Social Entrepreneurship Has No Age Limit

Around the world, we are seeing an increase in the number of people that are reaching the age of retirement every year. In Scotland alone, they expect that over half of the population will be 60 or older by 2035. According to Guardian.co.uk, an organization is hoping to help the older generation find new life as social entrepreneurs.

Age Unlimited Scotland explores ways to help people in their 50s and 60s to become social entrepreneurs. As such they can play a central role in the design and delivery of innovative new services, which improve their local communities. And they can continue playing an active role in society.

The programme takes a different approach to traditional enterprise support which focuses solely on the idea the would-be social entrepreneur puts forward and often uses off-putting business terminology. Instead, we develop the idea and the individual simultaneously through group workshops which offer personal development training as well as practical advice about how to make their idea a reality.

We give participants practical skills to challenge and improve the quality of their venture idea, to help make it feasible and sustainable. Through peer sessions with like-minded individuals the programme raises confidence and builds ambition levels, which in turn drives the idea forward.

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