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FOCUS AREA: Employment and Volunteerism

Employment, whether paid or unpaid, is a key part of the broader sense of meaning and purpose.

It is important to value the ability of people to continue to make a significant contribution in the workforce, regardless of their age. Volunteering is equally important and contributes significantly to communities and GDP.


Re-training needs to be an option at any age.

  • Education provision for older people
  • Accessibility
  • Affordability


Understanding the needs of employees and volunteers and ensuring they are valued.

  • Connecting needs with potential volunteers
  • Job board
  • Placement arrangements
  • Understanding needs

Employer Education

Supporting employers to better understand the drivers of their older employees, and putting initiatives in place to enable them to remain in the workplace.

  • Retaining older employees
  • Recognition of experience
  • Rewards
  • Skills transfer

Community Education

Older people bring huge value to the community through paid and unpaid roles, and this work needs to be highly valued and recognised.

  • Value attached to unpaid employment
  • Valuing older employees
  • Role modelling / profiling good practice


We would love to hear from you! What do you think needs to be done to make Gore District the place you would want to stay in for your older years?