Updates to Retired 4 Hire


Hi #NAME#,

we are working hard to make this website work for you… 

Recently we have changed email alerts to include the message and also a “report as spam” button to help stop unwanted email activity… If you believe someone is using the system inappropriately please report them and they will be dealt with… In addition a new limit of 10 initial contact emails has been imposed… We hope this improves your experience…

We have also added social media sharing buttons to the jobs section to help spread the news…

The website will be completely revised next year… so please make any suggestions of things you would like to see improved…


Other News


we are very please to have BP on board… BP are looking for diverse groups to join their workforce… so please keep any eye out for their ads!



Chris, Hagen and Louise



We’re in the Telegraph!


Hi #NAME#,

We’re really excited this week because we’ve had a fantastic article in the Telegraph feature us. Big deal huh?


You may have already seen it if you follow us on Facebook (if not then click HERE to do so), but here it is again for this who haven’t. There’s lots of interesting thoughts in there about how retirement can be a really exciting time for trying new ventures and rediscovering what you love.


We’ve got quite a few exciting press opportunities coming up so keep an eye out in your daily paper for more updates from us. We’re so thrilled to be getting national exposure and growing the site – the more people that are on there the better it is for everyone – so please do refer your friends and make sure your profile is up to date.

Happy reading!

Chris, Hagen and Louise



We need your help to get in the Guardian

Hi #NAME#,

We’ve been approached by the Guardian newspaper with the opportunity to be featured in a piece they’re writing about retirement age and working in retirement. The journalist specifically needs someone aged 75 to talk about when they decided to retire and why, as well as a bit about working in retirement. If this is you we need your help! It would be a huge boost for us to get a mention in such a reputable paper so if you’re interested please reply to this email asap. The piece will most likely be filled in the next 48 hours so if you do want to help us please get in touch.

In the mean time – keep an eye out in the next few newsletters for exciting updates on all our new features and plans for 2016.

Thanks for all your support,

Chris, Hagen and Louise



An online social network for retired people


Dear #NAME#,



Who Or What Is OAPSchat?
OAPSchat stands for Optimistic and ProActive Seniors Chat. Loneliness is a big scourge on our society worldwide and the website helps combat this awful isolation by coming together and sharing our thoughts and ideas. www.oapschat.co.uk/lifestyle/topical-issues/14-lifestyle/topical-issues/341-loneliness-the-scourge-of-society

Let Me Introduce Myself!
Hi, my name is Janice and I am the founder of www.OAPSchat.co.uk. OAPSchat was born in April 2013 as a Facebook page. One lunchtime, my family and I were talking about the lack of websites for over fifty fives. So I decided to look into this more thoroughly. There are a few, but they are celebrity based or specific to grandparents etc.

I Developed A Facebook Page
I decided to launch an OAPSchat FB page and post and comment about the silver and golden years. A blog was set up and I started to write weekly columns on health, finance, lifestyle issues, relationships, memories and much more. The FB page grew slowly at first, but gradually I was having more and more likes. The Daily Mail mentioned me twice in 2013 and more likes followed.To date there are over 1230.

Then I Launched My First Ever Website At Age 58!
It was in November 2013 that I decided I had enough material and confidence to launch the website. Since then, I have been writing articles on all kinds of topics. I now have over ninety wonderful contributors to date and articles on all different subjects are posted on an almost daily basis.

How Do People Join In?
Registration is FREE and it only takes a couple of minutes to join. Simply follow this link. www.oapschat.co.uk/news/49-news/342-login-to-oapschat

Members can comment via disqus, FB and Twitter. To date there are 760 articles and this figure is growing daily. If you do not belong to Facebook or Twitter, you can still view all the articles for FREE.

Raffles are held most weeks. Firms, shops, businesses, authors and many others donate prizes. A newsletter goes out once a month with my plans for the coming weeks. To be eligible for the raffles, registration is necessary for automatic entry to ALL draws.

I am an Independent Happy List Winner 2014 for founding the website. www.oapschat.co.uk/49-news/149-independent-on-sunday-s-happy-list-2014

OAPSchat is well and truly born now and I hope it will continue to thrive. With your support, I’m confident it will!

Untitled-3Meeting up with fellow OAPSchatters

Have a fantastic week! Chris, Hagen and Louise


January 2016 Newsletter – Time for some film night inspiration?


Dear #NAME#, Happy New Year!

This week we saw The Intern, and were so excited to share it with all of you. If you haven’t seen it already we’d highly recommend it – it’s the story of a fast growing tech firm who decide to hire ‘senior interns’ over 60 years old. We won’t give it all away, but it’s safe to say it’s a bumpy road and in the end everyone learns something from each other. A great watch!



Have a fantastic week! Chris, Hagen and Louise


Why do you love us?


Dear #NAME#,

Just before our main news item we should you may want to know – one of the country’s most admired home care agencies, Home Instead Senior Care are recruiting part time, care staff in Kingston, to help older people live independently… Care levels vary from more challenging, to light duties EG making tea and having a chat… Pay £9 per hour + benefits, 10-20 hours per week.
If your manner is warm and you are adaptable, please contact Mike on 0208 942 4137


Reading this article in The Guardian got us thinking that we’d love to hear from you about what made you sign up for Retired4Hire? We have all kinds of members and we’d love to know your story – are you looking for extra income for day to day, or a holiday fund, or are you searching for new experiences or connections? It’s amazing what extending your employment into retirement can do. It’s not only great for your health, both physically and mentally, but extra income and community involvement can open up a whole new world of experiences and opportunities so we’re really excited to hear about all your great experiences.

