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Allsorts Group offers people a chance to socialise in Wisbech

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Three friends have launched a new group in Wisbech aimed at tackling isolation.

Nicky Bell, Phyllis Parrin and Carl Garner (right) have launched Allsorts Group. (5038126)
Nicky Bell, Phyllis Parrin and Carl Garner (right) have launched Allsorts Group. (5038126)

Allsorts Group, which has been meeting at the Queen Mary Centre, was the brainchild of Nicky Bell, Carl Garner and Phyllis Parrin who came up with the idea to fill a gap in provision for people with health issues.

They are particularly keen to encourage people with mental health issues to come along and join in the activities which range from simply chatting and enjoying a cuppa to arts and craft, board games and music.

All three have been helped by the Richmond Fellowship and explained that after making progress with the organisation there is little on offer for people to progress and continue towards future employment.

Carl said: "There was an art and crafts group but I thought that was a bit limited. Not everyone likes art and so we thought it would be good to set up a new group, which offers more activities including music.

"People can come along on a Tuesday afternoon and enjoy a social chat, play games if they want to, listen to music or do arts and crafts, it's up to them what they would like to do."

Phyllis, who is currently completing a number of training courses to enable her to expand what's on offer at the group, added: "It has proved really successful. It is good for people of all ages to come along and socialise.

"It is for anyone aged over 18 who wants to get out and meet people."

Nicky is keen to expand the music offering. He and Carl both agree that music is great therapy and they would like to hear from local musicians who would be willing to attend the group.

They would also like some instruments so people can have a go either at re-starting playing or learning from scratch.

Allsorts Group is free and runs 2pm to 4.30pm.

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