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about us

Our mission is to support everyone aged around 50 and over who is working or who wants to work

As a community, we will be organising informal events online and in-person…opportunities to meet each other, learn about each other, learn from each other, share ideas, experiences and stories. 

POWERED BY COMMUNITY

NOT BY ADS

The inspiration for workr comes from so many people in their fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties, who each in their own way are living dynamic, interesting lives. 

 

So many of these people are working...in a job, in their own businesses or on projects which may or may not be businesses…and of course, there are as many different ways of interpreting the meaning of the word 'work' as there are different people doing the work.

workr.co is for people who believe it’s what we bring to our work that matters and that age has nothing to do with it.

It's also a place where we're able to engage with a range of individuals and organisations, all of whom recognise the benefits older workers bring.

Meanwhile, the numbers are on our side. In 2020, it’s estimated there were 1.88 billion people in the world aged 50 and over. And according to the 2021 Australian Census, people aged 50 and over accounted for more than a third of the nation’s population (35.4%)…almost 9 million people. And these numbers are growing every year.

In a world where older workers are often ignored or where the benefits we bring are discounted, our strength in numbers gives us a voice…a voice which has the potential to change the world.

Welcome to workr.co

We're here to help.
If there's anything work related you would like some help with, we'd love to hear from you.

To get in touch, please feel free to use our chat or click here

To achieve this, we’re building a community for full-time workers, part-time workers, employers, business owners, freelancers and volunteers…a community which understands the value of the contribution older workers make

The best thing about my working life has always been the extraordinary people I’ve met, worked with, and continue to meet…and it’s the connection with people which provides the inspiration for workr.co

Simon

Pemberton | FOUNDER

My first proper job was as a studio junior in an advertising agency in London’s Soho Square. It’s where I developed an abiding love of type which laid the foundations for my career, first as a typographer, then as a graphic designer and on to becoming the Head of School with a number of graphic design schools. More recently, my journey included setting up the McWhirter Foundation in Australia…before doing what I’m doing now…building workr.co

the road to here...

  • DIRECTOR OF THE McWHIRTER FOUNDATION (AUSTRALIA)

  • FOUNDER AND HEAD OF SCHOOL - TRACTOR DESIGN SCHOOL

  • HEAD OF SCHOOL - BILLY BLUE, RAFFLES KVB AND CATC

  • NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF THE AUSTRALIAN GRAPHIC DESIGN ASSOCIATION

  • NSW PRESIDENT OF THE AUSTRALIAN GRAPHIC DESIGN ASSOCIATION

  • FOUNDER OF THE AUSTRALIAN TYPE DIRECTORS CLUB

  • PUBLISHED “ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS” - A BOOK AND VIDEO DOCUMENTARY FEATURING INTERVIEWS WITH 13 OF AUSTRALIA’S LEADING GRAPHIC DESIGNERS

  • A NUMBER OF ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN A RANGE OF DESIGN MAGAZINES

  • MORE THAN 50 AWARDS IN ADVERTISING AND GRAPHIC DESIGN IN AUSTRALIA AND THE UK

  • MEMBER OF NUMEROUS GRAPHIC DESIGN AWARDS JUDGING PANELS

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