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We deliver practical workshops, guidance and creative solutions that help individuals, working with organisations that support the over 50’s.

For those people who cannot access our services we are currently developing digital learning packages with support from www.chapter3academy.com

Since 2014 we have delivered in excess of 350 workshops for mature people in Blackpool, Hull, Manchester and London. Provided over 450 coaching hours  in 2018/19 alone.

Over 50% of those attending our startup workshops went on to start their own business or community business. 47% of over 50s businesses are still trading after 5 years.

Over 80% of those attending our “Get Unstuck” and “Moving Forward programme” left with new options, focus and clarity of the next step.

We have delivered many conferences and events including:

Be Bold Be Brave, Tears Trials and Tribulations, Triumphs of the Olderpreneurs, Get Unstuck, Moving Forwards and Brave or Bonkers. Over 50s initiatives include: The Ageing Workforce, partnered by the Humber LEP, DWP and introduced by Baroness Ros Altman. We also partnered with local organisations to deliver a wide range of workshops. Recently we ran a competition  “Best Community Start up” in conjunction with the British Library Business and Intellectual Property Centre in Hull awarding a cash prize, free 4 page website and business stationery.

Below are some of the people we have worked with

What people told us

Why people looked for support included a  a variety of reasons for example:

  • lonely and lacked of support networks,
  • short and long term unemployment issues,
  • lack of confidence,
  • literacy/learning issues (around 15-20%),
  • mental health problems,
  • caring commitments,
  • financial issues,
  • managing big changes e.g. bereavement, redundancy,
  • motivation,
  • lacking in the ability and knowledge to make a living as a small business.

Here is a selection of comments collected from clients in response to questions about what they enjoyed most about the session:

  • “Making me review my goals and action”.
  • “Advice, ideas, talking with others”
  • “Learning new skills and confidence”
  • “The circle of control exercise”
  • “Hearing inspirational stories”
  • “Meeting new people and listening to others stories”
  • “Focus”
  • “Finding out more about volunteering”
  • “Team work”
  • “Good ideas for getting sorted”

Facts

There has been a huge population growth of older people over the last 2 decades. More than 50% of the total numbers of adults are over 50

The ONS estimates that by 2034, individuals aged 65 and over will account for 23% of the population.

Life expectancy has reached its highest level in the UK – 79.4 years at birth for males and 83.1 years for females

Less than half of the population are in employment the year before they are eligible for their state pension, lower than it was in 1950.

61% of unemployed people  50+ have been out of work for 6 mths or more.

1 in 4 men and 1 in 3 women reaching state pension age have not worked for 5 or more years.

The difference between working between 55 and 65 is a boost to a private pension pot of 55% equivalent to an extra £2,800 a year.

Over 3.5 million people aged between 50 and 64 are economically inactive in the UK.

There has been a 40% rise in unemployment amongst the over 50s in the last 2 years.

1 in 3 people over the age of 50 are out of work, compared with 1 in 5 for younger people.