In the summer of 2009, Jon was contacted by a large number of people who were concerned by the possible closure of Age Concern services in Dagenham. Age Concern provide an excellent service for older local people, allowing them to meet up over lunch, keep active or just to have some company.
Sharing these concerns, Jon spoke to the leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Labour Councillor Liam Smith, who agreed that the continuation of these services was of great importance to the elderly community of Dagenham. He responded to Jon's calls by agreeing to fund the services, ensuring they remain open.
Jon said, "I am delighted that by working together, Dagenham Labour has managed to secure the future of these services. I want to thank everyone who wrote to me about this too. I'm pleased I've been able to make a difference."