Aylsham has officially been declared Broadland’s first ‘mindful town’.

The designation is part of a district council project to support people suffering from mental health issues.

Councillor Natasha Harpley, Broadland’s cabinet member for communities and housing, said it meant people in Aylsham could become certified ‘wellbeing champions’ by taking part in free training sessions being offered in a Mindful Towns and Villages project.

Ms Harpley said: “Our initiative aims to help facilitate a compassionate and understanding community that not only acknowledges the struggles people face but actively works to uplift and support them. 

“Our amazing wellbeing champions are equipped to support people and help them navigate life's challenges with care and empathy, ensuring that no one has to face their mental health issues alone.”

The project aims to raise awareness of mental health issues, challenge stigmas and ensure mental health support is available in places of work and across the community. 

Earlier this year Aylsham had been named 'the best place to live' in Norfolk by both the Sunday Times and Muddy Stilletos

Community groups, businesses or organisations can also request training online at www.southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk/communities/mindful-towns-villages.