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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 […]

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 […]

Update (and lots of thanks)

As the title says we’ve got a lot to update you on and we are pleased to say that its all good 🙂 Tameside Council has given us some immense coverage by telling Council and health staff all about us and they have also sent out information to residents. Oldham Council has also been fantastic, putting […]

Homelessness & Loneliness

Last weekend I was in Windsor; a city full of history, beautiful buildings and full of tourists admiring the castle and watching the changing of the guards. There was lots to see and take in but the resounding memory that I find myself reflecting on over and over is that of homelessness. Walking up the […]

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