Jo Churchill MP hosts information fair to tackle loneliness and isolation

An information fair aimed at shining a light on services for the elderly and support to combat loneliness has been hailed a success.


On Friday 3rd December local MP Jo Churchill hosted an Older Persons Information Fair at Needham Market Community Centre. It was supported by a host of community and charitable organisations giving advice and guidance to residents, aimed at both helping to prevent isolation and informing residents about what services are available to access.


Representatives from local groups, transport agencies, local government, businesses and care networks all attended Friday’s fair, which followed similar successful events in Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds. A fourth is now being planned for Bury next year.


Jo Churchill MP said: “I was delighted to organise our third Older Persons Information Fair in my constituency. I know that isolation is an issue that can affect older people in our communities. It is therefore really important to highlight the different services that are available to people and introduce those services to each other.


This awareness of other agencies can really make a difference. Thanks to the people who attended, we were able to introduce an elderly resident to trading standards after she was concerned that she might be a victim of a solar panel scam. Officers were able to give her some advice and reassurance and the police were on hand to assist too.


I would like to thank everyone who attended and supported such a worthwhile event. I am intending to hold another such event in Bury next year.”