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 […]

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 […]

The Joy of Conversation

Have you ever considered the joy of conversation? Even a small exchange of words ‘morning how’s your day going?’ what a difference that can make to how you feel and how your day will go. Imagine a day with no exchange of words – some days we might long for this, (a bit of peace […]

The year that….

So its nearly the end of the year; a year that has changed my life in more ways than one. In January I got engaged and in just a few weeks there will be a wedding. Its been the year that a baby has turned into a little boy and we are finally moving our […]