East Midlands retirees cite ‘lack of interaction’ and ‘boredom’ as downsides of retirement, study reveals

A quarter of retirees in East Midlands cite lack of interaction with others as the main downside of retirement, new research reveals.

As part of its drive to encourage retirees to join its team of seasonal delivery staff and help inspire the next generation, National Citizen Service (NCS) commissioned the survey of 1,000 retirees.

A fifth agree boredom, every day feeling the same and not earning money are disadvantages of withdrawing from working life.

A third of retirees in the area admit giving up work has left them with more spare time than they anticipated. Two thirds feel working part-time would rejuvenate their sense of purpose.

Chris Tolley, 53, NCS programme lead, said:

“Having retired after 30 years in the police, I wanted to put the skills and experience I'd gained throughout my career to good use by using my free time to continue giving back to my community.

“Police officers and other public servants tend to retire earlier than others, and while that sounds appealing, it can be a shock to the system!

“In the police I frequently saw young people making bad decisions and missing out on opportunities.

“I now lead NCS programmes, working with young adults to help them achieve their full potential and find success.

“It’s important to keep mental stimulation going and putting our skills to use in a different way – and there is nothing more satisfying than feeling you have benefited young adults and encouraged cohesion, mobility and engagement for society as a whole.”

With 78 per cent of people in the region retiring before they are 65, it is unsurprising people find themselves with huge amounts of spare time.

Exercising is the most popular pastime among a third of retirees, while a quarter said they simply pass the time pottering at home with their partner.

A fifth focus on home improvement work or socialising, while less than one in six do any volunteering.

Nearly half believed that part-time work would be financially beneficial and over a quarter said they would consider working primarily to get them out of the house, with one in seven wanting to volunteer.

Working on the NCS programme provides a great opportunity for retirees to meet new people, support and pass on invaluable lessons to younger individuals.

Tony Hannan, workforce development manager at NCS Trust, said:

“Working on the NCS programme provides a unique experience for those who find something missing from their retirement to inspire hundreds of local teens over the two-to-four week programme.

“As our young people gain confidence, skills for life and give back to their local communities, we see the life-changing impact the programme has on both the NCSers and the team who support them to discover who they are and what they can do.”

Those interested in working on programme this summer to deliver a life-changing experience for teens and transform their retirement can find more information and sign up to NCS via www.ncsyes.co.uk/work-with-us/on-programme.

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