New activities for Sheltered Housing, Care Homes and Communities

McMurtrie Leisure is coming to Sheltered Housing and Care Homes – and you can be part of the fun

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Are you looking for new activities for your sheltered housing or residential care home residents?

We’re supporters of McMurtrie Leisure, which has new opportunities and are looking for organisations to take part in a trial, completely free of charge

Callum McMurtrie, local businessman and Managing Director says:
“McMurtrie Leisure invests in worthy causes, particularly Children’s Charities. It works with partners, including holiday parks and community delivery organisations players to support others in times of need.

And your sheltered housing scheme and care home residents can join in the fun.

McMurtrie Leisure can work with all sheltered housing schemes, residential care homes and similar types of communities.  So why not get in touch to find out how.
Residents can get involved without leaving the safe and secure surroundings of your sheltered housing scheme, care home or community hub.
We also work in partnership with you to ensure our activities become an additional funding source for your organisation.

We have exciting new games coming along in the future too, all of which can help enhance your residents quality of life, sense of fun and help you generate additional income for your sheltered housing scheme or residential care home.
Our free trial will be available to your organisation if it resides in Central Lancashire, or other areas at our discretion. Even if you’re in a wider area, please share your details with us by completing this survey. We’ll then talk to you about how we can help your residents, visitors and your organisation.
Please complete our simple survey – it should take you less than five minutes to complete.
Interested in finding out more?  Leave your details and we’ll contact you in the next few days with more information.
Your feedback is valuable to us in designing services that add value to you and your residents.  I thank you in anticipation of hearing your views.”

Supporting Cancer Survivorship and Quality of Life

We have significant challenges.  Let’s recognise those, let’s be resilient, determined and consider how to achieve!

On Thursday 27th July I was privileged to run a short workshop at an event in Blackpool to celebrate World Head and Neck Cancer Day.

With a packed audience of support professionals, patients and carers, I wanted to provide a context of problems and challenges facing people with cancer, their friends, families and carers.  Yet also to focus on achievements and successes.

Here’s what I said:

“I’m Phil and my grandfather died 43 years ago when I was just nine years old.  He died from lung cancer caused by smoking.

Did my grandfather’s death have an impact on my life since then?  I think so!

Whilst I have been fortunate enough that cancer has not impacted on my family or friends since then, I have struggled with many life challenges.

I was married now and am now divorced.  This was a rough ride for my three daughters, as they had to struggle through conflicts.

I struggle with a hearing impairment, I will likely go totally deaf in one ear within a few more years.

I have had significant spells of voluntary work, when I couldn’t get paid work.  I have been unemployed and was a lone parent for a two year spell, both of which presented significant challenges to re-entering employment.


That said my glass is always well over three quarters full, never half empty.

12th August 2013 I will always class as one of my lifetime achievements.  On that day I started my own business, a dream of mine for many, many years.  Despite many hurdles along the way we are resilient, determined and continue to exist today and are on our growth journey to success.  Our efforts have been such as to be able to achieve BIBAs (Be Inspired in Business Awards) finalist status in the socially responsible category in 2016.

I am passionate that communities should be socially inclusive and that barriers and perceived barriers to entry to employment and services are there to be reduced and eliminated.

I subscribe to the policy agenda that encourages people to be active and to work and that by products from that are reduction in incidences of ill health and of course reductions in health treatments and support costs.

So for example being mentally or physically active should promote experiences of positive wellbeing, including leading to improved self-esteem, motivation, improved general and mental health, and reduced psychological distress.

By promoting enhanced levels of community engagement, GuideDotYou encourages people to participate in activities, socialise, volunteer, and enter into sustainable employment or self-employment.  Together we can put the emphasis on prevention is better than cure and improve the quality of life for so many, leading to better health outcomes for individuals across our diverse population.

Which leads us in to building together our “Wall Of Success”.  Starting with this short exercise and building through the evening as we hear from more and more inspirational speakers contributing their wealth of knowledge and experience to support you.

The aim is to identify your successes and achievements – no matter how big or small they may seem to you.  Despite problems and challenges, those successes are there.  Using the post its you are supplied with, let’s build that collective wall.  It will be so powerful, and who knows may inspire some of you to learn from other’s successes and further embark on your own positive journey to recovery and success.”

During the evening the wall built and we had 45 different contributions that helped to build the collective “Wall of Success”

Sharing is Caring!

Truly Inspirational!

Will You Join Us For A Festive Celebration?

We would love you to join us for a Christmas party at the fabulous venue of Kilhey Court Hotel, Wigan.

This is a great opportunity for friends, charity contacts, business contacts, sole traders without a workforce, walkers, family and more to get to that festive celebration that they might not be able to do outside of a group setting.

In a large room with other groups we will choose from either a Disco Inferno Party Night, with two course meal (£32) or a Boogie Wonderland Party Night, with three course meal (£37), when held on a Friday or Saturday night. Choice of dates are 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th December.

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A £10 deposit is required to confirm your place and must be paid to me by no later than Wednesday 26th July.

The balance is payable six weeks before the event, so around the end of October.

Fancy staying overnight after the party? – that’s from £79 per room bed and breakfast, basic price, based on two people sharing and includes use of leisure facilities. Single rooms and upgrades may be available.

Please let us know, in comments, on our Facebook page, or by writing to

1) Are you interested and can pay your £10 deposit by 26th July?

2) Which type of party is your preference? Boogie Wonderland or Disco Inferno? We will go with the one with most votes.

3) Which dates you are available – 8th, 9th, 15th or 16th December? We will select the date when most are available.

If possible please go to our Facebook page to log your interest for the event

I will review responses around 18th July and let you know which party type and which date we are going for.

We hope you will choose to join us.

Merry Christmas!!


Are you a Business Development Manager? – New opportunities, immediate start

GuideDotYou is acting in a business management capacity for McMurtrie Leisure Ltd., a fast growth potential organisation that is currently recruiting for business development managers across the north of England. Who do you know that might fit the bill?

Town and County Bingo is a not for profit brand that invests in worthy causes, particularly Children’s Charities. It works with partners, including holiday parks, communities and bingo players to support others in times of need.

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Are you an experienced sales-driven or ambitious and energetic Business Development Manager and looking for new opportunities with high growth potential?

Can you help us expand our new customer base, care for existing customers and contribute to how our business develops and grows?

If so, McMurtrie Leisure wants to hear from you as we have immediate start regional opportunities in Lancashire, Merseyside and Yorkshire.

Excellent rewards for the right candidates.

Are you interested in finding out more? Please reply to this post, or on Phil Parramore’s LinkedIn or Facebook pages requesting an early conversation.

If you know of someone that may be interested please share this opportunity with your network.

Thank you in anticipation and I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Fantastic Value Coaching for the Summer

We are so disappointed that we have had to postpone our latest workshop that we just had to put a special offer in its place.

So for the whole month of July we are offering a special coaching package to help you create a robust business plan or funding application.

Yes – you receive three hours of one to one coaching at the massively reduced rate of just £79. You get £200 of value for just £79. But hurry, as our rates will return to normal as soon as the clock ticks August.


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Your coaching must be paid for in advance of the first session and can be taken in either one or two sessions, which must be completed before the end of August.

This offer is available when taking your coaching session(s) by video call or at a location within 10 miles of Preston, Lancashire.

For the first two people to sign up, as long you join by Monday 3rd July and follow our Facebook page, we’ll even throw in two seats at an evening of food, drink and entertainment at the Kilhey Court Hall, Wigan on Thursday 6th July.

Interested?? You can buy your tickets for coaching using this link or by asking for an invoice.