Saturday 16 December 2017

Retirees 'a vital asset' to society

Shane Hickey

RETIRED people who want to volunteer for the public good represent an "enormous potential asset", it has been claimed.

The government has been called upon to capitalise on people's skills and how they can be used for the benefit of the community.

A group that focuses on how people deal with their retirement wants the thousands of people who are retired and prepared to volunteer to be recognised.

The Retirement Planning Council of Ireland said retirees wanted to target their energies into something that had social benefits.

"Just one example of the potential they represent can be drawn from the capacity of retired teachers to help children with literacy problems. Similarly, retired gardai could help in relation to school truancy," chief executive John Higgins said.

At present, there was no honour or recognition for people who made contributions to society and the onus was now on the state to do so, the council said.

A new social model will be proposed at the Retirement Ireland 2020 conference on October 6.

Irish Independent

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