Calling all parent carers!

Do you need information, advice, and support? Or perhaps you just fancy a friendly chat? Good news! You can now use Facebook Live to join people across the county for daily Talking Café events.

Typically running from local venues, Talking Cafes have taken place in Somerset since June 2017, and have helped keep our communities connected with the services they need.

These events usually take place in local venues such as café’s, but social distancing measures meant they had to be temporarily suspended. However, they have now been relaunched digitally on Facebook Live, meaning that anyone – even the most rurally isolated – can join and pop along for a chat.

With live sessions taking place every day from 11am, these live sessions are a great way to stay connected, and get useful information, advice, and support.

A range of topics are discussed – from help and advice for staying safe, information about important services such as housing, finance, social care and children’s services, to light-hearted chat – and the events have proved very popular, with between 50-70 people attending the live sessions, and thousands watching later.

The sessions are run daily from the Talking Café Facebook page (@talkingcafesomerset) by Community and Village Agents, who help local people find the help, information, and services they need.

Employed by the Community Council for Somerset, Community and Village Agents have played a vital role in the coronavirus response, delivering a whopping 47,963 community activities across the county. Ranging from food and medication deliveries, sharing advice on benefits and paying bills, to helping provide hot meals to those in need, the Agents have been a lifeline for Somerset during lockdown.

Submitted by Communications