1. Stay up to date by networking. Older employees will have years of contacts - maintain your existing relationships and create new ones. You have a real advantage here.

2. Take control of your own career goals. Regardless of your age don’t stay in an unhappy job. Alternatively ask for training opportunities and try and add new strings to your bow.

3. Emphasise your loyalty – Older workers tend to stay in a job for much longer than their younger counterparts. Highlight that you appreciate the opportunity to be trained in something new and point out that you will be there long enough for that training to be useful to the company.

For information about Micklewright Careers visit

  Independent Living
  Service Helps Ease
   NHS Patient Crisis

Welbeing provides well-known red pendants for elderly and vulnerable people which are monitored round-the-clock and automatically raise an alarm if help is required, for example in the event of a fall

Independent living provider Welbeing has stepped in to help people home from hospital as the NHS struggles to keep up with winter demand.

Welbeing provides well-known red pendants for elderly and vulnerable people which are monitored round-the-clock and automatically raise an alarm if help is required, for example in the event of a fall.

The organisation is working with the British Red Cross which is helping to transport patients from hospital back to their homes in Shropshire, freeing up much-needed hospital beds.

Steve Smith, Welbeing’s CEO says, “Our staff have been assisting the British Red Cross and ambulances service in making people are secure and safe when they are taken home after a stay in hospital.

“Hospitals, and emergency departments in particular, are under extreme pressure at this time so we are doing what we can to ease the strain on NHS services.”

This comes after Mike Adamson, chief executive of the British Road Cross, said last week that hospitals and ambulance services across the country were facing a ‘humanitarian crisis’.

Mr Smith adds, “Health and social care are experiencing very real challenges as budgets have been cut to unrealistically low levels. It is imperative that more money is invested, particularly into care services for the elderly and disabled, so that local authorities can properly fund social care services.”

Welbeing supports over 70,000 people living in private and public sector homes across the country through a wide range of telecare services. These allow the person to continue living independently in their own home without the need for a carer, friend or family member to be present all the time.

For more information about Welbeing visit the website at

       Top Tips for
   Staying Healthy
       in Older Age

Top tips for staying healthy in older age

Today people are living longer, healthier lives and life expectancy has improved dramatically for both men and women across the world. We have improved medical technology and have better care than ever before, making continuous strides in the delay of degeneration.

UK statistics show that between 2015 and 2020, the numbers aged over 65 are expected to increase by 12% (1.1 million), the numbers aged over 85 by 18% (300,000), and the number of centenarians by 40% (7,000. However, individual risk factors play a central role in the development of all physical and mental diseases and conditions, and everyone needs to be aware of what they can individually do to reduce their own risk, and improve health and longevity.

Ageing is undoubtedly linked to degeneration and an increased likelihood for all diseases - including diabetes, heart disease, obesity, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, dementia, high cholesterol, stroke, cancers and chronic lung disease. However you needn’t be a victim of degeneration, argues BMI Healthcare consultant Shane Roche, who claims there is a huge amount you can do to prevent negative health outcomes.

Dr Bhashkar Mukherjee, Consultant in Respiratory and General Medicine at BMI The Blackheath Hospital in Harrow comments on the impact of a healthier lifestyle in promoting a healthier, active, more able ageing population.

“It’s never too late to begin leading a healthier lifestyle,” says Dr Mukherjee. “A healthy lifestyle is important. A good diet; stopping smoking; plenty of exercise; limiting alcohol; weight control; maintaining good vision, hearing, teeth and gums; and managing stress are all critical to maintaining good health as we grow older.”

Dr Mukherjee provides his top tips for maintaining a healthy body and mind through later life:

1.Start with your diet

“Good nutrition helps to boost immunity, keep weight under control and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, bone loss and cancer. Ensure you maintain a healthy diet by reducing sugar intake and eating plenty of fruit (particularly berries), vegetables, high-quality protein, healthy fats and certain vitamins.”

2. Be active

“Thirty-minute exercise sessions at least three to five times a week will help you maintain a healthy weight and will optimise heart, lung and vascular health. Exercise also maintains bone and muscle health, which will help reduce the likelihood of dangerous falls. Walking, swimming and yoga are all excellent ways of improving physical and mental wellbeing.”

3. Minimise those bugs

“While there is a rise in bugs and flu during the cold snap, winter doesn’t have to be the unhealthiest time of year. Many colds can be minimised with some simple early treatments such as the use of a nasal spray. Help prevent colds by washing your hands properly and frequently to destroy the bugs you’ve picked up from touching surfaces used by other people such as doors and light switches. Also, use disposable tissues instead of handkerchiefs to stop infecting your hands each time you blow your nose.”

4. Protection against the cold

“The cold air can act as a trigger, causing creating shortness of breath and wheezing. If you suffer from asthma you should take particular extra care over winter, ensure you take your prescribed medications and always have your emergency inhaler. Keep indoors on very cold days and if you do go out, make sure you are well-protected from the cold, and cover your mouth and nose with a warm scarf.”

