Pauline – Age 67

"I come here every Friday, I help at the foodbank and I am a carer for my disabled daughter. I like helping people and I will do anything for anyone. They moan at me here though because I keep winning the raffle!"I come here every Friday. I also go down the food bank...

Jean and Ken – Ages 84 and 83

"When I married my first husband they told me to get changed and put red lipstick on so I’d look appealing when he got home. I thought ‘bugger off!’ I am glad things have changed." My age is 84 years old. I have been married three times. I would like to point out I...

Peter – Age 78

"I have been volunteering for 25 years now, and I enjoy mixing company with doing something useful. My two grandsons have also been involved in the group. It is good for the generations to work together. You get a lot more out of life if you put something back...

Pam – Age 70

"To anybody about to retire, I’d say ‘look around you and read all the information’. There’s so much going on and to really enjoy the community you need to get involved. I love being around people, talking in the street or on the bus. You can’t not love Brighton!"I...

Nancy – Age 61

"Often the world is portrayed as some big monster waiting to swallow you up or grab you, but I say explore. Keep the iPhone at home - we need to get back to chatting face to face, to have real conversations."I came to Brighton when I was 17. I loved Brighton and it is...

Raminda – Age 58

"I miss having my family around me but I’m happy here, and with travel being so easy the world is getting smaller. The most important thing is to be happy, be genuine in what you do, and help people – I put that as part of my agenda in life!"I was born in Brighton but...

Rose – Age 66

"The best part of my playing badminton is the interaction with other people. If I could give any words of wisdom I would say to be conscientious, polite and courteous to other people. Take every opportunity and don’t be scared, just go for it."I’ve got four...

Robert – Age 84

"I come over here because it’s always nice to have people around who still know you. One thing I notice these days is young people driving too fast and I think it’s wrong. Then I realise if I’d had a car at that age I’d have done the same!"I'm always swearing, at...

Barbara – Age 68

"Once I packed up work I wasn’t getting any outside conversationso I was going stir crazy. I couldn’t sit indoors and do nothing so I came here to volunteer, it gets me out and if we can produce a smile on someone’s face I know we have won."We moved here in 1976 and...

Pauline – Age 66

"This has been my second home for 41 years. One of the things I love about it is that no matter what your age everyone is included, even if it’s for a night out on the town. It’s like a family here."I’ve worked here 41 years. I like meeting people, I’m very much a...

Geoffrey – Age 68

"I used to work at the University of Sussex and now I do this and guided walks. It’s glorious to do something for the community and it’s enjoyable. I have a property in Wales and I am known there as the ‘Englishman who picks up the litter’."I worked at the University...

Sue – Age 64

"I wouldn’t like to be young now. I feel wiser with age, I wish I was this wise when I was 20. When you get older you gain different strengths and views; your views change. I feel calmer now, and like I can say more and get away with it!"I’ve been working here 9...

Christine – Age 71

"I was a dietician for 44 years, when I started out the only place you could get wholemeal bread was a health food shop! Being retired sometimes seems harder work than working. I care for three generations of my family, cook for a lunch club and I’m a Rambler."I was a...

Maud – Age 90

"I started nursing in 1947 before the NHS existed, it was very strict, you couldn’t be married but you could travel and get a job. I came to Brighton for six weeks and I’m still here. When I first retired, I worked in cancer prevention for women. I still miss...

Roy – Age 72

"It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you’ve got a purpose for getting up in the morning. If you don’t get a particular job you’re keen on, then go for something else. My advice is, keep on trying. There’s no magic answer, just perseverance."I have been retired...

Liz – Age 69

"I always say believe in yourself, value who you are, be kind and be generous. I worked in education which was educating for me too. I love the freedom of being retired, I went on a train across Canada on my own for 4 days and loved it."I’ve been retired for 9 years....

Christine – Age 65

"I don’t worry so much about what people think of me now but I did when I was younger. I think it’s important to choose a career that you’ll enjoy. My job as a secretary at the House of Lords let me stand in for the Queen for a sound check which was great fun."I’ve...

Helen – Age 63

"I used to think I could go on forever, then I reached 59 and started to feel my age, I fight against it though! I think being in work helps you feel younger than if you retire. My favourite part is helping the public with any enquiry when they walk through the...

Lesley – Age 72

"My way of relaxing is doing something. I actually went to Cuba for the first time last year, I’ve been interested in the socialist project since my university years. Quite honestly, people ask me how old I am and I have to stop and think"I’ve always been active, I’ve...

