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Combatting loneliness in Cromer: your suggestions

Content senior couple talking and relaxing together while sitting on a sofa in their living room at home using a digital tablet

Content senior couple talking and relaxing together while sitting on a sofa in their living room at home using a digital tablet

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Something that makes Cromer so special is undoubtedly the sense of community which the town exudes.

But despite this, there are still residents in Cromer who are dealing with isolation and loneliness.

So we asked our Enjoy Cromer More Facebook members what could be done to combat loneliness in the town, and here’s what they said:

Chris Dickinson wrote: “Transport. You cannot get a bus after 6pm back to Overstrand, or Mundesley, or any of the villages near North Walsham.”

Lucy Stevens agreed, writing: “Definitely better bus service and more routes in small villages.”

Lia Hurst added: “Definitely later buses! Last bus out of Overstrand is 6.20pm! So then you have to take a taxi out and back, and the cost of the evening goes up.”

Kay Missp said: “More social events during winter, we are a buzzing busy town during the summer but it’s pretty quiet during winter with nothing for locals to do if you’re not young and fit enough to brave the weather outside.”

Sam Barham suggested: “Some of the many cafés/could put on coffee mornings for lonely people where they have a reserved table where they can go have coffee and make friends.”

Sharon Smyth agreed: “Ah that’s nice.”

Jonny Court said: “All it needs is people being nicer to each other.”

Frances Clipsom added: “Better understanding of Mental Health and how to encourage people to socialise more.”

The Enjoy Cromer More Team really liked Mr Barham’s idea, and have asked all of our lovely local cafes to hold an event where a table is indeed reserved for people who would like to make new friends.

We’ll be posting an events update in the future, so watch this space!

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