Opportunities for 50 plus

Adult Community Learning

Camden’s Adult Community Learning team provide courses for Camden residents aged 19 and older, and some courses are only available to residents aged 50 plus.

You can learn something new for work, for everyday life or just for fun. A number of the 50 plus-only courses are delivered by Westminster Kingsway College and Age UK. These classes often concentrate on IT and health and wellbeing.

Our classes are informal. You will learn at your own pace, supported by tutors experienced in teaching adult learners.

You can find the course list in our Adult Community Learning section. To find out more, email adultlearning@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7974 2148.

Volunteering opportunities

There are many opportunities for residents aged 50 plus that want to help out in the community. Every month Volunteer Centre Camden holds a fair to match people who want to help out with Camden organisations who need their support.

There are over 200 different things that you can bring your experience, skills and local knowledge to. Recent examples include including helping to deliver services, providing back office support or even getting involved in running a community organisation. There is something for everyone.

Find out more at volunteercentrecamden.org.uk

Got questions? Call on 020 7424 9990 or email info@volunteercentrecamden.org.uk

Advice on how to start a business

Are you over 50 and currently not working? Do you want to set up your own business? Whether you are considering self-employment, need some business start-up guidance or just want to network with other business owners, there is a range of support to get you started on your new venture.

The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (Prime) offer courses to prepare you to run your own business and provide support at all stages of self-employment. The leaflet below provides further information.

You can find out more about the courses available by emailing info@prime.org.uk or calling 0845 862 2023 or 020 3137 8525.

Do you feel like making something?

Camden Town Shed offers a workspace where older people can work on practical projects together. The space is equipped with tools and materials donated by the public or local businesses.

The shed is run by the members who decide when they come and what they do. People learn from each other and contribute voluntarily to the club’s future. It is free to attend the club.

To find out more email mike@camdentownshed.org

Trading Times

Many residents aged 50 and over have skills and experience that local employers need. Trading Times enables local residents aged 50 plus to sign up to advertise their skills and experience to employers. Employers registered with Trading Times then receive details of prospective employees that have the skills and availability they require.

Whether you are an employee or employer, to register or find out more visit Trading Times

The service is also useful for local businesses and connects them with experienced, skilled local residents. The service helps employers access a largely untapped pool of talent and find flexible and skilled candidates.

The Trading Times website provides more information and a range of case studies and outlines benefits for employers

Anyone interested in the service can also email Trading Times directly via help@tradingtimes.org.uk

Age UK London

Age UK London offer one-to-one support and workshops to help over 50s overcome any barriers they face and find employment.

Tailored support with CV writing, job applications and interview preparation is available. Age UK London also provide advice around starting your own business.

To find out more about projects and services, visit Age UK London or call  020 7820 6770.

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