St John – Age 81

"When I am teaching drawing I ask my class to take a step back and reconsider what they have drawn. Look at the good and the bad, then with an optimistic mind, make a bold move and see what boundaries can be pushed. I have found this principle works in all other...

Nicola – Age 53

"What I love about Brighton is that anything goes. Don’t put yourself in a box, just go out and grab what you can, however you can and enjoy it. Ignore the gadgets and go for walks, enjoy what’s around you and take time for people. What you give out, you get back."I’m...

Cynthia – Age 70

"I’ve got grey hair but I haven’t lost my brain cells. For my 70th I played rounders, hosted people on my houseboat and did a wing walk on a 1920s bi-plane - I think everyone else was more nervous than I was!"I’m Cynth and I’ve just had my 70th birthday. Only...

Takako – Age 52

"My most memorable experience in Japan was standing on top of Mount Fuji. Even on an aeroplane, you’re not physically standing above the clouds. It gave me a sense of perspective - the world is small so don’t fret about the small things."I’m living in England,...

Warren – Age 51

"My politics are, if something’s not working for you, you get off your arse and you work with people to make it happen. That doesn’t mean it’s easy, we set this up from scratch, but we know we can make a big difference to the community and that’s rewarding." Lorem...

Pat – Age 59

"A lot of people say you should respect your elders, but I think you should respect young people too. You have a bit more experience, but they have the energy. Being connected to nature is really important - I get grounded. I don’t wish I’d gone and made millions, not...

Jack – Age 70

"I love Brighton, it’s the most easy, laid-back, cosmopolitan town in England. My next adventure is getting up tomorrow. I say every day above ground is a good day."I had a woman from Iceland in - her family specialises in repairing roofs, but it’s impossible to buy...

Sheila – Age 72

"When I retired from nursing I started doing the Healthwalks because I think it is really important for people to go out, exercise and meet others. Some great advice I was given was this: If you want to be a nice older person, be a nice young person."I’m a member of...

Maznah – Age 70

"I am from Malaysia and came here 40 years ago. I love meeting people and hearing their life stories. My advice is that whatever you do, no matter how menial it is, put your heart into it and take pride in your work."I was born in Malaysia and I met my husband when he...

Judy – Age 61

"I love the vibrancy and buzz in Brighton; it’s all-inclusive which is a really good thing. I joined the food bank because when I retired I wanted to volunteer somewhere, I do all the packing of the bags and I love it." Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur...

Jackie – Age 56

"The young often think older people do not have as much energy, but I have more now than ever. I like it that I feel more confident and experienced. I love being able to express my creativity and ideas whilst working at the Theatre Royal and by volunteering in the...

Jill – Age 61

"I think what keeps me young is being in Brighton! Going into town and seeing all the young people brings such a high level of energy. It keeps you bouncy. It is not easy getting older but my advice is just keep moving, don’t sit down."I’ve been volunteering for about...

Pauline & Maurine – Ages 75

"I worked as a nurse and midwife, specialising in premature births. I also spent a year working in Angola as a voluntary aide." (Pauline) 'I am learning all the time. I have done all sorts of things, the most traumatic being my nursing during the Bosnian War. My...

Henriette – Age 74

"I’ve worked all over the world and was in the first liver transplant team in Paris. I also wrote guidelines for Public Health on teenage pregnancy and for transgender people; I thought if I can help change one life it’s all worth it."I’m French and I trained in Paris...

Alan – Age 69

"I played guitar in a band when I was young but sold it to pay a gas and electric bill when we had our first daughter. It never occurred to me to buy another. Then one Christmas my family bought me a new one and now look how many I’ve got!"I own a printing business. I...

Elvis – Age 53

"I changed my name to Elvis Aaron Presley. I wanted my wife to change hers to Lisa Marie but she but she wouldn’t have any of that! I’m not someone who just wears a uniform and does what I get paid for, I like to be on my toes and really help people."I like to be on...

Ann – Age 82

"I joined different classes and groups when my husband died and it has been a salvation to me. I’m always surprised when people apologise for being elderly, or regard it as a criticism. I always say, any fool can be young, to be old takes a certain amount of...

Sheila – Age 82

"Brighton is fabulous, it’s a 24 hour city and it’s totally cosmopolitan. People live side by side and get on with each other. As far as Brighton’s concerned, it’s my town. When I retired I was really lonely, but then I joined U3A and since then my friendships have...

Julie – Age 51

"Books are obviously still very important but it’s people that count. Everybody is going to get older, the alternative is worse, so you have to embrace it and keep active and keep doing things for as long as you possibly can."I live in Portslade and I’ve lived in...

