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.
Statement on Westminster attack
Following the attack on police and members of the public in central London yesterday (Wednesday, 22 March 2017), Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County commented as follows:
"Yesterday was a very sad day for the people of our country, particularly in London, and my first thoughts are with those who were killed or injured and their families.
"Westminster is the seat of one of the oldest and most respected Governments in the world, and upholds values of free speech, liberty, human rights, and the rule of law – values shared by free people around the world. Amongst the bloodshed of yesterday, we must never waiver from our resolve to beat the terrorists.
"I, along with many MPs, actually knew PC Keith Palmer, the policeman who died, because he was often the first friendly face we would see when entering the Parliamentary estate. I often shared a morning joke with him. My deepest sympathies lie with his family and those of others killed or injured."
Karen was not in Parliament yesterday as she is currently still at home in Redditch recovering from her illness.
Get in touch with Karen's office if you'd like to meet with her. Due to high demand surgeries are by appointment only to make sure there is time to give every case the attention needed.
See her upcoming surgery dates here.