Blume – flexible work for older people

A community conversation led by Alexander Stevenson – with Joyce, Leonard and Rick – about Blume.Life (“Flexible work for older people, Great results for everyone. Over 50? Under 150? Interested in flexible working? Blume is the place for you”) – a community-rooted startup.

We record in our workspace training room, with working background noise. It’s not supposed to sound like a studio.

Click/tap the play button here (the yellow disk with the white triangle), or visit the podcast episode page: Blume – flexible work for older people.

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More about Blume

(Content by Alexander Stevenson)

Blume is a new venture which will find flexible and interesting work for older people. Or to put it another way, Blume offers everyone highly skilled, experienced, reliable and good value labour.

Blume’s aim is to calm the perfect storm created by these four squalls:

  • We are living longer. In the next twenty years the number of over-65s in the UK will grow by 6 million to 17 million.
  • We are rubbish at employing older people … 80% of 50 year olds are in work but this declines to 60% of 60 year olds and just 30% of 65 year olds.
  • but the economy needs older people. At current rates older people will vacate 14.5 million jobs by 2022 but just 7 million will enter the workplace.
  • and surveys suggest that many older people want to carry on working (but preferably part time); for example 4.8 million 65 to 70 year olds would like to be working but just 1.2 million currently are working.

How to become part of Blume

To get started you need to do three things:

  1. Go to and enter your email address and enter a preview code (you can get it from Rick at Employability Club, or by asking for it at )
  2. Tell us which of our selected 60 tasks on the ‘Become a blumer’ page you are interested in doing. Categories include ‘Technology’, ‘In the home’, ‘Business Support’, and ‘Odd Jobs’.
  3. Complete the (short) sign up process to become a blumer.

We will then find people who want these tasks done and match you up with them.

If you have any questions or suggestions please send them to

Author: Earthling

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