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Posted on 14 July 2023

Friday 14 July 2023

Mayor Of Brighton Opens Inaugural Local Chatty Café Scheme Aimed @ Reducing Loneliness By Encouraging People To Talk

Brand Sixteen has joined The Chatty Cafe Scheme in reducing loneliness to get people chatting!

The inaugural session was opened by The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Cllr Jackie O’Quinn.

The Chatty Café is a great way of encouraging people to talk to others. The scheme is the brainchild of Alexandra Hoskyn, who founded it after a miserable day at a supermarket café with her infant son, where she noticed that no one was talking to each other. 

She found that by simply putting Chatter & Natter signs on tables in cafes it created a space for people to talk.

A Chatter & Natter table brings people together and everyone is invited!

Who can join in? 

Anyone… if you’re on your own, in a couple, with a friend, if you’re a carer why not sit there with who you care for, mums and babies, dads and babies, grandparents and babies, young people, older people and anyone in between! 

It’s a great way to meet new people in your community.

What do I do?

When you are deciding where to sit, look for the Chatter & Natter table and sit there! 

Stay for five minutes while you have your drink or longer. It’s not about making life-long friends, just having good old fashioned human interaction!

It’s official! 

The Chatty Cafe Scheme is reducing loneliness and social isolation by getting

people chatting! Coventry University have published their May 2022 initial report and the key findings are that 100% of Chatter & Natter table users said it made them feel less lonely and socially isolated. 

The Chatty Café Scheme commented

“The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted those experiencing loneliness and we know that simply having a chat can brighten someone’s day.”

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by: Mike Cobley