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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 […]

Guest Blog: Cycling Without Age

Cycling Without Age – Trafford Three women in Trafford, Greater Manchester have set up a voluntary community group called Cycling Without Age Trafford (CWA Trafford). You may have heard about Cycling Without Age through social media or on the Pride of Britain awards, or watched Fraser Johnston in his BBC Three documentary (http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/clip/63c3faf8-bb2a-4b8d-a072-a3b5cace5597). Cycling Without […]

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 […]