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Harleston Information Plus helps connect people from all corners of the country




Everyone likes to receive a postcard – and people as far away as the Hebrides and the isles of Lewis and Harris are no different.

Fortunately, help is hand, thanks to an initiative running out of Harleston Information Plus.

Staff member Pam Spicer is the woman behind the postcard exchange, which she hopes will combat loneliness, both in Norfolk and further afield ... even as far as the Scottish archipelago.

Harleston, Norfolk, 03/10/2020..Pam Spicer, New connections are being made with people struggling with loneliness, through the 'post a smile scheme' and the sharing of art...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (42538709)
Harleston, Norfolk, 03/10/2020..Pam Spicer, New connections are being made with people struggling with loneliness, through the 'post a smile scheme' and the sharing of art...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (42538709)

“The main aim of my role is to help to reduce social isolation in Norfolk’s towns and villages,” she said. “This is normally achieved by bringing people together face to face.

“For obvious reasons, this has not been possible, so I have been working on other ways to help people reach out.

“We have made some exciting connections with an art group in the Hebrides and we are undertaking an art postcard exchange to connect with isolated residents on the remote islands of Lewis and Harris.

“In addition, we have a ‘post a smile’ scheme for residential homes, which can include written letters, cards and sending old postcards to prompt memories. It’s been really well received.”



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