Val – Age 72

"However many births you see, it’s always wonderful and they’re always beautiful. I think it helps if you can look at the good side of a job and be enthusiastic. My garden is my thing now. It’s such a joy to pick your own fruit and vegetables. We’ve had a lot of...

Frances – Age 82

"Since I retired I’ve been to Machu Picchu and to Alaska where I saw the bear sanctuary, both were very memorable. Spare time? I say you don’t stop doing things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing things."I’m 82, I started my nursing training in...

Felicity – Age 80

"Since retiring I like being able to make my own time table. I went back to Uzbekistan to see it properly, because when I was nursing there I was far too busy. When starting out in life, I would say that your social skills are as important as your training and...

Norma – Age 83

"Brighton is such a lively place to live, always changing and so much going on, its wonderful. My advice is when you are young don’t think too much, just get on and enjoy what you are offered. Don’t take offence easily or dwell too much on a single episode in your...

Bren – Age 67

"This year it was great that the British Legion took part in Pride because it is now legal for LGBT people to be in the Forces. I love Brighton. Every day you see something that would be strange if it was in another place, but we say, ‘That’s just Brighton!’"I work as...

Jon – Age 73

"You have got to follow your creative talents wherever they may take you. Since retiring I have had time to travel and meet new people. A highlight has been working with young people in Nepal, helping them explore their creativity."I was born in London and I went to...

Valerie – Age 63

"I used to fear going out, then my friend persuaded me to try the Friday Friends Lunch. Now I go every week and have become one of the volunteers. I communicate with more people, feel a lot brighter and I don’t have that feeling of dread that I’m not needed anymore."I...

Fiver – Age 54

"I am an emerging artist, but I think because of my age I am underestimated. People just see my wrinkles. Recently when sketching the naked bike ride, I got really caught up in it so I just stripped off and cycled with them. It was brilliant!"I’m an emerging artist...

John – 80

"At 15 the first tools I was given were a 5lb felling axe, a 3ft bow-saw and a bill hook, could you imagine that these days? I’ve always liked the outdoors and I encourage others to volunteer here, you get fresh air in your lungs and enjoy good company. What could be...

Bill – Age 63

"I have worked here for a very long time, I love it when actors return once they are well known and we recognise each other, I feel like I have been on their journey with them. Now I am older and I do not have the same pressures of work and bills I feel a lot calmer...

Kevin – Age 56

"I give speeches to promote The Bevy Pub. I have even been on ‘The One Show’ and Sky. The Bevy has brought the community together. Before I didn’t feel safe like I do now. The younger ones will open the doorfor the older ones and they don’t do that everywhere."I’ve...

Mick – Age 59

"The differences between the generations are often artificial, they are not really there. We’re all human and have similar needs. Older people in Brighton and Hove seem to be younger people, just a bit older. One of my favourite things is to go and to see obscure...

Roger – Age 67

"My fear about growing old was that I would end up watching a lot of daytime TV, and I am determined not to do that. I would simply say, go out and put that first foot through the door. It can be hard but it is an incredibly rewarding experience."I help at the food...

Jean and Barry – Age 76 and 77

"Now we are in our 70s we have the freedom to do what we want and to make the most of this we need to keep active. We have been married for 56 years and have always been good friends. We do a lot of things together including swimming in the sea, badminton and walking....

Sheila – Age 95

"After the war I drove a breakdown truck taking leftover American jeeps to my family’s scrap metal business. Had the war not started I would have continued to be a midwife and so my advice to youngpeople would be to make use of opportunities you get. Decide what you...

Jude – Age 60

"A year into volunteering I’m back on my bike, driving a car, and even working part-time. These new challenges have given me fresh confidence and if anyone had told me a year ago I would be doing all this, I wouldn’t have believed them!"Being in Brighton is like being...

Richard – Age 77

"Volunteering has certainly enriched my retirement. It helped me deal with my wife’s death and helping people has kept me feeling a lot younger. I now wake up each morning looking forward to what that day has in store!"Since I’ve been doing this, I think it’s made me...

Len – Age 101

"I don’t think we can tell younger people everything, some of them know more than we do. My advice for younger people is to take an interest, not just in the latest fads, but in other people and in social affairs. Look around and see where you can help." I went to...

Husnul – Age 50

"Community is so important because we support each other. Without community you can’t do anything. Our group of women get together for food, friendship, and fun, but whatever we do we make sure to have a laugh about it." I find English people really friendly, they are...

Maggie – Age 58

"Working with younger people keeps you young. I think younger people now are more tolerant of older people than when I was growing up. Perhaps older people seemed older than they do now. In Brighton anything goes and everyone is encouraged to take part in everything."...