Transitions in Later Life: Stories

Hear from people approaching later life about their experiences of preparing emotionally for the adventures ahead in these podcasts and short films


Hear from Nora, an NHS nurse who took part in one of the workshops we supported. 

Hear from Linda, an NHS employee who took part in one of the workshops we supported.

Hear from Jane and Steve, who took part in one of the short courses we supported.

Hear about the AGEWISE tools for transition project from Worker’s Education Association Scotland.


Scroll down to find seven short audio stories from each of our Transitions in Later Life projects. You will hear from the project lead and a participant to understand what emotional issues were being addressed and why. 

You can listen to these podcasts in any order. 


Manchester Mind – Manchester

Manchester Mind ran a programme for older people focused on building resilience, using techniques like relaxation. It helps participants overcome negative thoughts about the different life transitions they are facing, such as retiring and dealing with long-term conditions.

Workers’ Educational Association – Highlands 

The Best Is Yet To Come, run by the Highlands branch of the WEA, works with people in rural locations to think about their next phase of life from work to retirement. 

Age and Opportunity – Ireland 

Changing Gears is a programme run by Irish organisation Age and Opportunity. Its aim is to make the period for those aged 50 plus into one of the most satisfying in people’s lives.

Positive Ageing and Resilience Training – Bristol 

Drawing on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), positive psychology and mindfulness this course has a focus on building resilience, a crucial skill for handling transitions. 

Envisage – Southampton 

This programme seeks to equip participants with the information, networks and opportunities to enter retirement with confidence. 

Beth Johnson Foundation – Stoke 

Local volunteers played an active part in co-designing this project, which supported people in the community to think more positively about their retirement.

Centre for Policy on Ageing – Thanet/Leeds 

Centre for Policy on Ageing use storytelling in its programme, to help participants reflect on their lives and their wishes moving into retirement.

These podcasts were created by journalist Angela Hind at Pier Productions. 

Updated on 30 april 2020

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