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Fancy a free coffee? New well-being cafe on Yarmouth beach aims to get people talking

PUBLISHED: 16:45 13 September 2017

Simon Risi and his not-for-profit company Top Banana are hosting weekly well-being sessions on Yarmouth prom, using coffee culture to bring people together. Photo: Simon Risi

Simon Risi and his not-for-profit company Top Banana are hosting weekly well-being sessions on Yarmouth prom, using coffee culture to bring people together. Photo: Simon Risi

Simon Risi

The nation’s coffee habit is being used to kickstart a new project in Great Yarmouth.

Simon Risi has been awarded £10,000 to host an outdoor well-being cafe to help people from all walks of life to connect with each other.

He hopes everyone from dog-walkers to visitors to the homeless will stop for a free coffee - and stay for the chat.

A series of optional activities is also planned from beach yoga to ball games.

The cafe is behind The Waterways by the beach every Tuesday 2-4pm.

Mr Risi, 45, from Cobholm, has been involved in a string of community projects and said he was keen to set up in public open spaces to help combat social isolation.

His project was different because it didn’t target one group.

Reaching out to people from all walks of life and bringing them together was his main aim, and having his own mobile coffee business he had seen, first hand, how coffee helped people to connect and possibly drive social change.

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