The days of spending your retirement knitting by the fire are long gone! Today's retirees are now far more likely to be found back-packing in foreign climes while Age UK says 40% of older people are now engaging in voluntary work.
Not one to buck a trend, Zurich has become a trail-blazer in supporting employees who are approaching the time where retirement may be on the horizon, and thoughts may turn towards volunteering as working life at Zurich winds down.
This is where we step in! 'Evolving' is a programme especially designed by Zurich Community Trust (ZCT) to support any Zurich employees thinking about volunteering when they retire.
As we know, there are now more options than ever available to people who are approaching the age where retirement is possible. Volunteering can provide an opportunity to expand existing skills, or serve as a stepping stone to a new career path. It can be a way to ease into retirement, aid wellbeing and give much needed help to others less fortunate.
Having the opportunity to use those valuable skills and experience developed at work, and to learn some new ones, is truly beneficial to both the retiree and the community.
And, of course, the experience retirees have accumulated really is at a premium to the much stretched voluntary sector; charities need the kind of expertise and experience retirees can offer, and they need it now more than ever.