By Gail McKay

The scheme is the brainchild of Alexandra Hoskyn, who founded it after a miserable day at a supermarket café with her infant son, where she noticed that no one was talking to each other. She found that by simply putting ‘Chatter & Natter’ signs on tables in cafes it created a space for people to talk.

Who can join in?

Anyone… if you’re on your own, in a couple, with a friend, if you’re a carer why not sit there with who you care for, mums and babies, dads and babies, grandparents and babies, young people, older people and anyone in between! It’s a great way to meet new people in your community.

What do I do?

When you are deciding where to sit, look for the Chatter & Natter table and sit there! Stay for five minutes while you have your drink or longer. It’s not about making life-long friends, just having good old fashioned human interaction!

The aim of the Chatter & Natter tables is to continue to help communities connect and combat loneliness by working closely with venues throughout the country to raise awareness of the scheme and encourage cafes; pubs; garden centres; libraries; Universities, to open their doors and provide spaces for members of the public to sit and chat together.

The scheme’s founder, Alex Hoskyn, was awarded an OBE in 2021 for services to tackling loneliness.

Look out for the ‘Chatter & Natter table’ every Thursday.

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