Making links with MPs
Mike Penning, MP for Hemel Hempstead, is a long-time support of Age UK Dacorum’s work, and he has seen first-hand the work that’s being done in his local area. Over the Easter bank holiday weekend, he volunteered his time to assist our colleagues and volunteers at Age UK Dacorum to deliver advice to older people who were shielding from coronavirus, as well as Easter eggs.
We’ve also worked closely with Age UK North Yorkshire and Darlington. One of their constituency MPs is Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer. Not only did they want to be able to speak up for older people in the area, but they also wanted to call on Mr Sunak for increased voluntary sector support, and further clarity on the furlough scheme, which would be beneficial to the entire Age UK network and the wider voluntary and community sector. Many more local Age UK’s have written to or emailed their MPs detailing their services and what’s happened to respond to the increase in demand since the coronavirus outbreak.