Helping older people get the best out of life is the aim of a special event in Northallerton organised by the town’s MP.
Rishi Sunak’s Older Persons’ Fair will be held in the Golden Lion Hotel, in the High Street, on Wednesday, September 26.
The fair will bring together around 30 local organisations offering advice and information about a huge range of local services and opportunites for older people.
The event – between 10am and 1pm in the hotel’s Yorkshire Suite - is organised around the theme Live Well in Later Life. It will be hosted by the Richmond (Yorks) MP and is completely free. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served throughout the morning.
Mr Sunak said: “The fair will bring together all the people who can help older people get the best out of life. There is lots of help and opportunities available but it can be difficult to find out about it and access it. The fair will bring all the sources of help and opportunity together.”
“There will be the chance to learn about online banking, pensions and benefits, get advice about staying healthy, about housing, how to keep your home safe and deal with cold callers and scammers,” he added.
Mr Sunak said there would many of the town’s clubs, societies and service providers present outlining the leisure opportunities available in the area, including local walking groups, The Forum community centre, Hambleton Leisure Centre and Northallerton Bowling Club.
Mr Sunak said he would be present throughout the morning along with local councillors. As well as older people, anyone with an interest in the wellbeing of older people was welcome to attend.
The complete list of organisations represented is: Abbeyfield Society, Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK – North Yorkshire and Darlington, Hambleton Strollers Walking for Health Group, Hambleton Over Fifties Forum, Diabetes UK, Hambleton District Council Street Scene, Hambleton Dementia Action Alliance, Hambleton Community Action, Hambleton Lifeline, North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Trading Standards, North Yorkshire Advocacy, Hambleton District Council/Hambleton Leisure Centre, Citizens Advice Bureau and Warm and Well in North Yorkshire, North Yorkshire County Council’s Stronger Communities Programme and the Library Service, The Forum – Northallerton, North Yorkshire Sport, Independent Age, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, Northallerton Bowling Club, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group, Northallerton Ramblers, Age UK – Veterans Support, Barclays Bank, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.