“A long-term study of 1,000 men and women born in 1920 found that working after retirement was associated with living longer. The participants joined the study at 70 and were tracked for 14 years. Of the 1,000 people studied, those who continued to work at 70 and beyond were 2.5 times as likely to be alive at 82.” If you’re looking for some extra cash for a holiday of a lifetime, or even just to replace your favourite pair of shoes, we’re here to help. We’ve been working hard at getting lots of new roles listed on the site, and are now partnering with a employment agencies to list their jobs with us. So, keep checking back regularly to see if anything strikes your fancy… you never know what you might find.


Have a fantastic week! Chris, Hagen and Louise


Retired 4 Hire – a new website for agencies

Dear #NAME#,

We have just started a free web site for retired people looking for occasional or part time work. We would be delighted if you wanted to use it to find applicants – or to post job vacancies of your own (there’s no cost for this).

Adding your temporary or part time jobs to our site can be done automatically, if you post jobs to a web site or you have a feed. Please email us your requirements and we can set something up.


Here is a short video of Chris talking about our site :


As our site is free for all, we are also looking for sponsors. Please do email us if you are interested. We are hoping you will agree that it’s a good cause 🙂

Many Thanks

Chris, Hagen and Louise



March Retired4Hire Newsletter – Spring Clean Your Life



  Dear #NAME#, welcome to March! Hope your 2015 is going brilliantly so far. Spring Clean season is upon us again and so this is a great chance to tidy up / update your Retired 4 Hire profile as well as your house! Here are some of our top tips on having an effective home clear out:  

1. Breakdown
No – don’t have a breakdown! But it’s often helpful to break the house down into rooms or sections and just tackle one at a time. Don’t think about the next task, and don’t worry about the whole journey. Maybe do one room a night instead of trying to do the whole house in a weekend and burning out/procrastinating.
2. Reward
Set yourself a reward for once you’ve completed your goal. Maybe the satisfaction will be enough – but a chocolate bar or dinner date can’t hurt either to keep you on track!
3. Declutter
Get an empty box/bag and put as many things as you can in it to go to the charity shop (or bin depending on the quality). If you have less clutter there’s less to clean! Try to be ruthless, and maybe even get someone else to help push you. Remember – if you haven’t used it within the past year it’s not worth keeping.
4. Rearrange
Have some fun and move around your furniture! Maybe buy yourself some new storage solutions to help keep clutter/paperwork at bay. It’s amazing how you can make a place feel like new just by a few small changes.
5. Maintain
Once you’re finished just sit back and know you’re in the clear now for another year… just kidding – try to maintain what you’ve done. It’s much easier to throw away a few unwanted items a week, put things back where they belong, and run round with a duster occasionally, than it is to do a big annual clean. Keep motivated all year and you’ll thank yourself next March.


In terms of your R4H profile: we find that if you include an image you’re much more likely to get contacted – so go ahead and put up a nice smiley picture! We’d also recommend checking your skills are up to date – maybe you’ve got a hobby you’ve never considered as being profitable before like gardening, photography, or knitting – add them all and maybe someone will want you to teach them or do a job for them! Don’t ask don’t get….Happy cleaning,

Chris, Hagen and Louise

p.s. We have recently come across a wonderful site called Retirement Reinvented. They aim to make better use of the skills and

experience of over 50s by collecting relevant resources on activities, employment, and articles. It’s a great place for finding information that’s been curated exactly with you in mind!


Happy Valentines from Retired4Hire

Dear #NAME#, 
Happy Valentines from Chris, Hagen and Louise!

We hope you have a great day, and spend it with someone special. We wanted to check in with another monthly update and see how you’re getting on with our site? If there’s anything you need help with or you’d like to suggest to us, just pop an email over to hello@retired4hire.co.uk

Perhaps now you’re retied your priorities may have changed, and you’re looking for employment that is flexible, casual, or in addition to your existing work. Retired4Hire is set up exactly with you in mind – so make sure your profile is up to date with all your skills, a little ‘welcome’ note for potential readers, and of course a picture. We find it makes a big difference to your success rate if you include a pic, so don’t be shy! Let’s avoid too many blind dates…


Happy Valentines, Chris, Hagen and Louise

non-profit organisation for retired people – can your library help?


Hope you’re well.

I work for Retired4Hire and we’ve created a not-for-profit website to help retired people stay connected to their community, and earn extra income (see below for full details).

We’ve been featured in Mature Times and have had great feedback from our users so far. Our local libraries have been very supportive, and we’re now looking to reach a wider community of retired people across the UK.

If we sent you a small poster would you be happy to put it on your notice board or in reception? We’d really appreciate the support!

Best wishes,
Louise Croft


A little more about the site:

  • Retired people can create a profile for themselves listing their skills for sale e.g. gardening, photography, or translation. Then anyone can list a task they want doing, such as teaching them piano or helping with their tax return. The aim is to connect the two parties and help retired people earn money and meet local people.
  • It’s free for everyone
  • Local people may also uncover new skills they didn’t have time to develop in earlier life. For example, one of our users was a policeman who always wanted to be a jeweller and has now retrained and earns through our site.
  • An explanatory video; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66dWmu9bjRk