The first of two Pensioners' Advice & Information Fairs to take place in March, organised by staff from Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch's office, has been acclaimed as a great success by all who took part.
Some 23 organisations took part in the event, at the Rocklands Social Club, Headless Cross, on Friday (3 March), and, despite the driving rain, over 100 visitors turned up to take advice and information from them. A number of Conservative Redditch councillors also turned up to support the event and talk to residents.
Organisations taking part in the one-stop shops designed to introduce support, voluntary and other services and organisations to those of pensionable age in Redditch, included the Citizens Advice Bureau, Fire and Rescue Service, The National Trust, West Mercia Police, Healthwatch Worcestershire, Severn Trent Water, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening and Trading Standards. All agreed it was an extremely worthwhile morning and were looking forward to the next event.
Karen herself is off sick from Parliamentary and constituency duties presently, and so was unable to attend. However she said: "All reports were that this was an extremely successful event. My staff interviewed attendees on the way out, and the responses were overwhelmingly positive, including several people who had said that the event had introduced them to organisations they never knew existed, which is wonderful.
"The police presence was described as being 'reassuring', while others felt well looked after by the friendly and informative borough councillors, who I was particularly pleased to hear were there."
Karen is to host a second event on Friday, 17 March, from 10am-12pm at the Mettis Social Club in Cherry Tree Walk, Batchley, and all are welcome to attend. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided as well.
Karen added: "I urge anyone, particularly those who are either of, or approaching pensionable age, to pop along on the day, as clearly there is a need and a desire for local community events such as these."
For a full list of organisations attending the next event visit: http://tellkaren.com/
Picture 1: Advice being given on how to save money by staff from Severn Trent Water, while folk visit the Healthwatch Worcestershire stand in the background.
Picture 2: Act on Energy giving advice on saving electricity.
Picture 3: Borough councillor Roger Bennett chats to Chris Harris, a caseworker from Care & Repair Worcestershire.
Picture 4: Redditch Police discuss security with a couple of visitors.
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