Oakland Care’s new podcast covers a range of different topics. Join us as we delve into the experiences and lives of Oakland Care residents, staff and inspirational figures from the local community to listen to their life experiences and their tips for living a happy, healthy and well-balanced life.
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This week we talk to Ricky Chaplin, highly decorated amateur boxer, actor, stuntman, fireman & boxing coach, and local to our Swanley care home, Birchwood Heights.
Ricky walks us through his life story, delving into his successful boxing career, his renaissance as an actor – which has seen him star in Prizefighter: The Life of Jem Belcher alongside Russell Crowe and Ray Winstone.
Along the way, he shares his inspirational wellbeing tips and advice on overcoming insurmountable obstacles. This episode is full of practical wisdom, positivity, and tips on how to live a healthier, happy life
On Thursday 8th December 2022, a few days after recording this episode, John Port a World War 2 Soldier, D-Day survivor, and resident at one of our Oakland Care Homes sadly passed away aged 102.
In a tribute to his extraordinary life, this is a conversation about risk, fear, resilience, building relationships, and gratitude.
As John talks about his time in the war as a teenager, living without electricity, starting a new career after retirement, and living through Covid, John really puts things in perspective for us, the younger generation.
Bashir has 40 years nursing experience, served in the Gulf War and he has commissioned over 50 luxury Care Homes, all whilst raising 2 daughters alone. He is truly an inspirational professional with a wealth of knowledge and life experience.
We explore his positive mindset and humble approach to life, which has brought endless success. We also discuss how hard work and looking after the mind can help us overcome the unhealthy patterns that live between reality and the best version of ourselves lurking within.
Bashir’s messages are powerful and inspirational. It was our honour to spend time with him and a delight to share this experience with you.
Actor Tanya Franks on dementia prevention and wellbeing
Released: 03/03/2023 | Featuring: Tanya Franks
Join us as we speak to actor Tanya Franks, best known for her roles as Raine Cross in ‘EastEnders’ and Karen, in ‘Pulling’.
We spoke to Tanya about her fight against dementia through her research with her non-profit foundation, ‘Elimtia’, which seeks to condense the latest discoveries and information around the prevention of dementia.
We explore how Tanya’s own heartache led her on a ‘road of recovery’ to unpick the roots of dementia and extract vital information from the world’s leading neuroscientists to bring straightforward advice everyone can benefit from.
Tanya gives her tips on wellbeing and discusses ‘Babs Army’ in which some of the EastEnders cast are running the 2023 London Marathon to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK in memory of Barbara Windsor.
Push the broken down car and others will help. Therapist and Millwall FC Director Peter Garston shares his story
Released: 17/03/2023 | Featuring: Peter Garston
In this conversation, Peter talks about his extraordinary and inspiring journey, from his upbringing to the battles he has overcome and everything that has led him to where he is today.
We discuss the significant role Millwall Football Club has played throughout his life, including his role as Fan on the Board of Directors and how he changed the relationship between the club and its fanbase.
Peter is now a Person-Centred Therapist and has exposure to many of the main therapeutic approaches; Humanistic, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). He works extensively with people with addiction problems, having battled and beaten his own.
Things get better with time. Kirsty Farmer shares her story
Released: 31/03/2023 | Featuring: Kirsty Farmer
Meet Kirsty Farmer. Client Relations Assistant at our Beechwood Grove Care Home.
We had the honour of sitting down with Kirsty to discuss her journey to date. We discuss how mental health issues can affect those in senior positions within organisations and key mindset tools that can help.
We discuss the importance of helping others and the work Kirsty does with the homeless.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Kirsty. We this conversation leaves you equally enriched.
Earth Day Episode. Aaron White on Sustainability at home and in business.
Released: 22/04/2023 | Featuring: Aaron White
Aaron is the Head of Business Services & Sustainability at Oakland Care. As part of our celebrations at Oakland Care for Earth Day 2023, we spoke to Aaron about how Oakland Care became ‘the Greener Care Choice’ by investing in sustainability and our planet.
Aaron talks us through what initiatives Oakland Care has implemented to look after our planet and our residents and what other businesses can do to start or continue their sustainability journey with simple, practical tips that everyone can begin to help protect our planet.
We hope you enjoy this conversation and come away with new knowledge on how to help the environment at home and work.
In our 10th episode we talk to Therapist Samantha Goddard. Samantha started her career as a dancer after training at the Goodman Training Academy.
During her career as a dancer Samantha spent years being very critical of herself and her body. After teaching dance and fitness Samantha studied nutrition and weight management.
Whilst working with various clients, she discovered the importance of emotional and psychological issues and their impact on losing weight, and that is where Rapid Transformational Therapy came in to play for Samanatha.
We talk to Samantha about Rapid Transformational Therapy, what it is and how it can help everyone. We touch on issues of self-esteem, the menopause, parenting and how mental health issues can affect children and the importance of self-compassion.
Your biggest supporter should be yourself as limitations only exist if you let them. Abbe Clarke shares her story.
Released: 02/05/2023 | Featuring: Abbe Clarke
Meet Abbe Clarke. An aspiring athlete, student and Lifestyles Assistant at our Birchwood Heights care home.
Abbe is an inspirational young student, currently studying for her International Baccalaureate whilst balancing training five times per week as a committed member of Dartford Harriers Athletics Club. She also works as a Lifestyles Assistant, helping to run activities for our residents at our care home on the weekends and in school holidays.
We talk to Abbe about what keeps her motivated to train, her commitment to running and what she gains from working in a care home environment, and her plans and aspirations to become a Lawyer.
Meet Joanne Balmer (BEM).Joanne Balmer (BEM) is Chief Executive Officer at Oakland Care.
Since entering the world of care over 20 years ago as a Care Assistant, Joanne has risen through the ranks and developed into one of the most impressive and well-respected professionals within the sector. She received a British Empire Medal in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to social care during the pandemic and was invited to the King’s Coronation on May this year.
On this episode of the Podcast, we learn about Joanne’s journey to becoming CEO at Oakland Care, including studying for an MBA alongside working and managing family life, her motivation for success, and how she maintains a work-life balance.