I was manager of the local office of a national charity when I was catapulted into retirement due to a family crisis. Giving up work was sudden and emotional because of the situation I found myself in. I did not have a ‘pension pot’ to rely on but was already drawing the state pension. My ex-husband covers the cost of my housing and I take on extra occasional work to make ends meet.
Several years later with the crisis resolved, I attended an Envisage workshop and I can honestly say it transformed my attitude to later life. I already had a will and power of attorney in place and had returned to volunteering with the charity I used to work for, but I’d never considered a long-term vision for my retirement. The expert presentations, group discussion and camaraderie, plus hearing the ideas and initiative of peers gave me the inspiration to do more exercise, get a senior rail card and travel, and take on a voluntary management role with a local library where I have learnt new skills .
I am more enthusiastic about life in general and have enjoyed ‘catching up’ with fellow attendees since the course. Already good at managing my finances I am now more disciplined with saving which has enabled me to manage repairs on my home, though I have begun thinking about moving into a flat which would be easier to manage. I highly recommend the community workshops for anyone approaching, or indeed already into, life without paid employment. If nothing else it’s fun, encouraging and you meet new friends.