Roar Do Walk a Mile in Renfrewshire

Roar – Connections for Life is supporting the Walk a Mile in My Shoes campaign by engaging our networks and members to walk on the 10th May.

As many of the older adults we support are not able to walk the full mile we have decided to contribute collectively, and that cumulatively the total of steps taken by almost 200 participants will equate to well over a mile.

The focus of the campaign is to challenge mental health stigma – one conversation at a time. This campaign really resonates with Roar’s passionate commitment to reducing loneliness and social isolation in old age. We work to achieve this by enabling people to make positive and fulfilling connections with others. This isn’t possible if people experience discrimination, hostility or cliquishness.

The key to our growing success is the culture we have embedded into everything we do.

A culture where respect, kindness, empathy and encouragement is positively reinforced and where aggressive negativity of any form is not tolerated. This can be challenging but when it works it is so powerfully positive.

I’m not advertising beer but I am enthralled by the new Heineken Advert showing how if you can get people together in the right circumstances – prejudices diminish.

So whether you walk a mile, or just share some smiles with the people you meet today, let’s work together to make our communities kinder places to live.


Picture1 Nicola Hanssen is the General Manager at Roar-Connections for Life. Nicola has the responsibility of leading the organisation’s strategy in partnership with the Board Of Trustees, designing and creating new projects and services. You can contact her at

Bucket Listers: Our Men’s group have a need for speed

 1RoarLast Friday, Our Men’s Group was invited by STV Glasgow to go on an eagerly awaited trip on a speed boat down the River Clyde.

Following on from John’s visit to Live At Five to speak about his cycle with Colin Calder from Matilda’s Musings, the speed boat expedition was arranged thanks to Euan – one of the lovely presenters at Live At Five.

Euan had hinted at the trip on John’s previous visit to the sofa but it didn’t become a reality until all the men were sat on the speed boat on Friday afternoon.

The group was buzzing with excitement and were not disappointed when the boat went full speed up the blistering cold River Clyde. Thanks to Paul Cameron, our Digital Participation Officer, for braving the bow of the boat to capture the experience:

The outing was a great laugh for the group and for Nicola Hanssen, Roar’s General Manager as well as Paul. It is definitely something we won’t forget!

It’s experiences like this that make our Men’s group special and innovative. We strive to give our members the best possible experiences.

Our Men’s group runs on a Friday every week and has been host to a diverse group of speakers; they also go on outings most recently to Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park to make bat boxes as part of a bat conservation project.

We’re always on the look out for interesting experiences for the Men’s group and would love to hear from you if you are an expert in a particular field or can offer a particular outing.

If you’re interested in our projects, what we do, or even want to volunteer contact us for more information.


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Roar’s Balance Challenge Returns

Roar’s Balance Challenge Returns! #Stop1stFalls

How long can you stand on one leg? With your eyesOne leg wobble closed? Research shows that your ability could provide early warning of later health problems.

Roar’s Balance Challenge social media campaign gained national recognition nearly 2 years ago and this time we’re asking can you still do it?

We were delighted to see people take up the challenge on social media which was very successful! Revisiting the #wobblechallenge two years later, this time our Balance Challenge is all about how you’re doing and is your balance where you want it to be?

 3. One legged wobble media campaign more Maintaining balance contributes to better movement and staying independent, particularly for older adults. It prevents accidents, while allowing people to move faster through possessing control of their weight and body.

Vision directly affects balance together with the proprioceptive systems and inner ear, so closing your eyes while doing this exercise adds a challenge that improves your gait.  The one-legged wobble ultimately tests and conditions you by using a single leg to support the body, which makes balancing using both legs easier.

Have you improved? Try it & make sure you tag us on your Facebook video or Tweet using #Stop1stFalls!

Take a stand! Challenge a friend!





John Chapman was invited onto STV Glasgow‘s Live At Five yesterday to talk about his tandem ride with Colin Calder and ROAR.

The 91 year old had a great time being interviewed by Euan and Hayley on the Live at Five sofa. Our general manager, Nicola Hanssen was also there filling in the presenters on ROAR’s clubs, projects and goals.

