Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award

The Prime Minister’s daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making a change in their community. Alex Hoskyn the scheme’s founder, was chosen on Blue Monday for the positive changes to loneliness that the scheme has brought to the UK. In a personal letter to Alex, Prime Minister Boris […]

Social Isolation

As part of a competition we are involved in called “Tech to Connect” I have been looking into the differences between social isolation and loneliness. The competition is focused on reducing social isolation in England and its interesting to know that it is quite a different issue to loneliness – even though the two often […]

Strangers then friends

Blogs can be really hard to write, you don’t know whether to go deep and meaningful or light and breezy. You think of ideas when driving, at work; all times you forget or can’t write the idea down then when you try and remember.. poof its gone. I think for today I am going to […]

New addition to the Chatty Cafe Team

Hi everyone, I am Jenny, Alex’s sister, and I can now announce after months of helping out, that I’m officially on the team! I started out in January assisting Alex (who is a full time social worker) with the scheme. I recall it only taking me a few hours a day to get through everything […]

Nesta Tech to Connect

We are thrilled to announce we have been selected as one of the top 10 finalists in the Nesta Tech to Connect Challenge! Nesta and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have launched the challenge to support charities, social enterprises, and social tech ventures across England to tackle social isolation using technology. Wish […]


In my day job I’m a social worker, a profession that embeds reflective practice in everything we do. We are encouraged to reflect on our assessments, conversations, how we handle situations, our training; pretty much every element of our work. I find reflection a useful tool and can feel quite enlightened when I think back […]