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Making a Difference When You Retire

For many people, retirement is something they look forward to for years, only for them to struggle to adjust when it actually happens. It can be hard when you’ve had a busy working life to suddenly stop which is why many decide to get involved in community work. Others, simply want to make a difference.

In this blog post, we’ll highlight some of the different options available. Please be aware this isn’t an exhaustive list but just some of our favourite ways.

volunteerBecome an Independent Visitor

You could volunteer to be a mentor to a young person in foster care. You meet up with them once a month and do a fun activity together. You might decide to take your young person to the cinema, for a meal out, to see a show at a theatre or to see your local football team play. (The cost of the trip is paid for so you don’t need to worry about funding it yourself).

You will make a huge difference to the young person’s life, as they have little or no contact with their family and everyone else who cares for them is paid to do so. You’ll also benefit too, thinking of fun activities to do and building a good relationship as time goes by.

For more information, please visit the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) website or make an enquiry with your local council. You’ll receive constant support and training.

Care for animals

If you’re an animal lover, why not volunteer to walk a dog or short term foster a cat with the Cinnamon Trust? They are a national charity that helps elderly and terminally ill people care for their pets.

Not only will you be helping the owner and their pet but you’ll also benefit from companionship and exercise.

Get involved in your local Foodbank

They are lots of opportunities to volunteer with your local Foodbank. You could help sort the food donations, hand out food parcels, collect food at a local supermarket or even drive a van. For more information, please visit the Foodbank website.

Help at a school

If you have a grandchild at a local primary school, you could consider putting yourself forward as a reading volunteer. You’ll usually have to commit to at least one morning a week but it can be very rewarding, listening to children read.

Most schools require you to be a relative of a child at the school in order to volunteer but it might still be worth contacting your local schools if you don’t have a grandchild at a school but really want to help.

Fancy something else?

For more ideas please visit the Do It website. You can put in your postcode and it will show you dozens of different volunteer opportunities in your area.