Posted on Monday 30 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Volunteer Now

Steve Hare, Director of Human Resources at DOE with Claire Keatinge, Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland and Chief Executive of Volunteer Now, Wendy Osborne

As part of the European Year of Active Ageing, Volunteer Now is calling on all employers across Northern Ireland to attend a breakfast briefing to find out how signing up their employees aged 50+ to volunteer can have a positive impact on the lives of their staff after they retire.

The free breakfast briefing, which will take place at the Titanic Signature Building in Belfast on Thursday 17th May, is being hosted by Volunteer Now’s Unlocking Potential Project. It will give employers the chance to hear how Employer Supported Volunteering can play an integral part in preparing staff for their retirement.

Supported by the Equality Commission, the breakfast will take place from 8.30am to 10am. Employers will hear from a local employer and retired volunteer who will highlight the positive impact that volunteering can have on the lives of employees aged 50+ beyond their working life.

Attendees will be given the opportunity to sign up to offer staff aged 50+ the chance to take part in the upcoming One Good Reason Action Day on 29th June in Belfast and Londonderry / Derry which provides a free taster session of volunteering opportunities in the local community.

Commenting on the upcoming breakfast briefing, Wendy Osborne OBE, Chief Executive of Volunteer Now said: “We hope that employers from across Northern Ireland will attend this event and display their Corporate Social Responsibility by signing up their employees aged 50+ to the upcoming Action Day in June. Our research shows that people who have experienced volunteering before they retire are more likely to make it part of their routine when they do.

“As the number of people retiring increases as our population ages it is imperative that more people volunteer not just to ensure that their skills and talents aren’t lost to the community but also so that individuals don’t miss out on the many health and social benefits provided by volunteering to retirees.”

Claire Keatinge, Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland is also supporting the campaign. “As we approach retirement, it is important to start to think about what activities we would like to get involved in once we are no longer working. Retirement is a major transition in people’s lives which many people approach with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Becoming older offers very positive opportunities to age actively. Volunteering is a great way to make a difference in the local community and provide much needed support to much needed charities and organisations. It is also a great way to meet new people and try new things.”

Steve Hare, Director of Human Resources at DOE commented: “I would like to encourage other employers to come along to the upcoming breakfast briefing and sign up their staff for the Action Day in June. Volunteering can have a number of benefits for staff including those approaching retirement. It’s also great opportunity for businesses to forge links and make a real difference in the local community, helping them to foster teamwork and develop new skills that will both benefit their business and also themselves.”

The event is particularly suitable for Human Resources Directors and staff responsible for Corporate Social Responsibility practices.

For more information or to register for this free event, contact Nicola Reavey on 028 90232020 or email or for more information log on to


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