Get answers to our frequently asked questions

If your question is not answered here just contact us and we’ll be more than happy to provide some personal help.

  • It is entirely up to you when you have a Chatter & Natter table. Designating a table for as little as one hour per week to all day every day is fine You know you’re customers better than anyone.

    When you have decided, all you do is pop the sign on a table of your choice on that day/s and time/s. This will let customers know it is a Chatter & Natter table.

    We believe that sometimes you have to just let things be, and it can take time for people to get their head around something new. All we ask is that you consistently designate a table when you say you will and let staff know what it’s all about.

  • In a nutshell, it doesn’t. The contents of the pack, plus postage and the costs of admin, maintaining the website, etc are only just covered by the annual fee. We ask for the nominal fee to keep the scheme sustainable. We receive funding and grants that allow us to grow and improve how we run the scheme.

  • When you search for a location, google will search for venues from the centre of that area. For example, if you type in Manchester then click search, it will search within 5km of the centre of Manchester. You would need to increase the radius to find places outside of the inner city centre, or be more specific with where you are searching.

  • Although there are now lots of Chatter & Natter tables, there are still lots of parts of the UK with no cafes involved. If you think a local venue might be interested then either pass the name and location of the café to us via the contact page of the website or go and tell them to visit the website!

  • You will receive a very lovingly put together pack which contains 2 table talkers, 2 A4 posters, leaflets and door/window stickers.

    You will also see your venue listed on this website and across our social media.

    Having your venue on the website means that more customers will find out about you and it shows you care about the community. You will also receive four email newsletters per year and instantly become part of a national scheme to reduce loneliness and get people talking!

  • Simply email jenny@thechattycafescheme.co.uk for the zoom link and to arrange a time to have a practise with us. It’s very easy to use after a few tries.

  • We are offering weekly phone calls for anyone over 18 who is experiencing loneliness and/or social isolation and is unable to visit their local Chatter & Natter table or access the online Virtual Chatty Cafes. We take referrals from Social Prescribing/Link Worker teams across the UK and then we arrange for volunteers to call people every week, at the same time, for a chat. For more information, please email jenny@thechattycafescheme.co.uk.