Keeping busy in retirement

You’ve spent a lifetime going to work, taken care of your family, and saved up for a nice retirement. But what exactly do you do to fill all your hard earned free time?

Keep working

It's up to you to plan when you want to retire. With retirement age going up, many people will have to work longer until they can access their state pension. Working a little longer can also provide a little extra income during later life if you only have a small pension and it will keep you mentally and socially active. 


But that doesn’t mean you have to work full time. You could work part time in the same job, or maybe you want to try something new or start a new business.


Sharing your knowledge

You will have accumulated a wealth of knowledge, experience and skills in your working life, which could benefit others if you are in a position to share them. You could volunteer with a local voluntary organisation or give a talk at a local library, school or community centre and help others improve their own skills and help them prepare them to find work.


Mentoring can be a fulfilling experience and it can be a great source of support for the person being mentored. There are different types of mentoring:

  • Some businesses have workplace mentors. They offer a positive role-model for young people who have come off track, helping them to return to education or training.
  • You could advise and support start-up businesses or assist people who are new to a trade or profession.
  • School mentors work with schools and parents to raise standards and expectations, either one-to-one or in small groups. School mentors help with homework and coursework and support work experience.
  • Care-leave mentors help young people just leaving care with practical advice as well as emotional support like confidence building.
  • You could mentor individuals or groups online via video chat or webinars. 

Further information and advice

Many charities, schools, colleges, community services and projects welcome the support of volunteers and people who want to share their skills and experience. 


Useful contacts:

Community Partnership for Richmond, Kew, Ham, Petersham,Teddington or The Hamptons
Phone: 020 8831 6464

GoLocal for Sheen, Mortlake, Barnes, Twickenham or Whitton
Phone: 020 8973 1877

Community Connections Richmond
Phone: 020 8843 7945