'Making it Work for the Over 50s'

PRIME Cymru is a registered charity and the only organisation in Wales dedicated to providing practical support to mature individuals, with a focus on those aged over 50, who want to become and remain economically active.

Economic inactivity amongst the over 50s is a critical problem in Wales, at a rate of 59.6%. Unemployment rates are on the rise, with a large number dependent on benefits. The Coronavirus lockdown has put added pressure on older workers, who are not only more vulnerable to become ill, but are also more likely to be made redundant.

PRIME Cymru is here to help. We were founded in 2001 by HRH The Prince of Wales, in response to letters he had received from many people saying that they felt that after the age of 50 they were on the ‘scrap heap’ and they had faced insurmountable problems in securing paid employment because of their age.

Through our staff of trained mentors and Development Officers, we provide clients throughout Wales with free, bespoke support towards finding employment, self-employment, training or volunteering.

Life expectancy in the UK has been steadily increasing, placing greater strain on the country as the dependency ratio of the population increases. According to the Office of National Statistics (2018), at birth males can expect to live to 79.3 and females to 82.9. The Welsh Government (2020) estimate that there are more people aged 65 or over living in Wales (662,000) than children aged 0-15 (564,000). One suggestion to overcome the challenges associated with ageing populations is to extend the working lives of individuals, hence why the State Pensionable Age will soon be 66.

However, there are a series of barriers to continued full-time employment including deteriorating health, care responsibilities and age discrimination. PRIME Cymru is here to help you explore all your options.

Adrian said: "I came to Prime Cymru with a business idea as I didn't know how to make that idea a reality. I had great support and advice from the very start and my business is now up and running with a number of successful contracts already made. I am very grateful to Prime Cymru for everything that they did."