KNIT and natter sessions at a Stockton Heath ice cream parlour are bringing the community together and helping to combat isolation.

The initiative has gone from strength to strength since being launched at Pure Indulgence, on London Road, at the beginning of the year.

Owner Helen Harvey, who opened the store in October 2014, admits she has been pleasantly surprised by the popularity of the project, which gives residents the chance to learn how to knit while socialising over a coffee and snack.

"We launched the knit and natter sessions in January and it has been great. They give people the chance to come in, relax and talk to each other," said the former Stockton Heath Primary School supply teacher.

"It has mainly been older people coming in but there is a mix. Beginners are welcome too – this is something we want to continue for a long time.

"When I opened up it was a goal of mine. I wanted it to be more than just a shop, I wanted it to be a community hub.

"We have got quite a few things going on so hopefully we can keep helping to bring the community together. I think these sessions can also reduce isolation."

The knit and natter sessions take place every Friday from 10am to noon.

For further information visit the Pure Indulgence Facebook page or call 552650.