Hearing the Voices of People Over 50

Disappearing at 50 When I was Manager of the Commission on Older Women, organised and chaired by Labour’s Harriet Harman, one of the key messages that came home to us was that people in their 50s, in this case women, disappear. We held many listening events to hear the voices of older women. They told us again and again that they were not seen in the media, their voices were not heard, and their opinions not sought. Once you had reached 50, especially as a woman, you were no longer of importance in, or to, society. Seeing and hearing the...

New Middle Age Voices – a voice for the 50 to retirement generation

Are you over 50 but not yet retired, still involved in the world of work? You might be one of over 10 million over 50s currently in a job. Or you might be one of the 3 million over 50s outside the workforce but don’t think you are retired, perhaps actively wanting to return to work. Do you think your opinions and thoughts about what is important are getting through to the people that matter? New Middle Age thinks the answer is no and that needs to change. We need to find a voice. So here is New Middle Age...

Over 50s at work are #OlderNotOver!

#OlderNotOver is a new campaign launched here to re-imagine the 50 to retirement generation as a valuable resource in the workplace. Over 50s at work are #OlderNotOver! The #OlderNotOver challenge The challenge is three-fold: We need to recognise the value and potential of over 50s already in the workplace. We need to find the over 50s currently outside the workplace who want to return, re-connect them with employers and training, and relaunch their careers. We need to ensure work for over 50s is sustainable, with continuing opportunities to progress and support that suits them. What’s the problem? ‘Old dogs’ and...