Is retirement all that great?
7 Posts Last Activity 29/05/2018
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I'm not convinced, been retired just over four years and I think there's something in the adage the less you do the less you want to do although I help around the house, shop, take the dog for a walk but to a certain extent there is a loss of status once you finish work, seems a slightly aimless time to me not withstanding a smashing family.
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Volunteers wanted for silver surfers community hubs Nationwide
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We are a homeless Social Enterprise based in Manchester. We are soon launching a Nationwide Community Hub based within lovely pubs. This initiative is currently kicking off in a lovely pub called the Cheshire Cheese, Shevington, Crewe. Here’s how it works... The pub designates a small area within the pub. This space is available to all our volunteers Mon-Fri. It’s a sort of mini ‘social club area’. We are trying to tackle the subject of social isolation and loneliness. These social clubs will be operated by our volunteers within these pubs. We have done lots of research and we have had an enormous response from other pubs that want to participate. One of the initiatives is a silver surfers morning or afternoon computer course, teaching people basic computer skills so they can eventually learn how to use a PC, Skype and generally allow them to gain a hobby. We are looking for silver surfers volunteers all over the UK to help us achieve this goal. Isolation and loneliness doesn’t just affect older people which is why we have set up this programme, a lot of our younger generation are suffering aswell. If anyone wants to get involved please email me at info at HelpHomelessHeroes.com We don’t just do pc courses, we have loads of other classes as well. We are looking for volunteers and also people who want to join our committee to make a difference locally, in your community. Please get in touch or visit the HHH website
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Advice on where to retire to Spain - not cold but not roasting
2 Posts Last Activity 01/05/2018
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Hi, I plan on retiring to Spain this year and initially was looking at the Torrevieja area but have seen numerous articles about it being like a council estate full of tourists. I'm not sure where to base my search initially but I don't speak Spanish and don't drive, also bringing my dog with me, so I'd need a area with ample walking, close to shops and where I could get by without speaking Spanish for the time being. Also where I could buy a 1-2 bedroom property for £50,000, thanks in advance.
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To retire or not at 55?
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Hi I am 54 and aiming to retire at 55. Would like to hear from people who retired early and if on hindsight, was the right thing to do! Many thanks !
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Period or Modern? which home is right for you article
2 Posts Last Activity 01/03/2018
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Hi everyone, I was looking at this article on Silversurfers and was wondering what your thoughts were on this? https://www.silversurfers.com/property/retirement-living/period-modern-home-right/ I've looked at the Harefield Place website and saw that it was going to be completed during Spring this year! It looks like a great investment and was also wondering who else was interested? Dave
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Volunteering - how was it for you?
4 Posts Last Activity 07/03/2018
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How do older volunteers feel? Hello all. I'm doing some work with some of my local voluntary organisations to help them better engage with older volunteers, being one myself I know a bit how we older people may feel when contemplating volunteering, but I am interested in how you felt? What made or would make you decide to volunteer? How would you go about picking an organisation to volunteer with? What would be a barrier to volunteering for you? What would put you off or worry you about volunteering? What would you hope to get out of it? What do you think you could bring to the organisation? Anything else you want to have a say about volunteering. Lots of questions I know but if any of you could answer a few or all them I'd be really grateful. The organisations I'm working with really want to get it right so here's your chance to make sure they do. We will hopefully roll out our programme to other organisations around the country to make sure us potential older volunteers are having our say. Many thanks.
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Pension
1 Posts Last Activity 21/01/2018
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Could someone tell me please when I can expect money from my old age pension to be put into my account? I am entitled from July 6th 2018. I know I have to apply for it 4 months before. Does that mean that for the month of July I will have a lesser amount. It not being a full month?
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Retiring to Madeira
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We are looking to move to Madeira shortly. Have any members had any experience of life there as an expat? We are experienced travellers, adventurous and have lived in Italy for 13 years and two years in Thailand. Info very welcome particularly with regard to health care and local facilities. We have no worries about language as we have always managed even in places where noone speaks English. I remember one hilarous evening with a bottle of Glen Morangie, a bottle of vodka and a Russian English dictionary! Charades was never so much fun.
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Static Caravan Site
12 Posts Last Activity 14/08/2017
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I'm Thinking of Moving to a Static Caravan site to live there all Year round. Has anybody got any experience of this and what are the pro and cons on Caravan Living? Thank you for any answers..
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Equity Release
10 Posts Last Activity 05/01/2018
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Hi - I just wondered if anyone had tried Equity Release and if so, what did you think about it. Thanks.
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