Good News Hub

Here’s a sneak peek of village life at our retirement communities across Australia. While every village is unique, they have one thing in common – a good news story to share.

Sing a song of freedom

In the spirit of the ANZACs and all those who have fought for peace and for freedom, we are sharing a beautiful poem penned by Tom Ashall at Boambee Gardens.

Sing a Song of Freedom

Sing with us a song of freedom
Help us set each hostage free
No more captive frightened children
Peace on earth shall surely be
Men have fought the war for freedom
Since the human race began
Love thy neighbour; raise your voices
Sing the song the pilgrims sang
Peace and love shall be our message
Every man shall be your friend
Every war should be the last one
Could the conflicts really end?

Fun, laughter, and noodle soccer ⚽️

There’s never a dull moment at Glengara Care. With Lauren at the helm as Diversional Therapist, residents are spoiled for choice with social activities, Central Coast outings, and things to do. At twice-weekly exercise classes, residents practise sit to stand exercises and other movements to improve mobility. Not only that, but they get active with a pool noodle! Balloon tennis and noodle soccer are particularly popular for good reason: here’s noodle soccer in action.

Some residents have taken to exercising in their homes as well as during classes...

Target golf a hit at Glengara Care

As Glengara Care’s Diversional Therapist, Lauren says “when you love your job, it’s easy to get up in the morning”. She brings that same enthusiasm and zest for life to the Glengara Care community, organising an array of creative activities to keep residents engaged, happy and connected.

While COVID restrictions have made this a little more difficult, Lauren has risen to the creative challenge. She recently created a home-made golf putter course out of a cardboard box...

Christmas craftiness pays dividends

Along with Belrose Country Club, Bartonvale Retirement Villages was the proud joint winner of our Village Christmas Decorating Competition! ✨ The judges loved their creative Australiana-inspired decorations and Bartonvale won a $250 donation to their charity of choice.

Village Manager Robyn and resident Yvonne recently had the honour of presenting a cheque for $250 to Uniting Communities. This is a South Australian not-for-profit organisation that provides support to some village residents. The Bartonvale team champions and celebrates the Uniting Communities ethos: to support people to live the best lives they can...

Twinkling lights spark gift for charity

When Belrose Country Club entered our Christmas Decorating competition, the whole community got involved in making the village look magical and bright. After spending four weeks decorating the village, residents and the RetireAustralia team held a special function in December.

The community came together to share the festive spirit, while the village choir sang Christmas carols and the lights were turned on. Beneath the beautiful twinkling display lay a more important motivation – that of taking home the winning prize in order to donate $250 to their chosen charity...

Residents’ workshop is a hive of activity and laughter

We love seeing residents connect over shared interests and creativity. The Residents’ Workshop at Tea Tree Gardens is thriving, and fosters camaraderie, happiness, and friendship.

The group is resident led and organised, and draws in residents of all ages. Participants regularly make wooden furniture, clocks, toys and planter boxes for the Hope Valley community. They enjoy working in a newly refurbished space and the hallway rings with their laughter.

One proud resident even describes it as her husband’s ‘second home’...

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