Retirement Planning Seminars

In Person Event - Retirement Planning Seminars

The Pension Trustees of the National Federation of Voluntary Service Providers Pension & Life Assurance Scheme, in association with Irish Life, are organising Retirement Planning Seminars during 2024 to support and provide valuable information to members of our pension scheme:

First Retirement Planning Seminar Date & Venue:

Venue:            Ashling Hotel, 10-12 Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 (across from Heuston Station)

Date:               Tuesday, 14th May, 2024

Time:               9.45am – 4pm


Second Retirement Planning Seminar Date & Venue:

Venue:            Tullamore Court Hotel, Co. Offaly.

Date:               Thursday, 13th June, 2024

Time:               9.45am – 4pm


The seminar is a full day event and topics covered on the day include:

  • the mental adjustments of retirement;
  • state benefits in retirement;
  • your organisation’s pension scheme and how to draw down your pension benefits at retirement;
  • Wills and inheritance;
  • Physical & nutritional wellbeing. 


Please review the full agenda for the Retirement Planning Seminar, which outlines the topics to be addressed in detail and in a practical common-sense way to help you better plan for their retirement.

These Seminars are aimed at members of our Pension Scheme who are nearing retirement age over the next five years.  An invitation to the member’s spouse / partner to attend the Seminar is also extended.  A member doesn’t have to be about to retire to start planning for it, in fact, the sooner a member understands their retirement options, the more relaxed they'll feel about the whole process and hopefully be better placed to make the right decisions about this important phase in their life.


If you are interested in attending a Retirement Seminar in 2024, you need to contact your organisation’s HR Manager / Pension Administrator who will reserve a place for you.  All bookings must be made via your employer, places are limited so early booking is advisable.  


Regardless if you are attending the Retirement Planning Seminar or not, if you are within 6 years of retirement you should:

  • Carefully consider the different ways you can draw down your pension when you retire, in relation to lump sum, pension and / or Approved Retirement Fund.  (Information on the different ways you can draw down your pension are outlined in the Approaching Retirement Booklet).
  • Review where your pension fund is invested to make sure it matches the way in which you intend to draw down your retirement benefits.  You can review what funds you are invested in via your Irish Life Member Portal.
  • Get information on your personal pension fund by contacting your Irish Life Advice Team point of contact    There is no charge for this service. You can also seek you own independent advice.



Online Event - Countdown to Retirement Seminar

Irish Life hosted 2 online webinars entitled “Countdown to Retirement” on 6th December, 2023.  This Countdown to Retirement webinar was aimed at any age group, but was especially beneficial to members over age 50.  The webinar addressed the topics members need to consider as part of their countdown to retirement, including:

  • How tax relief works.
  • Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs).
  • The Scheme’s Default Personal Lifestyle Strategy and the Scheme’s other investment fund options.
  • How to register and utilise the tools within your online Member Portal.
  • Signpost to other great supports available to Scheme members e.g. engagement with Advice Team and National Federation’s website.

A recording of the Countdown to Retirement Webinar is now available to view here.

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