Retirement for beginners: volunteering - a world of opportunity
Time: 11:00 - 14:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: FTR13
Available start dates
Duration: 1 session
Note: Course starts today, check start time
What is the course about?
You might, for instance, want to work abroad on a community project, tidy up a wood or tow path in your area, introduce speakers at an arts festival, become a youth mentor, read a thriller to a visually impaired person, do publicity for a favourite charity or run an oral history or literacy project.
We will learn how volunteering can provide purpose, structure, a sense of identity, belonging and involvement for the modern retiree. We will look at some of the reasons people volunteer and (because there appear to be so many options) narrow down the search by selecting from different themes and areas of interest.
This is a face to face course with max of 8 students in the room.
What will we cover?
Where to look for your voluntary job
How to find the most suitable match for your passions, skills and interests
Health benefits and other perks of volunteering
A look at some of the volunteering opportunities in London
A look at a few of the volunteering opportunities abroad
Gaining work experience through volunteering.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Identify the kind of volunteering job which would suit you
Name two places you intend to contact for further information.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The tutor is a semi-retired BBC producer who will share her own volunteering experiences. We will watch video extracts about volunteering. The tutor will encourage learners to share experiences in a supportive environment. There will be a hand-out at the end with useful contacts.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Pen, paper, notebook. Please bring your smart phone/ tablet/ iPad/Chromebook, to be able to search the internet.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Further Retirement for beginners courses.
A "semi-retired" BBC producer, Jenny has been a fan of adult education since she did her A level English Literature at the Working Men's College. She went on to work as a BBC producer at the Open University, where she created television and radio programmes for adult learners. Jenny now works part-time in broadcasting and adult education. She is also on a mission to find satisfying ways of filling her leisure time without spending too much money. She volunteers on the Information Desk at Somerset House, has conducted garden tours at Polesden Lacey and acted as events usher for the Royal Society of Literature. Jenny has also walked dogs for The Cinnamon Trust, visited the elderly and performed with amateur dramatic societies, choirs and worked in a community cafe. She says: "I see retirement as a chance to try things out, go down interesting paths without quite the same pressure to prove ourselves. The post-war generations are the first to experience the possibilities of a really fruitful 'Third Age'. Our only dilemma is which options to choose".
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.