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Spotlight on EngAge Rotherham - April 2017

Chit Chat

Spring is in the air and our EngAge groups surrounded by the sounds of chatter. Several of the groups have had people come to give talks about their different hobbies and experiences. These have included talks by Ray ‘Marathon Man’ Matthews at our Bevan and Brinsworth groups, the right care health talks delivered by Voluntary Action Rotherham at Todwick and a talk on birds and other wildlife at Thorpe Hesley.Ray Matthews giving a talk to Bevan Crescent Group members


Ray took up running on retirement and now aims to run in some of the most extreme places on the planet. He successfully completed a 100km race across the Sahara Desert and more recently took on a very demanding 100 mile run around the circumference of Rotherham. This is part of his goal to run 75 marathons in 75 days to mark his 75th birthday and raise money for Newman School in Whiston. As well as this goal, Ray is supporting our Rotherham Love Later Life Run in May, a 5k race and fun run in Rotherham’s Clifton Park. Ray is currently in the process of talking to all our groups about his running experiences.


As well as listening to talks, our affiliated groups offer a variety of different activities. These include crafts, gardening, board games, quizzes, boccia, kurling, trips and meals out. The group fees cost between £1 and £3 a week. For more details, please call us on 01709 910 699.


Also in March –

EngAge Rotherham held its first evening meeting for volunteers to attend

Age UK Rotherham achieved Kitemark Plus status for excellence in Volunteering

Todwick group received the Duke of York Communitive Initiative Award (read more here)

Maltby Redwood group replanting the garden around their community building

EngAge Rotherham staff attended RotherFed’s AGM and Digital Inclusion Events and the Unity Centre’s Love is Louder project meetings