Over the course of several months I have been surveying constituents over the age of 65 to find out how they have coped in lockdown. There were plenty of positives, with many telling me that they had good familial support networks, but for those who didn’t just over half told me that they weren’t aware of local assistance.
There was also a sense of loss for those face to face interactions and the opportunity to meet new people. I know organisations across Tamworth and the villages have done their best to continue to provide services in these tough times, but as our society begins to reopen, I feel it is important to start rebuilding that sense of connection in our community and to help those who have never considered it before, to look into local services, groups, activities, education and fun!
I am keen to create a positive atmosphere focussed on helping Seniors get the most out of the support available to them, whilst also recognising the difficulties we all face as we get older.
I hope to run a Senior's Fair in August 2021. The aim is to create a mix of services, bringing in both local authorities and charities, as well as social groups and activity centres so local people can take a look, engage and sign up to anything that interests them quickly and easily in the centre of Tamworth.
If you are a local organisation that would like to participate - let me know and I will do my best to try to accommodate you. I would love to hear from any local social, educational, fitness or support group that can help people aged 65+
Invites to residents will be going out soon. Let's bounce back from the pandemic with a more joined up, friendly, supportive and cohesive society for all.
I look forward to seeing everyone there!