5. Recognise the need for screening

“Cancer screenings, regular GP health checks and flu vaccinations are very important as we get older. The government is currently backing a drive to diagnose dementia and other causes of forgetfulness through memory clinics.

“If you’re suffering in silence or feeling unwell, you or your GP can arrange private admission into your local BMI Healthcare hospital using your private medical insurance, providing you are covered by your individual policy, or paying for yourself with our fixed-price package option. Fast access to diagnostics, consultant-led care and private facilitates will make your hospital stay that bit more comfortable, allowing you to focus on what’s important: getting better.”

BMI The Blackheath Hospital have a team of experienced consultant general physicians who can provide around the clock medical care and treatment for a broad range of conditions and illnesses.

To discover more about BMI Healthcare’s general medical admissions service visit

Or call 0800 029 4340.


Retirement Living

Older People Boost Volunteer Workforce

Older people boost volunteer workforce

With increased pressure on health and social care services expected throughout 2017, millions of older people plan to step in and help ease the burden by gifting their time.

New research from older people’s charity, Royal Voluntary Service, reveals 4.7 million people aged 55 and over plan to volunteer in 2017.

And the study shows they want more people to follow suit - nearly two fifths (37%) of 55s and over surveyed say the country needs more volunteers in the wake of health and social care service cutbacks.

Royal Voluntary Service is one of the largest volunteer organisations in the country. It has 35,000 volunteers, a large number of which support older people in hospital – from providing practical help and companionship on wards and making a patients’ stay in hospital more comfortable to assisting older people return home. Given demand on services is set to grow, Royal Voluntary Service says more needs to be done to promote the benefits of volunteering, particular to older people.

Indeed, whilst the research shows nearly one in four (23%) over 55s who currently, or plan to volunteer said retirement was the catalyst for this, Royal Voluntary Service wants it to become an integral part of many more retirees’ plans when they hang up their boots. This is echoed by one in 10 (11%) of the over 55s polled, who say all retirees should volunteer.

David McCullough, chief executive of Royal Voluntary Service says, “Volunteers are playing an increasingly essential role in this country, bringing help, smiles and conversation into the lives of a growing number of older people. The contribution they make in keeping our public services, particularly in the health and social care arenas, functioning cannot be underestimated. It is inspiring to see so many older adults plan to share their time in 2017 and provide a much needed boost to the country’s volunteer workforce.”

Volunteers are playing an increasingly essential role in this country, bringing help, smiles and conversation into the lives of a growing number of older people

The study goes on to reveal the top three reasons older people want to volunteer: to give something back to the community (56%), to stay mentally and physically active (38%) and to meet more people (31%).

Previous research conducted for Royal Voluntary Service by Professor James Nazroo also found that volunteering is not just a one-way street and by gifting their time, older people can also enjoy getting something back. It identified that older people who volunteer are happier and healthier than their counterparts who don’t. Furthermore, a report by chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies cited that staying in work, volunteering or joining a community group can ensure people stay physically and mentally active for longer – saying the health benefits of this cannot be overestimated.

David McCullough continues, “Volunteering should not be seen purely as a way to contribute to society, but also a chance to improve our health and well-being. These health benefits must be better promoted through GPs and other NHS outlets and we hope one day, we might see more GPs ‘prescribing’ volunteering. The new year is the perfect time to reflect on our lifestyle choices – from exercising more to quitting bad habits – and we’d encourage more older people to consider volunteering as a route to a healthy and happy 2017.”

Royal Voluntary Service’s volunteers help older people stay active, independent and able to continue to contribute to society. They do this by providing practical and emotional help where and when it’s needed.

To find out more about volunteering opportunities available in your area please visit: visit:

Tweet @RoyalVolService

Or call 0845 608 0122.

    A New Year and a
        New Look at
   Retirement Living


Richmond Nantwich Village

Retirement is a wonderful time of life but what happens when you become less-mobile? The New Year could be the time to look at Assisted Living within a Richmond Village Suite

With meals provided and domestic chores taken care of, enjoy being pampered and live life to the full. Stimulating and healthy – residents at Richmond Villages discover a whole world of new activities and interests

Having worked hard all your life, retirement should be a time to take control and do those things you have always wanted to do, rather than having life dictated to you. Travel, explore, take up new interests, meet friends old and new.

But what happens when you become a little less mobile, perhaps a bit more frail, and not quite so keen to take on the world?

Assisted Living

Assisted Living with Richmond Villages means residents own a Village Suite at the heart of the village community, with all the facilities of the village centre close at hand

Assisted Living with Richmond Villages means residents own a Village Suite at the heart of the village community, with all the facilities of the village centre close at hand. Everything is designed to help them maintain their independence.

