Annette’s Websites of the Week- Anthropologie, National Volunteer’s Week, The Lady Magazine

June 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Annette's websites of the week

Anthropologie – The internet is a great place to shop because you can find brands which may not have stores located in your hometown. Only yesterday I found a gorgeous American based fashion and lifestyle website www.anthropologie.com

Anthropologie sells clothing, accessories, shoes and bags and a whole host of interior ware; bedding, lamps, wallpaper, artwork and kitchen accessories which all have an artistic and free spirited feel and incorporate a huge range of wonderful colours which really brought my attention to the site.

anthropolgie website

Anthropologie has a grown up hippie approach (that’s my impression anyway) which is difficult to come across nowadays and I absolutely adore it. www.anthropologie.com is certainly a site I’ll be revisiting and storing in my favourites file. Even if you don’t make a purchase the site’s creative layout and beautiful garments are a real delight to look at.

National Volunteer’s Week- Did you know that this week has been host to National Volunteer’s Week? Running from 1st – 7th June 2012 National Volunteer’s Week has celebrated the thousands of people who volunteer their time and raised awareness of how you can lend a hand by volunteering.

Volunteers are crucial to charities and organisations who reply on the generosity of others, and it’s not just the charities that reap the benefits. People who choose to volunteer get an enormous sense of satisfaction and a feel-good feeling because they’ve made a difference to a cause they feel passionately about.

Volunteers Week 2012

Anyone can become a volunteer and the sectors of where to volunteer are endless. Schools, charities, hospitals, tea rooms, community centres, shops, local events… The trick is to pick something that you have a personal connection to or can offer practical help to.

I always think that volunteering is a great idea for elderly people and those who have recently retired. Often too much free time can lead to loneliness and in some cases depression. Volunteering a couple of hours a week will not only give you social interaction but keep your brain active and make you feel good!

For volunteering opportunities visit www.volunteering.org.uk or www.do-it.org.uk

The Lady Magazine- I’ve blogged about The Lady Magazine in the past because it’s one of my favourite weekly magazines. A fan of the magazine, I follow The Lady on Twitter, and often check out their website to read blogs and get daily updates from The Lady team.

The Lady Magazine website

In recent weeks www.lady.co.uk has been revamped. They’ve stuck with their bold and instantly recognisable logo but updated the layout making the Home Page a lot more visual with up to date graphs, quirky retro icons and beautiful images that definitely get you clicking through the site.

I really enjoy visiting The Lady online and think that it’s opened up a new readership to the iconic magazine. With fashion forward style pages, blogs from different ‘Lady’ readers and a range of features from, how to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and dressing for the Ascot Races, to dealing with Alzheimer’s, there is something for every Lady; however young or old.

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Unemployment – Older Workers

February 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Many people including myself had hoped to see signs of recovery in the economy during 2012. However a review of current unemployment figures has display the opposite. Unemployed in the UK has risen to 2.67 million and analysts have predicted that it will rise to 3 million by the end of 2012.

It would seem that those aged 50 plus are particularly getting a rough ride and more specifically women of this age group. It was reported today that 1 million women are currently unemployed, the highest statistic for the past 20 years.

Although the media often focuses on younger people who are struggling to get onto the career ladder.  I feel that we shouldn’t ignore the older section of society who are finding it hard to secure employment.

older worker aged 50 plus

Older workers find it difficult to get a job

Generally those aged 50 plus have excellent experience both in the work place and life generally, and sadly many are unemployed through no fault of their own. Redundancies have risen significantly in recent years causing lots of established employees to fall victim to economic hardship.  

So how can you secure a job aged 50 plus? I would recommend using all of your contacts. If you’ve got a little black book of contacts from previous positions dig it out and see if there is anyone who can help you out. And if you’re online create a LinkedIn profile which allows you to create a digital history of your professional experience and connect with people you’ve worked with in the past.

Alternatively volunteering is an excellent option as it strengthens your potential – from experience voluntary work is encouraging to an employer- plus the social aspect offers more opportunities. I recall that good old saying ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’.

Volunteer picture

Volunteering is one option to consider

There are plenty of voluntary opportunities across the country but locally The Douglas Macmillan is always looking for willing volunteers. The Dougie Mac offer a variety of voluntary position so there is something for everyone regardless of knowledge, experience or skill.

When you do find a job remember that it can be more sustainable than you might think. Since last October it became illegal for an employer to force an employee into retirement, meaning that older people can work for longer. This may make some people shiver but if you’ve been out of work for a while, or don’t want to give up the ghost just yet, it’s worth knowing that you can work for as long as you feel fit too.

Age UK recently ran a feature on older people re-embarking into the world of work.

Scouts Honour for Duchess of Cambridge

January 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today it has been announced that the Duchess of Cambridge is to become the Royal Patron of four UK charities as she extends her royal duties branching out with personal projects.

Much like the charity work of her husband, Prince William and his late mother Princess Diana, Kate’s charity work centres mainly on young people and children. Kate is said to have handpicked her chosen charities each carefully reflecting her personal interests such as art and sports.

Duchess of Cambridge centrepoint

Action on Addiction work to help young people with drug and alcohol abuse, EACH is an East Anglian hospice dedicated to caring for terminally ill youngsters whilst The Art Room implements art therapy to emotional distressed and disruptive school children. The most well know the National Portrait Gallery showcases some of the finest art in the world, a topic which Kate is certainly fond of having studied art during her time at St. Andrews University.

The selection is rather impressive as the charities range from extremely well known organisations to smaller charities whose profiles will most certainly be boosted by the Duchesses involvement. Plus each of Kate’s charities sits alongside the charity work of Princes William so wonderfully.

Duchess of Cambridge hospice visit

In addition to her new Royal Patron roles it has also been revealed that Kate will now spend some of her spare time volunteering with the Scouts Association, swapping her famous style for the official Scouts uniform- neckerchief included.

As a former Brownie I’m sure her work with the Scouts involving camping trips, overseeing sporting activities and helping out with Beavers in North Wales, will bring back fond early memories, and hopefully encourage others to volunteer too. Like anyone else the Duchess is said to have been screened with a CRB check ensuring that she is an appropriate choice further endorsing that she will be treated like any other volunteer.

Duchess of Cambridge Scouts

Today’s announcement comes as little surprise as we’re yet to have seen the Duchess do any solo engagements. The New Year seems like the perfect chance for her to do so and I’m very much looking forward to it. Undoubtedly she will do a superb job and I can’t wait to see her transform into, what I’m sure will be, a rather royal Scout Leader.

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