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South West retirees crave part time work

Published on Wednesday, 6th March 2019, contributed by Purplefish

A huge 85 per cent of retirees in the South West agree that a part-time job would rejuvenate their sense of purpose,  new research reveals.

As part of its drive to encourage retirees to join its team of seasonal delivery staff and help inspire the next generation, National Citizen Service (NCS) commissioned the survey of 1,000 retirees.

More than a quarter admit retirement had left them with more spare time than they anticipated while nearly a fifth said the excitement of finishing work had worn off, leading 25 per cent considering part-time work .

More than half agreed there would be a financial benefit to working part-time while 48 per cent felt it would be good to get them out the house and two fifths said to keep using their skills.

Chris Tolley, 53, NCS programme lead, said: “Having retired after 30 years in the police, I wanted to put the skills and experience I'd gained throughout my career to good use by using my free time to continue giving back to my community.

“Police officers and other public servants tend to retire earlier than others, and while that sounds appealing, it can be a shock to the system!

“In the police I frequently saw young people making bad decisions and missing out on opportunities.

“I now lead NCS programmes, working with young adults to help them achieve their full potential and find success.

“It’s important to keep mental stimulation going and putting our skills to use in a different way – and there is nothing more satisfying than feeling you have benefited young adults and encouraged cohesion, mobility and engagement for society as a whole.”

Not earning money, every day feeling the same and lack of interaction were the most commonly listed downsides of retirement.

What retirees consider the downsides of retiring

Not earning money - 29%

Every day feels the same - 27%

Too much time spent indoors - 21%

Lack of interaction - 18%

Boredom - 19%

Working on the NCS programme provides a great opportunity for retirees to meet new people, support and pass on invaluable lessons to younger individuals.

Tony Hannan, workforce development manager at NCS Trust, said: “Working on the NCS programme provides a unique experience for those who find something missing from their retirement to inspire hundreds of local teens over the two-to-four week programme.

“As our young people gain confidence, skills for life and give back to their local communities, we see the life-changing impact the programme has on both the NCSers and the team who support them to discover who they are and what they can do.”

Those interested in working on programme this summer to deliver a life-changing experience for teens and transform their retirement can find more information and sign up to NCS via www.ncsyes.co.uk/work-with-us/on-programme.