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What is everyone doing now that they've retired?

Discussion in 'Retirement' started by hinna1, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. hinna1

    hinna1 New commenter

    Has anyone thought about volunteering with children outside the school environment since retiring?
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  2. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    I would have thought most teachers would have had enough of dealing with children/teenagers by the time they are retired!
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  3. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    I couldn't get taken on as a volunteer reading helper when I first retired. I went into two schools and told them 'd been a primary deputy and I think they thought I'd stick my nose in a bit too deep. I just thought it'd be a bit of fun and would have been happy to help walk groups up to swimming etc. Their loss, some people can be really paranoid.oh and I didn't go in all high and mighty, I just dropped in that I had been senior staff so they didn't find out later.
  4. lynneseptember

    lynneseptember Senior commenter

    I have no intention of going into school volunteering. I’ve done with all of that, though I have wondered if the local library might want someone to read to the little ones, but I imagine they already have that organised.
    I busy myself with all the things I enjoy - meeting friends, reading, gardening, baking, going for walks, bird watching, some tv as and when anything catches my interest, holidays in term time, WI and other groups, plus all the things connected with organising the house. I wonder, sometimes how I fitted work in!
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  5. eljefeb90

    eljefeb90 Senior commenter

    I may be an old cynic, but for 30 odd years I did things for the students, I went the extra mile and contributed to the extra curricular life of the school. Sorry, now is 'me time'.
  6. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    No. Not in any way, shape or form! I never want to set foot inside a classroom or be involved with children again. I retired last year and I have loved every day without the stress, marking and all the other old b *llocks that teaching now involves. I thought I'd miss the students, I don't. Days without the teenage angst, rudeness, impudence, the lack of listening and those surging hormones are absolute bliss.
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  7. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    It takes some people a little while to decompress. I did CAB volunteering for a year or so in the end.
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  8. hinna1

    hinna1 New commenter

    What is 'CAB volunteering' and did you enjoy it?
  9. Dodros

    Dodros Star commenter

    CAB = Citizens Advice Bureau.
  10. Dodros

    Dodros Star commenter

    I do voluntary work one day a week processing computer records in the special educational needs department of the secondary school where I taught full-time before retirement. In the early years of retirement I did a little paid 1:1 and small-group teaching there, but stopped doing so, as many retired teachers do, when trying to square the financial arrangements with Teachers' Pensions just wasn't worth the anxiety. After more than a decade, the voluntary work I do in the departmental office still enables me as a singleton to continue networking with colleagues I now regard as friends and also to stay informed about the world of education.
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  11. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    @hinna1 As Dodros pointed out CAB is Citizens Advice. They have trained a qualified and salaried experts giving advice on housing and finance but also use volunteers on help desks taking information from the folk who come in and making them an appointment with a specialist or pointing them to other sources of help. There is a well organised training programme and then lots of support once they let you loose on the public.
    I went to an office in a tough area of Manchester and did one day a week with the most wonderful group of people. I learnt a lot, and felt well prepared for sorting out benefits claims for my parents when they needed them, and just feel better informed about the way the world worked , particularly for people on the rough edge of the community. I had always worked in poorish areas but hadn't seen these degrees of deprivation. In the end, drugged up clients being abusive - not to me but close by, did for me. We were moving away soon anyway so I left. I do recommend it though.
    I think it is common to want some sort of transition activity. Now I do a bit of charity shop work and also committee work for my choir and that's more than enough some days.
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  12. f.gilbert1

    f.gilbert1 New commenter

    I volunteer for the Young Lives Foundation in Kent, mentoring young people. It's really rewarding and a great way to build up new networks of friends. They're in desperate need of more mentors so if you live in Kent, take a look at their website,
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  13. firstpoet

    firstpoet New commenter

    Children live abroad in lovely countries. Rent out house and live there some of the year. Gym. Work for local wildlife trust. Have ‘do what the hell I want to’ days. Visit scattered family in U.K.- nephews and nieces etc. Bookworm anyway. Partner was in Education too, so we like not being passing ships in the day.
  14. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    I'm fast approaching the end of my first year of retirement (end June 2019). I have viewed the year as a 'see how it goes' experience, not rushing into things, enjoying plenty of downtime (but not too much) and letting things evolve. I've also read 2 really good practical books on retirement - 'The New Retirementality' and 'Not Fade Away'. Both are really good reads and offer lots of practical advice and ideas in a non-patronising way.

    So, in summary, this is where I am at:

    1) Doing part time cover work as a swim teacher with a local swim academy on a zero hours contract. Also doing some holiday swim camps. I plan to finish this in the Summer as I am no longer enjoying teaching.

