Drive to fight lone­li­ness in el­derly peo­ple

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

TACK­LING lone­li­ness in Mac­cles­field con­tin­ues to be high pri­or­ity for a char­ity for the el­derly.

Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley vis­ited Age UK’s Cheshire East of­fi­cers to learn about the char­ity’s work with older peo­ple and its plans for the fu­ture.

He is urg­ing more res­i­dents to make the most of the fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered by the char­ity.

He said: “It is clear that more needs to be done to tackle lone­li­ness, par­tic­u­larly with older peo­ple who may not get the chance to get out and meet oth­ers on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. It was great to hear more about what Age UK Cheshire East has planned in this area, and I look for­ward to work­ing with them in tak­ing th­ese plans for­ward.

“It was also good to visit the show­room and see how the char­ity is us­ing this ini­tia­tive to gen­er­ate funds, which will in turn be used to pro­vide ser­vices for older peo­ple in Mac­cles­field. I have been sur­prised at the wide va­ri­ety and qual­ity of the goods on of­fer, and would urge more lo­cal res­i­dents to come along and have a look, know­ing that any­thing they pur­chase will go to­wards sup­port­ing older peo­ple, and help­ing tackle lone­li­ness in our com­mu­nity.”

Age UK Cheshire East pro­vides ser­vices and sup­port to older peo­ple through­out the Cheshire East area and cam­paigns to achieve pos­i­tive change.

It be­lieves poverty, iso­la­tion and lone­li­ness, poor ser­vices, in­ad­e­quate care and sup­port, dis­crim­i­na­tion and a lack of re­spect are un­ac­cept­able.

For more go to ageuk. org.uk/cheshireeast.

Man­agers from Leek United Build­ing So­ci­ety spent the day at Rossendale Trust

MP David Rut­ley, third left, with Da­mon Tay­lor, right, and Age UK Cheshire East staff

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