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New project aims to harness the skills of retired professionals

Are you a retired professional or academic?

Would you like to be able to use your knowledge and experience to continue being part of the social and economic life of the community?

A new project being launched by a retired Lancaster academic and researcher aims to harness the skills of the retired community for the benefit of the current generation of entrepreneurs.

‘Not Dead Yet’ is being organised Harry Gray, owner of Emeritus Connection. The company is devoted to improving the capability of older adults to help them to find fulfilling purpose in life after retirement.

Harry said: “The project is designed as a participative learning experience looking at the best ways of facilitating learning by younger professionals so that they are more creative and capable of managing change and innovation.

“The approach is not one of telling or instruction but of sharing ways of thinking and helping retired professionals to be a source of experience relevant to current modes and values and with contemporary relevance.”

Bay Health Festivals organiser and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust Lead Chaplain Ian Dewar said: “Our festival is all about inspiring and supporting people to have increased self-awareness of and control over their own health and wellbeing.

“Harry’s project fits in perfectly with the ethos of Bay Health Festivals by encouraging people to take charge of their own mental and physical health.

“Staying active is the best thing we can do to look after the health of our minds and our bodies.”

Harry aims to hold the first ‘Not Dead Yet’ meeting in 2023, and is currently seeking expressions of interest from retired professionals.

If you would like to get involved, email

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