    2) Doing exam invigilation at a local Secondary School and also at the University. Both zero hours contracts and potentially offering up to 16 weeks work. I am enjoying this as I get to mix with pupils/students without the stresses that teaching brings. I also get to mix with other adults. One massive bonus of this is that I can pay voluntary Class 2 NI and keep this up/add to my years. There is no minimum hours/salary requirement to pay the NI

    3) Working voluntarily with a local Housing Trust on a residents review/scrutiny panel. One evening a month plus a couple of day meeting per year. Keeps my brain cogitating and means I get to socialise with a number of people from different walks of life.

    4) Lots of walking, reading, gardening. Very little TV or internet use.

    5) Travelling (done 2 overseas trips, with another planned in September and again in January). Lots of UK travelling too.

    I would advise the following:

    1) Thinking a little about the kind of things you would potentially like to do with your time in retirement, prior to finishing. Talk through it with someone else.
    2) Zero hours contract work as it gives you the flexibility to say 'no' if you are busy - or simply don't want to do it.
    3) Giving some structure to your week and not just 'going with the flow' too much.
    4) Don't feel that you have to fit in with other people's idea of what retirement should be
    5) Don't be afraid of changing your pans if they aren't working for you (like the swimteaching isn't working for me)
    6) Be careful that you don't become a couch potato
    7) Read both of the books I have listed above

    Now I am coming towards the end of my first year, I feel a lot more settled, I am really enjoying my time - in particular the simple things. It is an 'organic' developmental experience which I am sure will continue to change as times go on.
  15. Dodros

    Dodros Star commenter

    I agree. For a male singleton like myself, I've realised how important it has been over my ten years of retirement so far to consider what I am retiring to, not just what I have retired from. There are too many stereotypes in the media about retired people spending all their time world cruising, golfing, gardening, crown green bowling and the like, while older actors only appear in irritating TV ads pushing funeral planning to avoid "burdening" families while wasting their time adding to an otherwise unreported parsnip glut in the country. Retirement should be a phase in life when it's possible to pursue interests that have been put on the "back burner" during full-time teaching when pressure of work restricts leisure and social life. After living a life "summoned by bells", it's far too easy to end up sitting at home looking at the four walls or watching TV all day long because those bells summoning us have fallen silent.
  16. eljefeb90

    eljefeb90 Senior commenter

    @stopwatch . Thanks for sharing that. I agree wholeheartedly with all you say, especially the zero hours work. It really gives you a sense of control as well as a structure for your year. The work is not stressful and stops me dipping into my savings while awaiting the state pension. So you get the social and financial benefits of work without the commitment. Zero hours work is dreadful for those who need , and deserve, a secure, regular income and employment rights, but is perfect for younger retirees.
  17. binaryhex

    binaryhex Lead commenter

    Life is for living, plus a bunch of other cliches I could but won't roll out. Since December, I've been to Egypt, Poland, Slovakia (briefly), Israel and Thailand, seen world class ballet and opera, hiked and skied for weeks in mountains, walked in the footsteps of The Life of Brian and chilled on great beaches whilst attending a cooking school. Next week, another Camino in Spain will start, the sixth in five years, from Alicante in the south to Santiago in the north west, and then the coast, about 1200kms and seven weeks of walking in all. I wanted to go to Sri Lanka and Pakistan but put them on hold for a while after the bombs. After coming back from Thailand a few weeks ago and catching up with friends, it's sad to see them to be honest, and boring after an hour, how life is wasted, watching ***** tv, moaning about the same things, never doing anything that is new, worrying, exciting and invigorating anymore. And a neighbour a few doors down from me and only a few years older died suddenly while I was away. Very sad and a reminder of how quickly things can change.

    Don't waste the days. Each one is important. One day, all you'll be able to do is watch tv and be wheeled to the toilet, for the seventh time that day .....
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  18. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    I guess it depends what your definition of ‘life’ is. You seem to have done an amazing amount of travel and are living your life to the full.

    Although I enjoy travel, I couldn’t do as much as you because I love home too much (after spending the last 17 years away from the UK).

    It goes back to assessing what is important to you and planning your life around it.

    Your point emphasising that things should be done now, before mobility and health becoming limiting factors, is extremely valid.

    The key thing is to avoid sedentary, isolated living - you might as well curl up and die!!
  19. Guest

    Guest Guest

    As I have said before Binaryhex all sounds great if that's your preferred lifestyle. However there are many people who do not have the resources necessary to undertake such trips.
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  20. lynneseptember

    lynneseptember Senior commenter

    It's wonderful that you are able to do all that travelling binaryhex. However, as paulstjohn says, not everyone will be financially able to have so many trips to these far away places. It's a bit unkind to knock other people's choices, too. Staying home, reading, watching tv, etc, may not suit you and other people might be "boring" in your eyes for doing so, but it's their choice to do these things, and not for you or I to judge them. They may not be the choices we would choose, but so be it.
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