‘Hunstanton Friends’ group move to Hunstanton Town Council Community Centre
When the Coronavirus first struck, no-one could have envisaged the effect this virus would have on us all. Every one of us has had to face changes to our everyday living routines, most of us have been affected in one way or another, maybe from isolation, loneliness, becoming dependent on others to do our shopping or sadly from losing loved ones.
Covid 19 has caused 'an unwelcome feeling of lack or loss of companionship, which happens when we have a mismatch between the quantity and quality of social relationships that we have, and those that we want'.
When Hunstanton Town Council heard 'Hunstanton Friends', were looking for assistance in finding somewhere they could hold their weekly meetings whilst the Library remained closed, the Council were only too pleased to help out by offering the Community Centre in Avenue Road each Friday.
Hunstanton Town Council's Community Engagement Working Panel (WP) Chairman Cllr MaureenHoward reported "we will be discussing at the next WP meeting how HTC can work with HunstantonFriends to focus on social wellbeing, promoting healthy and active lifestyles and community engagement for the residents of Hunstanton. Since the pandemic began it has been reported that rates of loneliness are on the increase and are having a detrimental effect on our health.
Depression can intensify the feeling of loneliness – even in a room of favourite people. You may feelas though you're apart from the rest of the world. Perhaps lacking energy, not really knowing what to say to people, not feeling how you used to feel, may be unable to work, or study, which can make feelings of isolation even worse"
Hilary Letch, one of the founder members of 'Hunstanton Friends' said "our aim is to reach out topeople who are lonely or isolated and to provide a safe welcoming space.
Our longest running group is the 'colouring' one, which has been running for about 4 years. We have been colouring postcards that are then distributed by local churches, to lonely people within the Town (we put a nice message on the reverse of each card).
'Just a cuppa' has been going for about 3 years and is a drop in/out cup of tea or coffee, and lots of chat where folk put the world to rights, share stories about their lives, share fun and laughter, while enjoying coffee and cake.
Both of these were library initiatives originally and as well as promoting better mental health, they are aimed at everyone, but of particular interest and use to those who are lonely, isolated, or just plain bored. 'Knitting and Crochet' is a relevant new group that only came along about a year ago. Once a month, we all go out for lunch together and at Christmas a group of us went to Hunstanton Panto. We celebrate each other's birthdays and share any sadness"
The Mayor of Hunstanton Cllr Tony Bishopp announced "the Community Centre has undergone a complete re-decoration during the Covid pandemic and is now being promoted as 'a real community space' where small groups (currently up to 10 people at the present time) are being encouraged to get together for activities that will benefit their wellbeing".
Anyone wanting further information on Hunstanton Friends are welcome to contact Hilary direct on 01485 533631 or Dawn Davies on 01485 779746.
If you are the organiser of a 'wellbeing event" and are interested in holding a session in the Community Centre please contact the Town Clerk on 01485 532402 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: Sat, 15 Aug 2020 16:04 by Amanda Knight