Horsham District Older Peoples Forum: Is all in the garden rosy for the 60+?

“What question would you like to ask a local MP if you had the opportunity? What questions should local older people be asking their MP? Or is all in our beautiful West Sussex, Horsham garden rosy for the 60+?” are questions that Horsham District Older Peoples Forum Chairman, Martin Bruton, is asking the public.

“Are you worried that if you (or a parent or partner) are seriously injured or taken seriously ill, that there will be an ambulance available? that there are sufficient doctors and nurses to treat you? Lack of hospital beds? Lack of local authority finance for care packages? Getting an appointment with a GP? Availability of transport to and from hospital? Bank closures in your village? Lack of care homes? Housing? Mobility scooters? Brexit?”

The forum still has places for local older people to attend its ‘MP Question Time’ event and ask those or other questions.

Mr Bruton explained: “The ‘MP Question Time’ meeting gives older people aged 60+ living in the Horsham District or those that care for someone who is, the genuine opportunity of meeting a local MP, putting their questions and listening to the MP’s views and answers.

“If local older people don’t raise their genuine fears, concerns and problems, then how do we expect our local politicians to become aware and take action to bring those to the attention of the government, ministers and local authorities? If problems are not raised, then how will solutions be found and action taken?

“I am afraid that older people perhaps don’t want to ‘rock the boat’ or ‘bang the drum’, believe our politicians should already know what the issues are so ‘what’s the point’, or trust that someone else will raise the problems or are simply hoping that ‘it won’t happen to them’. This meeting is a safe, friendly and non-political opportunity to talk about the daily problems faced by older people, how it affects them and importantly be able to show their strength of feeling”.

This event is free to attend and will take place between 10.30am and 1pm on Friday 2 March at the Council Offices, ground floor, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, with Jeremy Quin, MP for Horsham. 10.15am for free tea/coffee.

If you would like to attend the meeting, the Forum would just ask that you book your place via email to:  or phone 07840 966124 (as space may have to be limited and for sufficient tea & coffee)

If you have a question related to older people that you would like put to Jeremy Quin MP at the meeting, or asked even if you can’t attend the meeting, please contact or email that to the Forum before the event, to ensure a fair range of questions can be put in the time available and, if research is needed, Mr Quin will have the answer on the day.

Problems, issues and concerns of local older people can always be raised with the Horsham District Older Peoples Forum and discussed at its quarterly public meetings held around the district. The following meeting is 10.30am – 1pm Wednesday 30 May 2018 at Billingshurst Community Centre.

Further information about the Forum and its activities can be found at

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