Their Village Suite typically includes a lounge, kitchenette and en-suite bedroom, and to remove all the daily chores enjoy a package that includes all their food, daily cleaning, laundry and utilities, freeing them to spend time doing things they want to do. And for those that might need it, personal care is available from Richmond’s own domiciliary care team.

Assisted Living by numbers

Assisted Living at Richmond Villages has been described as more like living in a five-star hotel

Assisted Living at Richmond Villages has been described as more like living in a five-star hotel - perhaps this list of services is why!

· Laundry is collected and returned twice a week

· Three meals a day are served either in your Village suite or in the restaurant

· A village car and driver is available five days a week

· Cleaning service - seven days a week

· 24-hour access to the onsite care team

· Some 35 activities, classes, outings and events organised every week

“Most of our residents keep themselves very busy, and choose from a wide range of leisure activities and hobbies, many of which are designed to maintain their health and general well-being,” says Paddy Brice, Managing Director of Richmond Villages. “Socialising, and especially making new friends is important, while volunteering and getting involved within the local community, learning and experiencing new things, travelling and cultural activity are all popular.”

“With an ageing population – see notes below - we must do more as a nation to look after those in later life,” says Mr Brice, “and that includes their physical and mental well-being. At Richmond Villages, we fully recognise how essential it is for our residents to stay busy and stimulated, and we ensure there’s a full and ever-changing programme of activities.”

About Richmond Villages

Richmond Villages has been designing, building and operating its own villages for 20 years

One of the pioneers in bringing the retirement village concept to the UK, Richmond Villages has been designing, building and operating its own villages for 20 years. The company currently operates five luxury retirement villages located in Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, with its new village at Witney, Oxfordshire now opening, and construction at Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire already well underway.

For further information about Richmond Villages, please visit

Or telephone 0800 0987 094.

Invest in a Holiday Home in Spain
Invest in a holiday home in Spain


Let's face it, New Year's resolutions to lose weight, eat more healthily and drink less are all well and good, but they're hardly likely to get 2017 off to an exciting start. So ditch the traditional resolutions to enjoy life less and instead resolve to enjoy it more – by buying a holiday home!

The prices offered by the Spanish property market (as well as Spain's fabulous climate, excellent cuisine, stunning golf courses and superb beaches), means that British buyers can pick up good value property, even once the drop in sterling has been taken into account.

Leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España is selling spacious two and three bedroom apartments with generous terraces at La Floresta Sur (close to Marbella), from as little as €190,000+VAT. As well as the development's two large shared pools, owners can enjoy free access to the facilities of El Soto Golf Club. Each apartment comes fully fitted with white goods and with private parking.

But an overseas holiday home isn't the only option for those looking to buy in 2017. Robert Walker, Managing Director of Alexander James Interior Design, explains, “We're seeing a big trend for staycations at the moment and many holiday home buyers are looking at what they can pick up in the UK, rather than overseas. Jumping in the car and driving to your holiday home whenever the mood suits you is far less hassle than having to plan ahead and book a plane and the money you save on flights can be spent on the property itself.”

For more information about Spanish properties visit

    Idyllic Hampshire
Homes Available Now

Wickham Court in North Boarhunt near Fareham

Wickham Court, in North Boarhunt, near Fareham, Hampshire, is a residential park that offers great facilities in a fantastic location.

Just six miles from Portsmouth harbour, Wickham Court is ideally located within easy reach of both countryside and coastline. The nearby village of Wickham and town of Fareham offer a range of local amenities, including tea rooms and coffee shops, restaurants, pubs and a wide variety of shops.

On-site, Wickham Court offers an indoor swimming pool, spa facilities and bar.

Wickham Court offers an indoor swimming pool, spa facilities and bar

Residential park homes have undergone somewhat of a makeover in recent years and now offer a highly attractive, viable alternative to costly bungalows.

Quick Move Properties’ Sales Director, Patrick Chambers explains, “There are many reasons why residential park homes are a tempting prospect, especially for those who are retired or approaching retirement.

“Residential park homes have seen some fantastic developments in recent years, and now offer aspirational homes to suit a wide range of budgets and requirements.

Residential park homes have seen some fantastic developments in recent years, and now offer aspirational homes to suit a wide range of budgets and requirements

“As homeowners approach retirement it’s the ideal time to think about what your future needs might be. Many homeowners begin to think about the idea of downsizing from the larger family home to something that may require a little less maintenance and upkeep.

“Moving to a smaller property will undoubtedly mean less maintenance and lower costs, which is something many approaching retirement are looking for.

“The opportunity to release some of the equity tied up in your current property is also a big draw for homeowners, with many of our customers telling us they want to move to a park home in order to live mortgage-free, or to release some of the capital tied up in their existing property. Some use this equity to treat themselves in retirement, others use it to relieve some of the day-to-day financial pressure, while others like to give family members a bit of a helping hand financially.

