Working together to enable older people back into employment
The Anchor Society has partnered with Business in the Community to support unemployed or economically inactive over 55 year olds through BITC’s established Ready for Work programme. Each year there are five programmes to support this client group into work or positive or non-employment outcomes such as training or volunteering, last year the project helped 33 people, with over a third securing employment. For those not finding work, BiTC continues to support them for a further 6 months. Employment not only provides a much needed income for older people, it helps in reducing loneliness and isolation. As the pensionable age increases more people will need to remain in employment in older age. To the right is Steve who is seen with a penguin he was painting during his placement at Bristol Zoo.