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Over 60’s success!

4 Jan

You are never too old to achieve and become an inspiration to others. It is widely publicised that we are all living longer and with advances in medicine allowing us to live more healthily, 60 is fast becoming the new 30. It is estimated that by 2050 there will be 395 million over 80’s worldwide.  Older people are no longer content to sit in a rocking chair and knit. Retirement can be a time for new beginnings and a new lease of life. We can take inspiration from following people all achieved success after the age of 60:

Gfauja-singh-marathonladys Burrill, from Hawaii became the oldest woman complete a marathon, age 92. She completed her first marathon age 86. Fauja Singh ran his first marathon age 89 and completed the Toronto Waterfront marathon age 100.

Frank McCourt became a bestselling author age 66 with Angela’s Ashes. Bertha Wood had her first book, Fresh Air and Fun, published on her 100th birthday. She began writing it age 90. Peter Roget invented the Thesaurus age 73. He suffered from OCD and making lists calmed him.

Colonel Hartland Sanders established the Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant chain age 65. On her 72nd birthday Poppy Bridger bought the company she used to work for and went back to work to grow the company, Anahiem test labs. Bill Foster founded Accessibility Services age 71 to support older people to stay in their own homes and remain independent.

Artists Mary Delany invented paper collage at age 72, Grandma Moses became famous in her 70’s and sculptorlouise-bourgeois Louise Bourgoise received mainstream recognition after the age of 60.

Over 60s are fast becoming the mainstay of the volunteering work force, supporting and inspiring others with their knowledge, skills, wisdom and sense of fun. If you, or anyone you know has a lot left to give and would like to make a difference, contact us at info@opsw.co.uk We would love to hear your views.

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Ye Ol’ Team Buildin’ Treasure Hunt

6 Jul

Arrrrrghhh shiver me timbers, Ye ol’ Opportunity Plus crew ‘ave embarked on a treasure hunt with the land lubbers of Taunton Job Centre.

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T’ Crew

We didn’t know the vast land O’Taunton well and a game plan was a must. We placed our captain at the head of t’ ship to steer us to the finish line. We were presented with a scroll containin’ many many clues to be solved and we had to work together with no fighting and mutinies to find the treasure.

As a team we battled the challenges, solved anagrams and historical questions t’ find t’ locations we needed t’ photograph. Ye pictures were not enough and had t’ contain a member o’ t’ crew for proof.

At half time we were given another great mystery set of cryptic clues such as *Lord Lambourne’s Norwegian Blue* which lead us to Apple and Parrot.   We did not sup any ale on this day, as we had to be in full form and we were racing against t’ time. We collected as many nuggets of treasure we could before sailing home and presenting our efforts t’ ye quiz master.

Arggghlas we did not prosper as lead hunters but we were proud of our efforts. The day has us communicating, prioritising clues, organising, squash buckling and most importantly laughing. A fantastic was to bring an office together as a strong team.  And we did not come last aha.