Sir Michael Fallon met members of Sevenoaks District Senior Action Forum on the morning of 18th October to discuss the concerns of older residents in the constituency.
The group were particularly concerned about how loneliness impacts the elderly but praised the work of volunteers who runs pop-in cafes in the constituency. These give residents an opportunity to socialise and also give information about benefits, safety and using the internet.
There was some concern about the future of these services, but with the announcement of £2 million from the Government this week for organisations tackling loneliness it is hoped that more funding can be secured for organisations like the café.
The group finished by presenting Sir Michael and Lady Fallon with flowers as a thank you for their service to the constituency over the years.
Sir Michael also met with residents and staff at St John’s Cottage, an assisted living facility for adults with learning disabilities.
Sir Michael was given a tour of the premises before hearing the concerns of residents and the work the Sevenoaks Voices to be Heard Group, a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities, has been doing as part of the #WalkInOurShoes campaign. This campaign has been launched to encourage society and policymakers to consider the issues faced by people with learning difficulties when making decisions that will affect them.
He said: “It was a pleasure to meet residents and staff from St John’s Cottage last Friday. Their #WalkInOurShoes campaign is a fantastic initiative to raise much needed awareness regarding the concerns of adults with learning disabilities.”