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Your Retirement: Your Choice

For information about our work in this area between 2017 and 2019 please read our Retirement Programme Overview. For more information about future developments for our retirement programme, contact Chris Baker on 07572 077340.

Pilot programme – 2017/2018

Initially funded by The Big Lottery to run in 2017/2018, this short programme  supported the Brighton & Hove retired (or about to retire) community through a series of half day workshops specifically designed to broaden participants’ horizons and promote a healthy and fulfilling retirement.  The programme was followed by a Participant Survey to determine its impact. As well as the survey responses, we received many positive comments about the delivery of the programme and the difference it was making to people’s lives.

New developments in 2019

In 2019 we collaborated with The Hangleton Knoll Project to deliver Your Life:Your Retirement at St. Richard’s Community Centre in Hangleton.  We worked with Clare Hopkins, the Community Development Worker – Older People, to add to their established community programmes for 50+.  Read the full report for the HKP Your Life: Your Retirement Evaluation.

“One of the best courses I have been on.”

“I feel it is a good springboard to start a new adventure in retirement.”

“It was good fun and more informative than I imagined it would be.”

“Thank you so much, I hope to put some of your wisdom into practice.”

The programme will be delivered again in early 2020.

Overview of programme 

This is a mix of 1:1 help, workshops, inspirational talks by local people and a chance to try new things within a friendly and supportive environment. The programme covers:

  • Managing money, time and resources
  • Making new friends and volunteering
  • Looking after yourself
  • Carrying on learning
  • Looking to the future

Background to the project

The National Lottery Awards for All funds projects that can be seen to change or make a difference to communities. We are aware that there are many issues to consider for those approaching and reaching pension age. Much of the media focus is on an image of well-off “baby boomers” leading active lives, but the quality of retirement for those on lower incomes is less well reported. Our programme can benefit people who:

  • Lack the confidence to try new things and make changes to their lives that would improve their physical and mental health – for example, by taking up some form of exercise, making changes to their diet or learning something new.
  • Aren’t aware of the range of free and low cost activities across the city.
  • May not have enough IT skills to search out what is available.
  • Aren’t aware of the benefits that voluntary work can bring in terms of personal fulfilment and new friendships.
  • Would appreciate strategies to help them manage their budgets.
  • Would like ideas for continuing to generate some income to supplement their pension.

A few facts and figures

According to the 2015/16 Public Health Report, in Brighton & Hove:

  • 37,700 people are 65+ (projected to increase to 52,000+ by 2030)
  • Nearly a quarter of the 60+ are affected by income deprivation
  • Only 39% of the 65+ currently achieve the recommended levels of physical activity
  • Over half of those over 65 find day to day activities limited
  • The City is following the WHO’s age friendly city approach by encouraging opportunities and challenging stigma around ageing

Brighton & Hove City Council have confirmed that our programme fits the aspirations of their Public Health Older People’s Programme.