Active ageing is a topic of growing interest for many countries around the world seeking to improve on the physical and emotional wellbeing of their older people. In a general sense, active ageing promotes quality of life for people as they age, valuing them as a precious resource for their communities and economies. The research has shown that older people feel happiest when they are engaged in meaningful undertakings such as self-directed volunteer work; not passively participating, but rather actively leading volunteering.
As our communities and lifestyles have changed over the years, so has the profile of an average retiree. With the advent of social media and smart phones, our ageing communities are more connected than ever before with a plethora of relevant and valuable skills and knowledge. The challenge presents itself when attempting to harness this resource in a useful and rewarding way so that our communities can enjoy the immeasurable benefits that such skills and knowledge provide.
Sparetime was conceptualised as an Active Ageing initiative which connects skilled people to community organisations requiring spare hands. Sparetime uses its industry expertise and human-centred design to provide meaningful volunteering opportunities for older people while simultaneously providing organisations with tailored solutions to their short-term and skilled volunteer workforce gaps. Sparetime is a highly collaborative, empathic and customer-focused service which is transforming the landscape in our communities for older people.
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