The Chatty Cafe Scheme


The scheme was created on a wet and windy day when I was in a supermarket café with my four month old son.  He wasn’t great company at that age and I was feeling fed up. I looked round the café and saw an elderly lady who looked just as down as me and a young guy with severe additional needs with his support worker. I started to think about the positive impact we could all have on each other if we could all have a chat.

I know from experience that when you are feeling lonely, a short  interaction with another human can really brighten your day.

It was right there and then that the ‘Chatter & Natter’ table began (in my head and dreams to start!) but now it’s a reality. There are now over 400 cafes!

A Chatter & Natter table creates a space for people to talk; whether it is for five minutes while you drink a brew, or an hour of good conversation. We’re not trying to build friendships – just simple interactions to combat loneliness and to just maybe have a big impact on someone’s day.

Although the aims of the scheme are to reduce loneliness and get people chatting we decided not to use the word loneliness on any of the publicity that is displayed in cafes.

Instead it is all very positive and focuses on bringing people of all ages and from all walks of life together.

Did you know a recent survey found that over 75% of us would like more real-life conversations.