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Recently retired but not ready to stop work altogether? Here’s how you can keep busy supporting people in your community

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Last week we marked International Day of Older Persons, with the UN day of recognition calling for greater equality and recognition for the contribution made by older citizens. Many older Australians and recent retirees are keen to continue to make a contribution to society. Online platform Mable is providing an avenue for them to do it.

According to the Australian Human Rights Commission, the baby boomer generation is one that wants to give back, with rates of volunteering continuing to rise compared to previous generations. In fact, Australians aged 65 years and over contribute almost $39 billion each year in unpaid caring and voluntary work. If the unpaid contribution of those aged 55 to 64 years is included, that figure rises to $74.5 billion. Despite this massive contribution, one in five Australians aged 55 years or over claim that age is a major barrier to finding a job or getting more hours of paid work.

Work that works for you

As reported here by the ABC, many older Australians who have retired from their main professions are seeking opportunities to work to remain stimulated. But they don’t necessarily want to return to the nine to five, with many seeking flexibility and work that doesn’t come with the same type of pressures they may have experienced throughout their career. Staying connected to people and purpose is a key way to maintain independence as you age. For many, work is a fulfilling way to ensure this.  
Here at Mable, our community of independent support workers come from all walks of life. They’re experienced aged care and disability support workers, nurses, students, parents, professionals on a career break and retirees looking for an opportunity to contribute to their communities and earn some extra money.

Older Australians play a crucial role in community support

Mable is a platform where people seeking aged care and disability support can connect directly with independent support workers in their community who are looking to provide it. They can search for workers based on the things that are important to them; that might be a specific set of skills and experience, or it could be the interests and personality of their support worker. Often, people seeking support are looking for someone like-minded that they can get along with. For many clients who are ageing, that often means someone more mature.

You also don’t need to have specific experience or qualifications to offer social and domestic support to someone in your community. Social support could be anything from spending time with a client in their own home to supporting them as they attend social events, pursue their fitness goals or see the latest art exhibition at their local gallery. Domestic support could mean helping with meal preparation, house cleaning or even assisting with personal admin and family duties. All support workers are subject to an onboarding process and require a police check and, if relevant, a working with children check. But often, it’s empathy, life experience and a sense of humour that clients are on the lookout for. As Mable co-founder Peter Scutt says, “Anyone who loves life can provide support.”

If you’re interested in earning some extra money while making a difference in someone’s life, sign up for free and start creating your profile today.

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