IMG_8518However, without Colin Calder from Matilda’s Musings this would not have been possible. Calder took John on a ride nearby to the West End Community Centre, Paisley before coming back to talk to the Men’s Group about his travels.

The presenters were lovely to both Nicola and John; they even hinted at a possible future outing on a speed boat for the Men’s group!

John is a fantastic character who has been with us for nearly 2 years now. He started by attending our Exclusive Club which helps to improve balance and strength.

Our men’s group is certainly buzzing with interest now since the publicity from last week’s event.

If you’re interested in our projects, what we do, or even want to volunteer contact us for more information.



Volunteer Footcare Technicians

We need more Volunteer Footcare Technicians.

Many older people cannot cut their own toe nails and need to find an affordable service to help them. Long toenails can make it difficult to get shoes on, can cause pain when walking and increases the chances of having a fall. And for elderly people, falls have been shown to be as dangerous as smoking and heart disease.

“Roar Do Feet” is a basic footcare service for older people. We run sessions in various venues across Renfrewshire where we cut toe nails and carry out basic footcare. It’s also an opportunity to chat to people about how they are getting on.

There is a big demand for our Roar Do Feet service and we need volunteer footcare technicians to keep it running. Volunteers get training and support from Roar and an NHS Podiatrist – there is also a pathway to paid employment. We know feet aren’t for everyone but it’s an opportunity to do something wonderful for older people, that helps them get out, socialise and helps prevent falls.

If you want to volunteer please get in contact.

tel: 0141 889 7481



Anne Volunteer Footcare Technician

I’ve been volunteering for around 6 months. I do toenail cutting, comforting foot rubs and conversation. The training we get from the NHS Podiatrist is great. Some people don’t like feet but they’re not that bad . I started off as a dental assistant and now I’m doing feet so I’ve moved from the top to the bottom of the body.
I really enjoy it. Footcare seems like a small thing but it makes a huge difference to people’s lives. If the people can’t cut their toenails, it can lead to problems walking, which can result in back pain, decreased mobility and increased risk of falling and social isolation. So while it seems like a little thing it’s really life changing.


Cara Volunteer Footcare Technician

I had finished my marketing degree and while I was job hunting I contacted Roar to volunteer as a befriender. When I was shown what a huge difference I could make doing footcare, I decided to give it a go. If an older person can’t cut their toenails it can result in lots of complications. Their feet can become painful, they don’t move about, stop going out and they can become socially isolated. This service has even been shown to help prevent falls which can have a devastating impact on older people’s lives. It’s not something I thought I would ever do but it has actually been good and I’ve been doing it for 8 months now. Its lovely chatting to people, they really appreciate the service and when they leave they say they really feel the difference … not as sore.

The footcare training we get is great, it is from a NHS Podiatrist and they come back every so often to do top up training. I’m really well supported in the sessions and I can always ask questions.

The sessions are a good laugh, it’s a nice atmosphere, there are a few of us doing it in a room and the people I meet have great stories. It’s not for everyone but cutting toe nails can have a massive impact on people’s lives and it well worth doing.  Cara has recently taken up a full-time marketing post in London.

Roar are always looking for volunteers and if you want to do something wonderful for older people then you should get in contact.

If you want to volunteer please get in contact.

tel: 0141 889 7481



Road safety – Test yourself


Make sure you are keeping safe on the road. Take our test.

Road safety isn’t just for kids – it’s for life!

Pedestrians and drivers alike need to make sure they are keeping safe on the roads. We have some helpful leaflets that can help you make sure you’re as safe as you can be on the roads.


Our flyer is full of top tips on how you can keep safe on the roads. Take a look here and test yourself.


Our questionnaire is designed to prompt you to think about your driving. You can read more and take
the test here.

Useful websites:

For more information on how you can keep safe on the roads, you can visit the following links:
The Older Persons guide to Pedestrian Safety
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – The Tufty Club



Befriending is aimed at people who are socially isolated and may have mobility or other disability issues. This service gives people the opportunity to meet with a volunteer in their own home or be accompanied for a walk, shopping or other activities agreed between ROAR and the older person.

Health & Wellbeing Clubs

Roar Connections For Life has 12 Clubs in 10 venues across Renfrewshire where members enjoy a healthy two course lunch along with a health and wellbeing activity.