Residential park homes also have the added benefit of a ready-made, secure community

“Residential park homes also have the added benefit of a ready-made, secure community. Because many parks are age-restricted, there is often a great sense of community and shared investment in communal areas. Loneliness can be a real issue in retirement, but knowing you’ll be living in a community of other residents at a similar life-stage can offer great reassurance.”

There are currently a number of showhomes available to view at Wickham Court, with several properties available to move into before the Spring. Current availability includes an Omar Regency, a Homeseeker Acclaim, a Stately Albion Wentwood and a Tingdene Haydn.

There are currently a number of showhomes available to view at Wickham Court, with several properties available to move into before the Spring

Have an existing property to sell? No problem! Quick Move Properties’ Part Exchange and Assisted Move services take all of the hassle and uncertainty out of selling a property, and allow you to move in a timescale that suits you.

If you like the idea of moving to a residential park home, but feel Hampshire isn’t the right location for you, Quick Move Properties have homes available throughout the UK, with prices starting from just £149,950.

For more information about buying a residential park home and the homes currently available, contact Quick Move Properties today on Telephone: 01793 840917

Or visit


  Over 75s Reminder to Claim for Your
 Free TV Licence

Over 75s can claim for a free TV Licence

Almost half a million people could potentially apply for a free TV Licence over the next 12 months, as more than 460,000 people across the UK celebrate their 75th birthday in the coming year.

TV Licensing and Age UK are reminding those reaching this landmark birthday in the next 12 months, that they are entitled to claim a free TV Licence. Budgeting can become more challenging as you get older and so TV Licensing has made it easier than ever to apply for the free over 75 licence.

Anyone aged 75 or over can claim a free TV Licence for their main address and over 4 million people across the UK already enjoy the benefits of the concession.

Jason Hill, spokesperson for TV Licensing says, “If you’re approaching 75 or have already enjoyed your 75th birthday then it’s quick and easy to apply for your free TV Licence from the website at

Over 75s can claim for a free TV Licence

Alternatively you can call our customer service centre on 0300 790 6073 and they will be able to help you through the application.

“It’s also important to remember the free licence is not granted automatically so anybody who becomes eligible needs to make sure they apply by calling 0300 790 6073. In addition, if you live with someone aged over 75, their free licence will cover all viewing in the property, meaning you could also benefit, whatever your age.”

This year, TV Licensing has worked with more than 460 organisations offering advice or support services to the community to ensure they have the TV Licensing information they need for their clients, including details of the free over 75 TV Licence.

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK says, “The free licence for people aged 75 and over is hugely valued. Television is an important source of information and entertainment, and connects people with the world outside their home but can be a significant expense. We would encourage everyone aged 75 and over to apply for their free TV licence if they haven’t already done so. It’s easy to do and TV Licensing will renew your licence automatically for three years once you’ve applied, cutting down on the paper work.”

Paying for a TV Licence

TV Licensing aims to make it as easy as possible for people to buy a TV Licence, which is why there are many different ways to pay.

· Online – people are able to pay online at  by Direct Debit or with a debit or credit card

· Direct Debit - monthly, quarterly or annual Direct Debit payment schemes can be set up online at 

· Over-the-counter – people can pay at any of over 28,000 PayPoint outlets across the country or by cash or credit/debit card.

· Debit or credit card over the phone - this facility accepts payment from a range of debit cards including Maestro, Delta and Connect

· By post – send a cheque made payable to TV Licensing to: TV Licensing, Darlington, DL98 1TL

Find out more about paying in weekly instalments over the counter, online, by SMS or by phone on the cash payment plan, call 0300 790 6078

Or visit


      Time to Buy a  
    Bolthole in Wales

 Buy a beautiful bolthole in Wales

A UK holiday home may sound like a luxury but it could be this year's big earner.

Surveys from economic consultancy PwC, online lettings firm, and Barclays Bank show that up to 76% of Britons plan a UK holiday in 2017. This is, in part, due to foreign holidays are up to 20% more expensive since last Summer due to the falling pound.

A boost is likely for the self-catering rental market, with Wales being one of the most popular destinations.

Carol Peett of West Wales Property Finders has already seen a huge increase in the number of people renting holiday cottages in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion over the past year or so.

This she puts down partly to the falling pound since Brexit, but sadly also to the rise in terrorism effecting many traditional family holiday destinations such as Turkey and Egypt and to queues and delays at airports due to added security measures putting people off travelling abroad, particularly those with small children. Two superb Summers running in Pembrokeshire has also helped attract repeat visitors.

Tenby Harbour

Purchasing a holiday home not only solves the problem of where to spend your family holidays but can also generate a healthy income for the owner through holiday lets and these are also still extremely tax efficient.

For further information visit the website at

Or call 01834 862816.