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Carlisle Space to Talk event planned

Carlisle city centre will hold its second Space to Talk event this Friday (11 September), between 11am and 2pm.

The event is organised by Carlisle City Council, NHS Primary Care Networks Carlisle Network & Carlisle Healthcare and Carlisle Vineyard Church.

Open to all, the event is a chance to share experiences through these unprecedented times, have a chat with some experienced listeners, and be signposted to additional support if required. Bags of Courage will again be provided supporting connection with the community.

Rachel Murdie & Carol Eland, Social Prescribing Leads for the City, said: “We are pleased to hold our second Space to Talk event in Carlisle, connecting with the community and providing help and support both emotionally and practically. Many are feeling the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and find themselves in situations they have never experienced before; this can be frightening, increase anxiety and escalate practical difficulties.

“We are here to listen and to help. We are also looking forward to expanding the scope of the events working with the city Community Centres in the coming months. If you would like to know more about how Social Prescribing can help you, please come along and chat to one of the Social Prescribers on site at the event or alternatively contact your Carlisle GP Practice. If you attend the event, please note Covid-19 Safety Guidelines are in place.”

Miriam Lowe, Carlisle Vineyard Church, added: “These have been incredibly challenging months with so many difficult and uncertain experiences as we’ve face Covid-19 as a community. Each one of us will have our own stories and the impact of the pandemic and its effects on our lives. Each of these stories is important. These listening spaces are simply to create space to listen to one another, to connect, to be community, and to share our experiences and to know we are not alone in our day to day lives. This is so important for our wellbeing.”

Cllr Elizabeth Mallinson, Carlisle City Council Portfolio holder for Health and Wellbeing, added: “We’re so proud of how communities and partners across Carlisle have responded to Coronavirus. However, we’re acutely aware of the issues facing lots of our community groups, including armed forces veterans. I urge everyone to follow public health advice and to take advantage of local events that support community resilience and mental health and wellbeing.”

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