Peter Lilley visited the new Harpenden Library last week to meet volunteers and participants from Youth Connexions and the Harpenden Seniors Forum. These two initiatives provide advice and support for the young and senior members of the local community respectively as well as giving members access to a wide variety of activities and information.
“Youth Connexions provides an invaluable support system for young people in Harpenden,” said Peter. “Their projects are a great way for young people to build their confidence, learn useful life skills and become engaged members of society. It is very important that as a community we do everything we can to support young people so that they are fully prepared for further education, the job market and independent living and I applaud the work that Youth Connexions does with the young members of this constituency.
“I am also delighted that the Harpenden Seniors Forum provides an equally important support service for senior members of our community. They quite rightly note that many local residents have little idea of the vast range of services and activities available in the area. I welcome their proactive approach to setting this to rights. Their services will be particularly valuable in helping the elderly of our community to access health and welfare information and to avoid isolation. As people live longer, with most choosing to stay in their own homes as long as possible, communities must come together to ensure that the elderly are not neglected – Harpenden Seniors Forum is a perfect example of the Big Society in action.”
Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP for Hitchin and Harpenden with Helena Hobson and Peter Lale of Harpenden Seniors Forum
Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP with Mohamed and Claire from Youth Connexions