Guide to opportunities in retirement
Being retired may mean you have more time to do the things you've always wanted to. Or you might want to look for new ideas to do things you never knew you'd enjoy. In any case, there's a range of opportunities you can enjoy in retirement.
Guide to volunteering for over-50s
Voluntary organisations recognise that older people bring a wealth of skills and expertise to volunteering. By passing on your skills and learning you can make a difference to people’s lives. Volunteering is also a good way to make new friends and improve general levels of health and fitness.
Become a coach or mentor
Older people's skills and experiences are highly valued in communities. You can put your work experience to good use by becoming a mentor or coach. In return you can develop your own inter-personal skills and remain active and involved in your community.
- Become a coach or mentor
- Mentoring and befriending as a volunteer (leisure, home and community section)
Learning for fun
Learning can be fun and a great way to relax and socialise. It doesn't have to be formal and you don't have to learn for a qualification. Free courses are easy to find and if you're learning just for fun, you can choose anything you find interesting – whether it's a new hobby or a subject you already know something about.
Guide to leisure pursuits for over-50s
If you're over 50 you may have more time for your favourite leisure activities, or you may be looking for a new interest or activity to enjoy in your spare time.
Working part-time after you retire
Reaching State Pension age doesn't mean you have to give up work - paid or voluntary. You can choose to keep on working while taking your State Pension entitlement, or delay your claim and get paid more later on.