Support for retirement planning

A Bristol-based charity is tackling a gap in retirement planning – by hosting workshops to support people over fifty to manage the shift into later life. 

LinkAge Network works to tackle the causes of loneliness and social isolation in older people across the West of England.

It will be running three post retirement workshops during February and March covering topics such as exploring priorities, finances and good health.

According to a 2017 YouGov poll commissioned by the Centre for Ageing Better, one in five recently- retired adults has admitted to finding the process difficult. 

And a report by the Centre, ‘Retirement transitions in later life’ found -despite concerns – more than half of those who had retired in the last five years had done little to prepare for it. 

Chief Executive of LinkAge Network, Jo Stokes, said: “Retirement is a major transition in life and yet there is a lack of support out there to help people navigate this time. 

“Our Post Retirement Opportunities (PRO) workshops offer the opportunity to gather the information needed to help plan for a happy and fulfilling retirement in a social and informal setting. Whether you intend to continue to work or not, these workshops are relevant to everyone at this stage of life.” 

A Post Retirement workshop run by LinkAge.

Claire, a previous PRO workshop participant, said: “It’s important not to underestimate the psychological impact of retirement – the fear of losing your identity, purpose, and the social connections we have through work. 

“Just being in a room with other people at a similar stage in life, knowing there are others going through the same thing, really helps you feel less alone.” 

The Post-Retirement Opportunities workshops can be booked online via Eventbrite. Visit https://www.linkagenetwork.org.uk/projects/post-retirement-opportunities-pro/