Published: Wednesday, 2nd August 2023
Residents in South Lynn are being encouraged to come along to a Creating Communities event at St Michael's School on 12 August 2023, between 10am and 2pm.
The event, which is a drop-in session, will bring together the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, its Lily service and Beat Your Bills roadshow, Alive West Norfolk, Community Action Norfolk, Purfleet Pantry, Stories of Lynn and others to provide advice and information on services, facilities and activities in the area.
There will be a selection of fun activities for the whole family taking place throughout the event and attendees completing a feedback card will be entered into a free prize draw with the chance of winning a top prize donated by Lovell, or other prizes from Alive West Norfolk and local businesses.
Oliver Judges, Executive Director for Place at the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, explained:
"When we build houses we are keen to ensure that we also help build the communities in which people live, which includes helping people find out about the great things the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk area has to offer, as well as signposting to practical support where needed.
"South Lynn has seen a large amount of residential development since it became a Millennium community back in 2000 and, with the latest phase of development by the council with its developer partners Lovell having been just completed, it felt like the right time to start identifying and growing activities and events in the area to build the community."
This Creating Communities event will see the launch of Alive West Norfolk's programme of regular activities in South Lynn, which include Play Street, Football MUGA Mania, Multi-sport Mash-up and Wellbeing Walks.
Lily, building on the success of their 'Spark a Connection' event will be there to help people understand what support and help is in the area to avoid issues of loneliness and isolation, but also to inspire people about the sorts of activities and clubs that could be created in the area for other people to get involved with, whether that's a knitting and crochet club, art group, quizzes, bingo or a local history group.
Stories of Lynn will be offering history themed crafting sessions, while the Beat Your Bills Roadshow will be dropping by with energy saving advice and other support to help people facing cost of living issues.
Rebekah Bensley-Mills, Lily Co-ordinator said:
"Whilst being physically active is great for health there might be other activities people would like to see in the area. We are hoping to inspire people and enable them to set up their own groups by explaining the art of the possible and pointing people in the direction of funding and advice on how to establish a group. Being part of a group and a community massively increases people's sense of wellbeing and reduces the negative impact of loneliness and isolation."
Representatives from Lovell and the borough council’s corporate projects team will also be available to answer any questions about the recent residential developments in South Lynn.