London's Green MEP, Jean Lambert last night celebrated the achievements made by the Third Age Foundation to combat ageism and help mature people up date their skills to find a new direction at work.
Even in today's modern Europe ageism is rife across the UK and other Member States. Hundreds of experienced, mature people are struggling to work and contribute to society simply because of their age.
Speaking at the Third Age Foundation presentation evening Jean, who is a member of the European Parliament's Committee for Employment Social Affairs will say; "To those over 50 years of age our society seems to be designed to benefit the youth without any support or need for the knowledge and skills of the more experienced, mature person.
"Many industries are just not interested in employing older people and the opportunities to decide on your own retirement age are simply not there. We should all be able to choose when to stop working with a flexible retirement age in place.
"The Third Age Foundation is offering fantastic support encouraging everyone to study and take up new hobbies and activities what ever their age. With such opportunities and continued support we will be able to tackle ageism across the UK."
The Third Age Foundation provides mature people, who through no fault of their own have been forced out of work, with up to date skills such as computer technology.
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Notes to editors:
Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.