New Swaffham social isolation group set to launch

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A new initiative designed to tackle social isolation is to be launched in Swaffham next month.

The CACELS (Coffee and Cake Enjoying Life Supportively) group intends to help support people of working age who are unable to work because of disability or health problems.

The group will meet for the first time at the Green Britain Centre on Monday November 3, between 2 and 3.30pm.

And officials are keen for anyone who would like to take part to get in touch with them.

Gemma Liczbinski, an adult social services development worker for Norfolk County Council who is leading the programme, said people were often badly affected by losing the social circles they had developed among former colleagues.

She said: “When something happens that prevents that person being able to work they in many cases loose social contact, creating lonely days, lack of structure and purpose.

“I am setting up this group to go some way to supporting individuals to make new friends, break up the day and create a regular date to improve wellbeing and preventing their social and health decline, by creating social opportunities close to home.”

The group will meet on the first Monday of each month, except January. Similar groups will start in Lynn and Downham during November.

For more information, phone Gemma Liczbinski on 07795 238239.