Advice for those about to retire

A NORTH-east voluntary organisation is reaching out to workers who are due to retire in the next few months in a bid to give them support before they call time on their working lives.

The assistance is being offered by Grampian Pre-Retirement Council.

Part-time administrator Margaret Stapel said they aim to introduce those about to retire to the reality that it is something to be enjoyed, particularly as so many senior citizens are living much longer.

At 72, Mrs Stapel is living proof that older people not only live longer, but can be active right through their years of retirement. She has no intention of calling it a day, happily helping the 21-year-old organisation to provide courses to a range of individuals.

She told the Times: “The courses are designed to introduce people to all the opportunities on offer, while talking through some of the issues that face those about to retire, or to go to another career.

The two day courses have been widely acclaimed by the large numbers of companies and individuals who have attended.

Mrs Stapel, who urged anyone due to retire in the next year to contact her, said: “The appraisals have been just brilliant, leading us to believe we are doing something right. It has been great fun for us, and obviously our clients who seem to like what they learn from the courses.

‘’We also want to hear from companies, and would in fact be more than happy to run an in-house course for local firms.”

The courses run from 10am each day through until 4pm.

Mrs Stapel, who attended one of the courses before she retired, added: “It’s all for £180 per person. I was happy to recommend the course then and am equally happy to give our wares my backing now that I work for them. The two days are packed with useful information, but also based on participation. If you come along you won’t regret it.”

Day one starts with an upbeat introduction of the life after retirement, followed by input about pensions, legal issues, taxation, and finance.

The second day is comprised of issues related to health, personal safety, and the use of computers, opportunities in education, but all presented with a light touch, encouraging input from course participants.

The courses are generally held in Aberdeen, but arrangements are flexible and could be conducted in any part of Aberdeenshire should the demand be there.

For further information contact Mrs Stapel on 01224 821029 or at