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Staff spotlight- 60 seconds with our Healthy Active Ageing Trainer

Published on 27 August 2021 03:00 PM

Each week we will be spotlighting Age Scotland staff and trustees to show the human faces of the organisation. Even though we’re all working from home, we can still get to know new and old faces and get a flavour for how they shape our work and support older people.

This week we have Cara McGurn, Age Scotland’s new Healthy Active Ageing Trainer.

Tell us about your role at Age Scotland?
I am Age Scotland’s new Healthy Active Ageing Trainer working within the Health and Wellbeing team. I will be working with member groups to deliver fun movement activities like Body Boosting Bingo and Power Quiz to increase physical activity levels in older adults! I will also be offering training to member groups to allow them to run these sessions themselves.

What do you love most about your job?
So far, I haven’t been able to get out and deliver any sessions in person, but I’m most looking forward to seeing the smiles on the faces of those who will be enjoying some of my sessions and witness the positive impact initiatives like these can have on the lives of older adults!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
“If you can’t be good, be careful”

What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?
Outside of work I spend a lot of my time playing football for Gartcairn Women FC. I’ve played football competitively since I was 9 and I still can’t get enough of it! My other passion is cooking, I have to say I’m still quite the novice chef, but I do get some good reviews from the family and have a brilliant time recording all my dishes on my “Cooking with Cara” social media account!

How would you describe Age Scotland in 3 words?
Forward-thinking, Passionate, Ambitious

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