Volunteering in retirement is definitely mutually beneficial.  It can provide the retiree with an opportunity to fulfil many things only dreamt of during working life, expand skills and serve as a stepping stone from one career path to another. It can be a way to ease into retirement, helping to meaningfully fill time, support well-being and give much needed help to others less-fortunate.  Sometimes it just gives a chance to make new friends, or talk to people about their lives, interests and experiences. Studies show that those volunteering in retirement enjoy better health and live longer.

What's more, volunteering in retirement is a growing trend. Age UK reports that two-fifths of older people are engaging in voluntary work, and a poll by the Royal Voluntary Service found that one in five - around 2.2 million - people over the age of 60 help out with at least two different charities​

  • 83% of volunteers said they help because they believe charity work is important. Half of those polled said it helps them as they enjoy having a purpose in life.
  • 3% of those questioned said that volunteering gives them the time they need away from their partners!​ ​

Benefits of volunteering in retirement

To you
  • A fresh perspective                                     
  • A different pace of life
  • Learn a new skill
  • Use your skills in a new environment
  • Find a stepping stone to a new career
  • Meet new people
  • Have a sense of purpose
  • Develop a new routine
  • Give something back
  • Make a difference
  • Keep physically and mentally active
  • Reduced incidences of poor health and depression

To others

Provide much sought after skills to the voluntary sector

  • Supply manpower
  • Bridge a funding gap; your resource could cost more if hired externally
  • Input of fresh ideas and new personality
  • You could prove to be a ‘life saver’