Our reporter, Christine Duffin, used ‘meet up’ when she retired to find out about social opportunities and networks and is now part of walking group that goes as far
and wide as Granada, and also volunteers at The Royal Exchange Theatre, Stretford Public Hall, Age UK Manchester and HOME.
She also volunteers at various festival events such as Manchester International Festival 2019 and Manchester Literature Festival.
Christine enjoys travelling, walking, the theatre, the cinema and any performance arts.
She is a great communicator and enjoy spending time with people, hearing their stories and experiences – skills she will use as part of the Talking About My Generation campaign where she wants to see a positive change in views towards the over 50’s, and an acknowledgement of their ability to continue to contribute to society and positive steps taken to harness and make use of what each individual still has to offer.
Christine says: “Unfortunately my experience has been that some people will overlook the positives of the over 50’s age group, like wisdom, experience and knowledge.
“I am keen to share my own experience since retirement in discovering a whole new world of opportunities via volunteering, challenge views that retirement and getting older means we have nothing further to contribute and to show that there is plenty of opportunity to meet lots of different people, gain new skills, and use and share existing skills – and have fun!”
Read more about the Talking About My Generation campaign here.