Lifelong leadership learning in Cumbria

Sense of Purpose


Working with stakeholders we have developed an integrated programme which will improve the quality of life for the retired and retiring, enable local employers and voluntary organisations to benefit from the labour and skills of retired people and boost the local economy. This integrated programme, called Sense of Purpose, includes:

  • Workshops that support retirees in their transition to retirement, helping them to discover or rediscover their ‘sense of purpose’. The workshops also include tailored advice and support from  local providers such as independent financial advice, volunteering, social prescribers
  • A matching service to link retiring and retired people to relevant services and opportunities, for example voluntary work or part time employment, community interest groups or financial advice
  • Employer consultation to advise on responsible ‘offboarding’, to reduce the risk of knowledge and skills being lost from the business and consider recruiting retirees

Benefits for retirees

  • Improved sense of purpose, a plan for retirement
  • improved physical and mental wellbeing
  • Improved access to recruitment support & advice
  • Increased confidence regarding the changes retirement will bring

Benefits for employers

  • Improved off-boarding process which minimizes the risk associated by knowledge & skills lost due to retirement
  • A proactive solution to skills and labor supply shortages
  • Increased engagement with their local communities
  • Improved retention and recruitment

Benefits for the County

  • The retired population will remain economically active for longer
  • Reduced skills and labour supply issues
  • Reduced reliance on health services
  • Increased participation in volunteering and other community services
  • Improved multi-generational support
  • Improved physical and mental wellbeing

Who funds ‘Sense of purpose’

We have recently secured funding to enable us to run the Sense or Purpose programme the Council area. this is thanks to Allerdale GDF Community Partnership and Cumbria Community Foundation through Cumberland Council’s UKSPF Levelling Up Fund.

To sustain and expand the reach of this valuable programme, we are actively seeking additional support from employers and our stakeholders. We invite interested entities to consider contributing to its funding. For enquiries and to discuss potential partnerships, please reach out to Catherine Eve at


The Sense of Purpose Workshop was an engaging and useful day that helped me assess what I really wanted out of retirement. The supportive environment and inspiring facilitators made the programme highly worthwhile – I would wholeheartedly recommend attending if you are approaching the end of your career and want…read more
Anthony Steven
It felt a very safe space to share challenges and talk honestly about some universal thoughts and feelings, good and not so good. Catherine was excellent. She gave people time to speak and reflect. She delivered the content clearly and she has a lovely warm manner which makes her very…read more
Jan Fotheringham
I am more aware now that I may want to volunteer in another field in the near future and it may not be anything similar. I really like the idea of mentoring younger people as it’s a group I haven’t worked with much. As a counsellor for 30 years I…read more
Jan Fotheringham

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Lifelong Leadership Learning in Cumbria