Do you want to find out more about yourself and reflect on your skills and experiences? Take stock of what’s out there for you and plan your next steps? Find out how some people bounce back from tough times – and learn from their experiences.
What is Changing Gears?
Changing Gears is a course supporting people with transitions in later life. Designed for people in mid- career or anticipating retirement – the courses focuses on how we can build resilience -take stock, make changes, bounce back and move on in life
How does it work?
We help participants plan their goals for the next ten years – and give them the opportunity to reflect on life as it is now and how to plan for the future.
Changing Gears aims to support people in achieving transitions in later life as successfully as possible and to prepare for later life. Transitions usually involve a sense of loss for the old and readjustment to the new situation. They work best when they are predictable and approached intentionally and they are more successful when there is an understanding of the personal challenges involved and where there are supports in place to help the individual to cope with the challenges.
Changing Gears facilitates an understanding of this process from the individual’s unique perspective. It is a model for resilience development, which identifies four major sets of influences on our ability to cope with transition.
Session 1 & 2: Life Transitions (Up to Now)
Session 3 & 4: Building Resilience (Here and Now)
Session 5 & 6: Mapping the future (Where to from Here)
How can I get involved?
The course can be delivered as six half days over six weeks or three full days over three weeks and is delivered nationwide. If you would like to find out about our next course in your area contact us.
Please note: The Changing Gears course due to run in March and April was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The decision was made for the safety and welfare of all those who planned to attend. We will continue to follow the public health guidelines in relation to Covid-19 and we are hoping to reschedule the Changing Gears course from 04. September 2020.
Learning, education and engaging with your local community offers a number of benefits including
- happiness and empowerment
- mental wellbeing
- increased self-awareness and expression
- development of new skills and interests
- providing a sense of self control
- social connection
- reduced depression and anxiety
- reduced stress levels
- improved cognition
- sense of identity and personhood
- increased self-esteem and confidence