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The silver lining for retirees

Retired brains have a lot to offer, with some over-65’s opting to put theirs to good use, by helping to address social and development challenges in South Africa. Taking their skills, knowledge and experience out of the boardroom and into the social sector, the Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) have years of insight to offer a cash-strapped and under-resourced sector.

“The nonprofit sector in South Africa could gain real value from this talent pool,” says Andy Hadfield, CEO of forgood.co.za, a website that connects people to reputable causes and community organisations. Through the site, individuals and groups can find voluntary positions in their local communities or put up a specific offer for services they are skilled in.

“From bookkeeping, mentoring and offering legal services to something simple, yet equally satisfying, such as reading storybooks to children – retirees have a host of skills to share and a vast amount of knowledge to impart,” says Hadfield.

While money may be a driver for continuing to work after 65, it is not the only motivator for keeping busy. “Volunteering can re-ignite purpose, maintain mental agility, provide social activities and build new relationships. All of these factors contribute to wellbeing, mental health and longevity,” says Hadfield.

The Doing Good Is Good For You survey conducted by the United Health Group found that those who give their time to a cause reported a greater sense of accomplishment and purpose, as well as stronger social networks. The survey also found that 76% of respondents reported volunteering made them feel healthier, with 94% saying that it improved their mental wellbeing and reduced stress levels.

Volunteers who participated in the study actually scored better than non-volunteers on nine measures of emotional wellbeing, including personal independence, capacity for rich interpersonal relationships, life satisfaction and self-esteem. It appears that doing good, really is good for you.

Having set up staff volunteering programmes with some of South Africa’s biggest corporates, forgood has now set their sights on tapping into wider talent pools, such as retirees. “Offering real value and investing time for the betterment of society has no age restriction,” says Hadfield. “From employee engagement to individual philanthropy, forgood aims to achieve maximum impact for the social sector by engaging a diverse range of industries and age groups. We should all be invested in doing good together.” 

For more information on forgood visit:

Website: www.forgood.co.za

Facebook: www.facebook.com/forgoodSA

Twitter: https://twitter.com/forgoodsa

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Distributed by Be-cause Integrated Communications

Sarah Waterfield

sarah@be-cause.co.za

021 442 1082 / 060 677 6235

 

On behalf of:

CEO: Andy Hadfield

 

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