Tea, coffee, toast and biscuits are all served with a smile at weekly “Coffee on the Couch” sessions at North Lynn.
This is an innovative joint venture between North Lynn Methodist Church and Community Service Volunteers, taking place on Thursday mornings between 10am and noon at the church in Losinga Road.
West Norfolk councillor, Andy Tyler, a regular visitor, says: “This project enables people of all ages and from differing backgrounds to meet together, be themselves, chat, relax and share friendship and mutual respect.
“There are also opportunities to get involved in activities or share favourite hobbies with others. Even better news is that tea, coffee, toast and biscuits are available and all served with a smile, by CSV Volunteers Emily Steer and Angelica Rodriguez.
“Coffee on the Couch has been running for about three years now and it is hoped the sense of community already formed will continue to grow, so why not go along, and if you enjoy a little outdoor work, I am sure some could even be found for you.”
The volunteers are part of the CSV Vocal scheme that enables people with learning difficulties to become volunteers in their own communities.
This scheme was first set up in Downham in 1989 and now has offices in both Downham and Lynn, but also covers varied activities in West Norfolk and beyond.
CSV also recruits people to act as support volunteers to work with those people unable to volunteer without support; they assist with training and have a general befriending role.
If you would like to become a trained support volunteer contact Helen Cooper on 01366 385839.
Mr Tyler added: “The volunteers and their befrienders get involved in all sorts of activities, working in local playgroups, schools, elderly people’s homes, shops, farms and museums (to name but a few) so why not contact Helen now?”