People in England are living longer than ever before, with the number of older people in England consistently growing and projected to speed up over the next 20 years . Whilst this is good news, it also creates resource challenges and increased pressures on critical later life services including the NHS. Additionally, in recognising current and future challenges around resource capacity and available workforce levels, demand for service stands to surpass availability of resource.
With participation rates in volunteering highest amongst those aged 65 – 74 (28% volunteering in their communities at least once a month), we need to understand, and use their skills, interests, and motivations for the benefit of wider society and ‘plug the gap’ for in-demand skills that can be drawn upon by effectively engaging volunteers. Recognising increased likelihood, willingness, and capacity for people to volunteer as they enter later years, we need to create and shape a shared vision of understanding of how to best manage, engage and utilise older volunteers, making effective use of their lifetime of skills and experience for the benefit of wider society.
The Healthy Ageing workshops will explore and address a range of considerations including: