Norwich City Centre was buzzing yesterday, Thursday 13th May, when the Chatty Bus and Norwich Together teamed up to launch their first community event ( social-distanced) since the pandemic began
Businesses across Norwich joined forces outside The Forum to promote Norwich, boost community resilience and get people talking again as restriction begin to ease.
The event was aimed at encouraging people to talk about Norwich, through an interactive chat wall focusing on topics such as where’s you best place to get a cuppa, where’s your favourite place to walk? What do you love most about your city?
‘The event was all about bringing people together, raising awareness of the importance of togetherness and getting people talking about how they feel about Norwich.’ explained Tracey Drake, Development Lead of the Norwich Together Alliance.
‘People were talking and smiling, the laughter was priceless. We are so thankful to the Forum for providing us the space to create these connections and conversations and we know that by working together, we can help to combat the poverty of social isolation and loneliness.’
Organised collaboratively with Konnectbus’ popular Chatty Bus, which encourages conversations and reduce loneliness amongst those who travel by bus, ‘Let’s Talk, Norwich’ was a great way to help those who may be struggling to reconnect as COVID restrictions ease by talking about what the things they enjoy in the city.
‘We are delighted to bring the Chatty Bus back and support the ‘Let’s Talk, Norwich’ event as part of Mental Health Awareness week,’ says Davina Langley, Marketing Manager for Konectbus. ‘Due to the pandemic, our Chatty Bus events were put on hold but throughout this time, our drivers continued to keep our buses moving to keep communities connect and bring people together safely.
Volunteers from Kinda Kafe, Break, Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney, Norwich City Football Club, Age UK Norwich, Pentaco Construction, Krow Group and Norfolk Police Cyber Crime, all members of Norwich Together Alliance, supported the event and local labour MP, Clive Lewis came along to find out more.
Chatty Bus was back
Chatty Bus stood proudly outside The Forum, encouraging people to get talking!More