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Tackling loneliness at Fire Service coffee mornings



Coffee Morning ImageNorfolk residents can find out about local services and volunteering opportunities, as well as enjoying a cuppa and a chat, during coffee mornings at the county’s fire stations.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) is supporting Norfolk County Council’s In Good Company campaign aimed at eliminating loneliness across the county.

As well as creating a chance for people to meet up and get access to different services in the area, the events will also serve as a way of letting local people know about volunteering opportunities in their area.

Fire service staff are inviting members of the public along to fire stations in Dereham, Great Yarmouth, Norwich Earlham and Hunstanton this month.

As well as meeting friends, or making new ones, and enjoying a drink and a sweet treat, residents and their families can:

• Chat to local retained firefighters and discover more about their work and how to join the service.
• Learn more about the valuable work of community safety volunteers and be given fire safety advice.
• Visit one of the county’s mobile libraries to borrow books and get information, as well as signing up if they are not already a member.
• Pick up information about services including Norfolk Adult Safeguarding Board; Young Carers; Victim Support, Dementia Friendly Norfolk, Norfolk Swift Response, Transport Plus NFRS's Prince's Trust programme and Community Safety schemes.
• Speak to fire cadets at the Hunstanton event.
• Find out more about the work of the British Red Cross Fire Victim Support Volunteers
• Find out more information about other local community groups, such as baby and toddler groups, scouts and guides.

NFRS Protection and Prevention Manager Garry Collins said: "We are pleased to be able to get involved with our local communities and hold these events for people to get together, gain information and find out more about the opportunities in their area. Volunteering enables people to make new friends, increases self-confidence, reduces isolation, combats depression and can also teach valuable career skills. There are so many volunteering opportunities across Norfolk and it is great to be able to promote these and also join the In Good Company Campaign to help reduce isolation."

The coffee mornings are open to everyone and children are welcome. They run from 10am to 12.30pm and are on the following dates:
Saturday 6 May: East Dereham Fire Station.
Saturday 13th May: Great Yarmouth Fire Station.
Saturday 20th May: Norwich Earlham Fire Station.
Saturday 27 May: Hunstanton Fire Station.
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is part of Norfolk County Council. Norfolk County Council recently launched In Good Company.

More details about the campaign can be found here

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