Facilitator for Pre-Retirement Workshop

  • VO85726
  • Home-based volunteering


Making the decision to retire is one of the most significant life decisions an individual will make. At Age Scotland, we know that the more thoughtful and planned individuals are about preparing themselves mentally, emotionally, and financially, the healthier and happier the experience will be for them.

To help people prepare for taking the step into retirement and later life, Age Scotland has developed a workshop aimed at the 50+ age group. We want to inspire and engage with people through an informative and interactive workshop providing guidance and support on transitioning into later life.

Your role will be to facilitate our pre-retirement workshops with groups of up to 16 participants. To confidently lead a structured group discussion and communicate clearly is essential, along with motivation to successfully prepare individuals to plan purposefully for the transition into later life.

Main tasks include:
• Deliver pre-retirement workshops professionally either in person or online and inspire attendees with positive encouragement of the transition into later life and retirement.
• Facilitate specific sessions using the materials provided, sharing your own personal experiences in retirement to provide guidance and support allowing attendees to feel confident in transitioning into later life.
• Relate to workshop attendees about their personal aspirations and fears for later life and retirement. Share thoughts and ideas and highlight the benefits of acting now.
• Provide feedback to Age Scotland on workshop content and running to assist in improving the experience for attendees.
• Participate in facilitator events such as meetings and training to ensure a continuous high standard of workshop is delivered.

This voluntary role has been designed specifically for an individual who has experienced retirement- an individual who is retired or has done so in the past. This experience allows the facilitator to better empathise with attendees.

Organisation aims and objectives

We work to improve the later lives of everyone on the ageing journey. We celebrate ageing and challenge ageist prejudice throughout society. Our mission is to make Scotland a better place for older people. From a dedicated helpline for older people, to support and funds for older people's groups, to campaigns on the issues that older people tell us matter to them, we're working on many fronts to make Scotland a better place for older people.










Frequency and commitment details

1 workshop per month. Workshops normally last 4 to 5 hours, split over 2 days.


Volunteer must have experienced retirement.
Experience required: • Listening skills & the ability to summarise back to a group. • Communication skills: engaging in style, clear & direct. • People skills: empathetic, warm personality to help people feel comfortable & encourage their active participation. • Ability to use initiative & stay calm under pressure in the event of unforeseen circumstances. • Completion of training provided • Access to laptop/computer for online workshops with a camera, microphone & speakers.
Minimum age: 50


Taster available: Yes
Taster details: Opportunity to attend a Workshop in order to gain an understanding of the role prior to training.
Training details: • Face to Face workshops training is normally held ‘on the job’. You will attend a workshop to observe and then be paired up with an experienced facilitator for your first workshop. • Online training is held via a video conferencing platform, allowing you to learn how to use the platforms functions and be confident in presenting.

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Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.