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How to ‘bee’ happy in your hobby

During the week Nathalie is as busy as a bee being an Assistant Development Manager at Repton Park. But come the weekend, she’s busy with bees in her role as…

Staying at Home Poems

We’re delighted to share our favourite ‘Staying at Home’ poems, written by our Retirement residents during the lockdown. This is just one of the activities we’ve provided to help keep…

Pride Month – Andrew’s Story

As we enter ‘Pride Month’, our Retirement Assistant Estate Manager, Andrew Lee, discusses the history of the term ‘Queer’ and how a once derogatory term has now become a celebrated…

Celebrating VE Day

This Friday, 8th May, is VE Day – Victory in Europe Day. It was on this day 75 years’ ago that the Second World War officially ended in Europe. Across…

Tips for managing stress (Pt 3)

By Von Corner, Development Manager, FirstPort How are you feeling today? Happy? Sad? Stressed? I want to talk to you about stress, how it makes us feel and how it…

Free activities for you and the kids

We know many of our residents are having to balance their job with being a teacher and entertainer too! Our Talent team have shared a variety of free educational resources…

Life & Style Spring 2020

Life & Style – Spring 2020 (Issue 24)

A few months ago we hadn’t even heard the term ‘social distancing’ or ‘self-isolating’ but these are extraordinary times in which we now find ourselves and all of us are…

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Tips for managing stress (Pt 2)

By Beth Lancaster, Senior Property Manager, FirstPort Being a Property Manager can be stressful. There’s a lot of responsibility that comes with being the eyes and ears of a site,…

Three tasty dessert recipes

Have you noticed everyone's baking banana bread while we're all at home?!  Fancy making something different?  Soothe your sweet tooth with these quick and delicious dessert recipes created by leading…

Activities to help keep your kids busy

Working at home with kids can be a real challenge, so we’ll be uploading a range of printable activities over the coming weeks to help you keep them entertained. We’ve…

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Top tips on working from home with kids

Managing a young family, confined indoors, seven days a week and doing your day job with them all running around at home is a challenge even Superman and Wonder Woman…

Tips for managing stress (Pt 1)

By Suzanne Ashworth, Visiting Development Manager, FirstPort In a career before FirstPort, I spent many years teaching adults in community settings and one of the most popular courses I ran…

Why property matters to our graduate, Alex

Alex Worsdale, one of FirstPort’s graduate intake of 2019, talks about his time on the scheme so far and how he transitioned from university to FirstPort. I’m often asked ‘why…

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Transformation and Technology

Heather Payne joined FirstPort as its Chief Technology Officer in 2019. She is leading on the company’s new digital strategy, set to transform our technology, processes and culture. Heather explains…

Service charges explained

This article first appeared in Home Focus magazine in January 2020 Service charges can come as a shock but if you know your stuff you'll avoid additional stress, says Nigel…

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Learning new things can be child’s play

By Lisa Potter, Communications Specialist, FirstPort As part of FirstPort’s first ever ‘Learning Week’ (20-24 January 2020), I attended a Coding Playground session at our New Milton Office. What’s a…

Understanding Your Reserve Fund

You may have seen a line in your development’s annual budget for contributions to the reserve fund - sometimes also referred to as the sinking fund - but what is…

Stay safe online with Digital Eagles

We came together with Barclays in 2016 to launch the FirstPort Digital Eagles Initiative, and since then it has allowed us to create a ‘digital community’ across FirstPort, allowing our…

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Look who’s just popped in…

Sherleys Court is a retirement development in Boris Johnson’s Ruislip constituency. Last weekend the residents hosted the Prime Minister as he visited for tea and biscuits.    

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Knit and Natter in Kent

Pauline Jeffree lives in a FirstPort managed development in Kent. We asked if she’d like to tells us what life’s like in Park Court… I have been living at Park…

A day in the life of a Development Manager

Von Corner, our Development Manager in Roby Court recently undertook a dementia awareness course with colleagues. Here she explains how they recently learned and how we might help those affected.…

Our Mental Health First Aiders 

In May 2019, 45 colleagues from different roles and brands across FirstPort were trained by Mental Health First Aid England to become the company’s first mental health first aiders (MHFA).…

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The Butterfly Factor

By Elaine Bald, Business Development Manager, FirstPort Scotland FirstPort Scotland is encouraging all its staff and customers to take 15 minutes this month to join in the national Butterfly survey…

Fire Safety on Balconies

In spite of the hot weather please don’t be tempted to have a barbeque on your balcony. The fire risks are just not worth it. This is especially true on…

Young, homeless and LGBTQ+

As the UK marks Pride month, Centrepoint, FirstPort’s charity partner recently issued this press release, says Clive Booth, PR Manager at FirstPort. The UK’s leading youth homelessness charity, has revealed…

Following in your Father’s Footsteps

Rob Callen has taken ‘following in your father’s footsteps’ quite literally after taking over his dad’s role as Development Manager of a FirstPort retirement development earlier this year. Dave Callen,…

Life&Style – Spring 2019 (Issue 22)

Click here to read your Spring 2019 edition of Life&Style In our Life & Style Spring 2019 issue, we share some fascinating resident stories. Read about Barbara’s claim to fame,…

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Our Developments – Repton Park

Situated in Woodford Green in the London Borough of Redbridge and surrounded by tremendous buildings and wonderful parkland, Repton Park provides a buzzing hub for the local community. History Repton…

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Our Developments – Atkinson Court

Despite being a relatively new build (built in 2006, it is located to many other similar developments in a desirable residential area in the north of the city), the origins…

Ingress Park

Our Developments – Ingress Park

Ingress Park is a beautiful development on the banks of the Thames, in Greenhithe, Kent, consisting of; houses in village street scenes, apartments with views out over the water and…

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Our Developments – Highbury Stadium

Situated in the North London borough of Islington, Highbury Stadium Square still stands proud. Once the glorious ex-Arsenal football ground, Highbury now consists of 725 apartments and some marvellous gardens,…

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The value of the outside environment

What is a beautiful and accessible outside environment worth to retirees? While we’re all clear that location is key for home buyers of all hues, what actually is it that those…

Life&Style – Autumn 2018 (Issue 21)

Click here to read your Autumn 2018 edition of Life&Style In our Life&Style Autumn 2018 issue, we explain regularly used digital services and terms, and feature incredible stories from our…

Life&Style – Spring 2018 (Issue 20)

Click here to read your Spring 2018 edition of Life&Style  In our Life&Style Spring 2018 issue, we share health and nutrition advice on keeping up with your vitamin D intake.…

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Planning for care needs in old age

Far too few of us understand our likely needs in old age, or have considered how we might pay for them. To help increase understanding, we've produced a guide giving…

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Retired residents get their groove on!

They say music brings people together, and that’s certainly the case at a number of our retirement developments where residents are using a newly launched ‘Movers and Groovers’ class to…

Life&Style – Autumn 2017 (Issue 19)

Click here to read your Autumn 2017 edition of Life&Style   In our Life&Style Autumn 2017 issue, named Lighthouse for one issue only, we share our residents’ great stories. You can…