Changing Gears

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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.

Course Content:

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?

This is a six session online course, usually delivered over six half-days once a week.

If your organisation would like more details, please contact Ciaran McKinney, details below.

Changing Gears Online 

From 23rd November 2020 – 17th December 2020 we are running an adapted version of Changing Gears which aims to help those aged 50 + to manage health challenges.  Further details and how to sign up for this free online course can be found here:   Changing Gears Online

Contact

For information speak to Ciarán McKinney in our Engage team.
 01 805 7709
ciaran.mckinney@ageandopportunity.ie

Engage Initiatives:

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.

Touchstone

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

Ageing with Confidence

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

Creative Exchanges

QQI Level 6 Training Course which trains participants to plan and facilitate arts activities for older people in care settings. Find out more here.

Changing Gears

A six 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.

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/your organisation’s needs. Find out more here.

Azure

Azure explores how people with dementia-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s, 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.

People with intellectual disability Physical Activity Leaders

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

Engage Initiatives:

AgeWise Workshops

An education and peer leadership initiative which trains older people how to lead sport and activity sessions in their local groups and communities. Find out more here.

Touchstone

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

Aging With Confidence

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

Creative Exchanges

QQI Level 6 Training Course which trains participants to plan and facilitate arts activities for older people in care settings. Find out more here.

Changing Gears

A six 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.

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/your organisation’s needs. Find out more here.

Azure

Azure explores how people with dementia-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s, 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.

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
  • 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

Principal Funders:

Link to HSE websiteLink to Sport Ireland websiteLink to Arts Council website

Our Principal Funders:

Link to HSE websiteLink to Sport Ireland websiteLink to Arts Council website