On Friday 2 November, MP for Horsham, Jeremy Quin, spent time with members of the Age UK Horsham District Horsham Club for older people that is based at the Charity Centre in Lavinia House, Dukes Square.
The club benefits from great facilities which are inclusive, accessible and welcoming, and Jeremy was treated by the members to a wonderful afternoon tea.
Members of the Horsham Club invited Mr Quin to discuss their concerns about potential changes for drivers of community transport buses, following a letter they recently sent to the MP on this topic.
Friday afternoon’s session was well attended with most of the 30 members that met with Mr Quin able to be there, as a result of the local community transport buses provided by Community Transport Sussex. The service they provide is vital to them and, without it, many older people would just not leave their homes.
Mr Quin was able to reassure the members that the government are aware of the impact that any changes could have and were working to avoid that.
He also heard members’ concerns about buses and other local services. They were also able to chat with him about how some of the changes to our health care systems in recent years have made a difference to them. For example, how our paramedic services can deal with medical emergencies swiftly and avoid lengthy stays in hospital.
Jeremy said: “I very much appreciate the huge value of these clubs for all participants and it was a pleasure to talk to members about a wide variety of issues, and to the students from Collyers who joined us.”
The group of young people who were at the Club, from The College of Richard Collyer, join the members every Friday afternoon as part of their BTEC studies.
The Charity’s Chief Executive Officer, Sonia Mangan, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Jeremy to Lavinia House last Friday, during our special 60th anniversary year. It was an opportunity for our club members to speak directly with the MP about matters that directly, and could drastically, affect them. After their discussions, everyone enjoyed the wonderful afternoon tea laid on by our catering team!”
2018 is a very special year for Age UK Horsham District, as the current charity team of staff and volunteers, representing a charity that has been working locally and supporting thousands of older people to love later life for 60 years, is celebrating their 60th anniversary. During the year, they’re celebrating the achievements of the charity and local older people, publicising what they do so they can help more local older people and fundraising, to ensure they can carry on for the next 60 years.
If you would like to find out more about how Age UK Horsham District could help you or someone you know or how you could help the charity, please contact them on 01403 260560, email email@example.com.
uk or visit www.ageukhorshamdistrict.org. uk.
To donate directly to their 2018 Diamond Anniversary campaign, please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.