Older Persons’ Information Fair

Taking place in the Apex on Friday 1st December 10:30AM-1:30PM, Jo Churchill MP is hosting an Older
Persons’ Information Fair in Bury St. Edmunds. This is a helpful community event, with the specific aim of
providing information to older people, on a range of issues.

Ultimately it provides an opportunity for would-be service-users to meet service-providers operating in the
area. As well as service-providers and community groups, we have invited those who can provide one-off
provision of information, such as advice around well-being, health, safety and crime (e.g. scam) prevention.
We’re allocating each organisation a space in which to have a display – posters, leaflets and any props to
explain the group’s vision and activities. Attendees can tour the stalls and mingle around the various
activities going on.

Naturally, the ‘stalls’ will be interesting and fun. For example, we will have a ‘tech corner’ giving hands-on
tech advice (provided by Realise Futures) as well as some scam prevention roleplay (organised by Suffolk
Trading Standards and their counterparts). It’s also possible that this could become a chance to match
people up with some well-suited volunteering opportunities.

The organisations attending cover a range of issues: support networks, health, transport, clubs, advice,
befriending schemes, arts, older persons’ fitness, gardening schemes, police and fire safety, adult learning
groups, volunteering networks, and of course the Rural Coffee Caravan that connects individuals and
organisations in some of our rural locations… and we are looking for forward to seeing the new caravan!
Jo hosted a similar event last year in Stowmarket, which was a real success. We want to achieve the same
warm, comfortable, accommodating atmosphere as last year to make the event welcoming for all, but
especially those attending alone; we will have a free refreshments on offer (kindly provided by Sodexo,
Apex’s caterers), so come and join us for a ‘cuppa’.

“We​ ​had​ ​a​ ​great​ ​event​ ​in​ ​Stowmarket​ ​last​ ​year,​ ​bringing​ ​people​ ​and​ ​providers​ ​together.​ ​The​ ​event​ ​in
Bury​ ​is​ ​building​ ​on​ ​this​ ​success​ ​of​ ​informing​ ​everyone​ ​about​ ​where​ ​help​ ​and​ ​advice​ ​is​ ​available,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as
some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​fun​ ​things​ ​going​ ​on​ ​in​ ​and​ ​around​ ​Bury.​ ​Loneliness​ ​and​ ​isolation​ ​is​ ​a​ ​growing​ ​issue​ ​in​ ​society
and​ ​this​ ​is​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​for​ ​people​ ​to​ ​enjoy​ ​a​ ​drink​ ​and​ ​a​ ​chat”,​ ​Jo​ ​Churchill​ ​MP​ ​said.

The organisers would like to stress that every member of the community is welcome to attend; attendees
can be sure of a warm greeting and that their presence is valued.

Older Person’s Information Fair