Jo Churchill MP Article – Stowmarket Flyer
I was delighted to hold a third Older Persons Information Fair in Needham Market in November. This followed previous fairs in Stowmarket and Bury. I would like to thank everyone who took part or attended for making the fair the success that it was.
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.
While at the fair, I was pleased to meet members of the University of the Third Age (U3A). I was already aware of the organisation, but did not realise the scope and breadth of the activities that are on offer. The range of activities available for those looking for learning opportunities in retirement is fantastic.
Aside from the opportunity to learn, U3A also serves as a wonderful way to socialise. I am assured that you will struggle to find an interest that is not shared by like-minded people.
When people are isolated or suffering from loneliness, they are more likely to be unaware of the organisations or support that is available. With organisations like U3A across my constituency, I am heartened that people do not have to look far to find a welcoming group of people, ready to embrace a new member.
I am also conscious how important the ‘er’ is in the word ‘older’. Retirement is by no means a time for slowing down, but instead to immerse yourself in activities you want to do. To do those things you have always wanted to do, without having to put raising a family or work first. Retirement is a time to enjoy.
I am pleased to say that a fourth Older Persons Fair is being planned for this year in Bury and I would like to invite you all to come and see the opportunities available for older people across Bury. I am looking forward to seeing you there!
I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year.