MANSION House had some visitors from afar as delegates from the Taiwan government arrived.

The Taiwanese government delegation paid a visit to Mansion House, which is owned by Age UK Mid Mersey.

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The delegation of more than 20 senior Taiwanese civil servants and ministers visited the UK in order to learn best practices in public administration, particularly in support for the elderly, and to exchange experiences.

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They identified the Age UK charity from its public profile on the internet.

Cllr Marlene Quinn, St Helens Council's portfolio holder for adult social care; Carol Kirkland, director at Care Connect and mayor of St Helens Cllr Janet Johnson joined the delegates for the visit.

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Mark Lunney, chief executive at Age UK Mid Mersey, said: "The Taiwanese government delegation visit was very enjoyable, and a huge success.

"We had more than 20 ministers and senior civil servants attend to hear about our work locally with older people. They then stayed on to enjoy a business lunch.

"Age UK Mid Mersey promoted the work of the charity and our profile along with shared knowledge and approach to volunteering in the community. The delegation left with a small gift of a limited edition print of the Mansion house and Orangery.

"Deputy minister Jui-Yu Yeh of the Civil Service Protection and Training Commission passed on his sincere thanks and deep respect to the board of trustees for the work we do and the delegation were very impressed with how our organisation operates to deliver our work."