Visitors to the second of Karen Lumley MP's Pensioners' Advice & Information Fairs said they found the event very useful and interesting, while groups taking part found the connection with like-minded organisations to be invaluable.
Some 22 organisations took part in the event, at the Mettis Social Club, Batchley, on Friday (17 March), with around 100 visitors turning up to take advice and information from them. And as with the first event on 3 March at the Rocklands Social Club, a number of Conservative Redditch councillors also turned up to talk to residents.
Organisations taking part in the one-stop shop designed to introduce support, voluntary and other services and organisations to those of pensionable age in Redditch, included Act on Energy, Age UK, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, The National Trust, West Mercia Police, Home Instead, Carers Careline, Redditch Association for the Blind, Healthwatch Worcestershire, Care & Repair Worcestershire, Redditch Borough Council Health Improvement, Severn Trent Water, Trading Standards, Onside Independent Advocacy, Bromsgrove & Redditch Network, British Red Cross, Independent Age, Contact the Elderly and Helping Hands.
Karen is off sick from Parliamentary duties presently, but she did pop into the event on Friday.
She said: "As with the first event, visitors were delighted with the information they were able to gather, and exhibitors were happy with so many people to engage with all under one roof.
"I have to say that I was most impressed all round and am now looking forward to another two similar events that we have pencilled in for June and July. In fact I will almost certainly be making these wonderful community events an annual occurrence in the diary."
Organisations who didn't get the chance to take part in these first two events and who might to interested in joining in with the summer Fairs should call 01527 591334 and speak to Karen's office manager, Andrew Powell.
Picture 1: Visitors at the police and Home Instead stands at the Mettis Social Club.
Picture 2: Karen in conversation with one of the exhibitors on Friday (17 March).
Picture 3: Some 100 visitors were able to gather useful information from 22 organisations at the event.
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