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Do you want to discover more about yourself and your capacity to meet different challenges? Take stock of your skills and experiences and plan your next steps in life?

What is Changing Gears?

Changing Gears is a course that supports people in dealing with transitions or significant life-challenges in mid to later life. It focuses on how we can build resilience, take stock, make changes, and bounce forward in life.

How does it work?

Changing Gears in-person delivery comprises two-hour sessions delivered weekly over five weeks; our online delivery comprises two-hour sessions delivered over four weeks.

Changing Gears offers participants time to:
• Develop skills and techniques to build resilience and confidence in managing life-changes or transitions.
• Reframe transitions in their lives as opportunities with positive options, challenging negative stereotypes about ageing.

The programme invites participants to reflect on challenges they have experienced in the past and life-lessons they have learned. In this way strategies for building resilience and managing change draw on personal experience to lay the foundations for a more positive and fulfilling future.

Session 1 & 2: Life Transitions (Up to Now)
Session 3 & 4: Building Resilience (Here and Now)
Session 5: Mapping the future (Where to from Here)

“I found Changing Gears very useful. It was very useful to look back at what has served me well and to make a plan, as far as is possible, for the next part of my life.”

Kathleen Jordan, Dublin. Changing Gears participant, online, February 2023

 

“The course content from beginning to end was very relevant. The different aspects of the course were so gently put. We came away totally satisfied at  having participated and we gained so much information on what’s out there for us both nationally and locally.

Kay Murphy, Ennis, Co Clare. Changing Gears participant, in-person, March 2023

How can I get involved?

We run Changing Gears courses nationwide. If you are interested, please enquire with us as to whether there is a course taking place near you. We also deliver it to groups. So if your organisation/group is interested, please contact us.

The course can be adapted for participants with intellectual disability (ID).

We currently have courses in Longford, Sligo and online.

Contact

For information contact Fiona in our Engage Team via e-mail engage@ageandopportunity.ie 
 01 913 3922
engage@ageandopportunity.ie

Engage Initiatives:

Changing Gears

A five week course for people in mid-career or anticipating retirement.  Changing Gears is about building resilience, taking stock, making changes, bouncing back and moving on in life. Find out more here.

AgeWise Workshops

Professionally facilitated workshops that raise awareness of positive ageing. Suitable for older persons’ groups; community, parish or library groups; and organisations and employers. Find out more here.

Ageing with Confidence

A five week course of two-hour sessions run weekly. Ageing with Confidence is for older people in local communities who wish to increase confidence, encourage reflection and share experiences. Find out more here.

Get Engaged

A training course for people aged 50+ that is designed to help make a difference within local organisations. It includes skills training on lobbying, research and working with the media and consists of two-hour sessions run weekly over four to six weeks. Find out more here.

Azure

Azure explores how people with dementia-related conditions and the people who care for them can have a deeper involvement in cultural institutions and can participate in cultural activities. Find out more here.

Spirituality

Our five week, online Spirituality course invites participants to explore spirituality from the perspective of their life experience using art, music, poetry and story. Find out more here.

Bespoke Training

Bespoke training, advice and mentoring in the areas of arts, physical activity, active citizenship and lifelong learning.  We can adapt and tailor one or more of our existing initiatives to suit your group or organisation’s needs. Find out more here.

Creative Exchanges

A training course for participants to plan and facilitate arts activities for older people in care settings. Find out more here.

Engage Initiatives:

Changing Gears

A five week course for people in mid-career or anticipating retirement.  Changing Gears is about building resilience, taking stock, making changes, bouncing back and moving on in life. Find out more here.

AgeWise Workshops

Professionally facilitated workshops for employers and staff who are providing services to older people.  These workshops are designed to create awareness of attitudes to ageing and older people. Find out more here.

Aging With Confidence

A six week course (over six half-days) for older people in local communities that is designed to increase confidence, encourage reflection and share experiences. Find out more here.

Get Engaged

An eight week (over eight half-days) training course for  people aged 50+ that is designed to help make a difference within local organisations including skills on lobbying, research and working with the media. Find out more here.

Azure

Azure explores how people with dementia-related conditions and the people who care for them can have a deeper involvement in cultural institutions and can participate in cultural activities. Find out more here.

Spirituality

Our five week, online Spirituality course invites participants to explore spirituality from the perspective of their life experience using art, music, poetry and story. Find out more here.

Bespoke Training

Bespoke training, advice and mentoring in the areas of arts, physical activity, active citizenship and lifelong learning.  We can tailor a programme to your or your organisation’s needs. Find out more here.

Creative Exchanges

A training course for participants to plan and facilitate arts activities for older people in care settings. Find out more here.

People with intellectual disability Physical Activity Leaders

Enabling people with intellectual disability (ID) to become physical activity leaders. Find out more here.

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
  • a sense of self control
  • social connection
  • reduced depression and anxiety
  • reduced stress levels
  • improved cognition
  • a sense of identity and personhood
  • increased self-esteem and confidence

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