Retirement Transition Initiative begins its Wigan pilot


A retirement planning course was held in Wigan this weekend as the latest Shaftesbury Partnership venture, Retirement Transition Initiative (RTI), continues its development. The RTI pilot, funded by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Jaguar Land Rover, will build on our previous research, focus groups and a prototype (pre-pilot) to provide vital learning to help us in designing a wider, nationwide rollout of the programme.

RTI equips people who have recently retired or are about to retire with the information, networks, resilience, and opportunities they need in order to continue purposeful activity post-retirement. It aims to improve the economic outcomes, health and wellbeing of both the individual and their community.

This weekend we reached the halfway point of the pilot. We are piloting RTI with 6 cohorts in 3 locations, and this weekend saw the programme being delivered to the 2nd and 3rd cohorts.

Our pilot in Wigan is being delivered by Campaign For Learning, with the first cohort attending this weekend and the second cohort attending in July. Recruitment went very well and there was full attendance, with participants coming from a wide range of employers, such as Jaguar Land Rover, Sainsbury’s and Wigan Council. Among the positive feedback received was the comment that the residential format and the attendance of spouses helped participants get the most of the weekend.

RTI is also being piloted in Coventry and Southampton, and to encourage cross-pollination of ideas, delivery partners have observed the programme in other locations. Enactus, our Southampton delivery partner, attended the Wigan weekend to help prepare for delivery of the pilot in Southampton in May.

Contact us at to find out more about RTI and how you or your organisation could support us in developing this exciting initiative.

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