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Mayor Leigh Redman and Lauren Giddins, Sedgemoor team leader for Village agents

Mayor delighted at re-opening of Bridgwater’s Talking Café

BRIDGWATER Mayor Cllr Leigh Redman, was today on hand to welcome back the town’s Talking Café at the Hub in Angel Place.

Talking Cafés, which can be found across Somerset, are information centres offering advice and support to people throughout the county.

Cllr Redman said: “I have to admit the opportunity to show people that Bridgwater is returning to a more normal community now that Covid restrictions are starting to ease is great.

“To be able to meet people face-to-face opens up access to help or provide guidance for those that may need individual support fills me with pleasure. The Village agent team are ready to build back their support, the Covid precautions worked well and the welcome was great.”

Village Agents were set up to support the public with any social problems they may have if they don’t know who to turn to. If someone is struggling with a social issue, their Village agent will look to provide  solutions to ensure people are able to live well and stay connected to their community.

Village Agents have previously supported people visiting the Talking Cafés with issues such as financial hardship, loneliness and isolation and employment issues as well as people who are looking for social opportunities such as volunteering and activities.

Alongside the Village Agents, other professionals such as Deafinate and the Alzheimers Aociety are on hand to offer advice.

Lauren Giddins, the Sedgemoor team leader for Village agents said: “We are opening slowly due to Covid restrictions, so all Talking Cafés are strictly by appointment only. If you would like to meet with your local Village Agent to discuss any issues you or a loved one might have, please call us to book an appointment on 01823 331222”.

Bridgwater Talking Café  is open at The Hub every Thursday from 11am-1pm.

For those who can’t get to a Talking Café, live online sessions are still on Facebook on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1pm. www.facebook.com/talkingcafesomerset/live

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