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Guest Blog by John Whatmore: Costa’s Chatty Café scheme: a ‘water cooler’ for business nurseries

Costa’s Chatty Café scheme: a ‘water cooler’ for business nurseries Learning from each other’s experience plays a big part in Incubators and Accelerators, so I am often surprised that some of them have no cafeteria-type space for encouraging participants to meet and hob-nob with one another; and others make poor use of such spaces. Costa […]

21 venues in Gibraltar join the scheme!

We are so pleased to tell you that 21 venues in Gibraltar now have a Chatter & Natter table! Thank you to GibSams who have made this happen. For a full list of participating places in Gibraltar please click here…… 

Keeping It Real

The Chatty Café Scheme is a positive movement that exists to bring people together and in doing so reduce loneliness. It is all about good vibes and happy thoughts but this last week we have been thinking more along the lines of ‘keeping it real’. Recently we have shared a few social media posts like […]

Is It Making Any Money?

There are some people in my life who when talking to me about the scheme will ask the question, ‘is it making any money?’. This question has the ability to both annoy and intrigue me because when I answer that it is not a money making thing they look uncomfortable and change the subject. The […]

The Peripheral Person

I’ve just returned from a fantastic holiday in Tenerife. The sun was shining, I ate my own bodyweight in food, drank mojitos and came home feeling relaxed. I’ve been to Tenerife before and each time there has always been African men selling faux designer bags, Chinese men and women throwing little plastic toys in the […]

Mental Health & Loneliness

This week is Mental Health Awareness week and it has got me thinking about the connection between mental health and loneliness. For me, I know that being busy contributes to me having positive mental health and that is partly why I started this scheme, because I needed the quiet times to be occupied. It’s strange […]

Where do we go from here…

It’s been nearly a year since we started The Chatty Café Scheme and it is fair to say a lot has happened. The Government have appointed a Minister for loneliness on the back of the Jo Cox Commission but its still early days so it will be interesting to see what comes of that. We […]

Just

A lot has happened since the last blog; a wedding for which the sun shone, the end of life for a little ray of sunshine and so much more which feels so insignificant when there is a death. But yet out of sadness can come the opportunity to do something that matters and so maybe […]

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