You may find that you have the time to take on a new challenge. You may want others to benefit from your experience or to learn new skills yourself. All the while you can meet new friends and have fun.
Well then, volunteering is for you.
Volunteering allows you to give back to your local community a little of what you have learned throughout your life. It also returns great benefits to you as an individual. No matter how many hours you are able to give each week, as long as you have chosen (it is your choice, after all) voluntary work that you enjoy, the health benefits are proven.
Volunteering helps you re-connect with your community and create networks amongst new friends that you will meet. It will help you combat isolation as well as exercising your mind, body and soul. You will feel more confident and self-assured as you learn new skills.
Where can I volunteer?
Ask at your local community group for more details or visit our good friends at Volunteer Now who have volunteer sections throughout Northern Ireland. They are friendly and will accommodate your needs as a volunteer.
Age NI, who have helped guide the Rights 4 Seniors' project from the beginning, also offer a host of volunteering opportunities regardless of your background or skill-sets.
Otherwise, if you would like to show older people the wonders of the worldwide web, we have an exciting project called Supporting Active Engagement which is run with the great support of volunteeers across Northern Ireland.
Do it online
Check out Volunteer Now's online Volunteering Search. It allows you to see what volunteering opportunities are available close to your home.