The Chatty Café Scheme seeks volunteers to expand its reach in Lincolnshire
A national charity is looking for volunteers in Lincolnshire to help tackle the increased problem of loneliness.
Loneliness is an issue that affects individuals across all ages and backgrounds. In an effort to combat this problem, the Chatty Café Scheme, a national charity dedicated to tackling loneliness, has been organizing regular community get-togethers in cafes, pubs, libraries, and community centres.
With over 800 events already in operation across the country, the scheme aims to provide a welcoming space for people to connect and engage with one another.
Under the Chatty Café Scheme, participating venues agree to set aside a few tables for several hours on a regular basis, creating a safe and inclusive environment for individuals to come together.
Volunteers play a crucial role in welcoming people and facilitating conversations, ensuring that everyone feels heard and valued.
Sadly, there are thousands of people in Lincolnshire including Skegness, Grimsby, Scunthorpe, Boston, and Lincoln who suffer from Loneliness. During COVID, those people who did not have a companion had to go through the pandemic with no one to talk to.
Mary Barlow, who runs a Chatty Café in Long Bennington, near Grantham, describes the experience as a “joy to engage with people.”
This sentiment is echoed by Louise Baker, the owner of Baker’s at Sixty-two, the venue that hosts a local weekly scheme. According to Louise, the community’s response to the Chatty Café has been overwhelmingly positive, with smiles and friendly conversations filling the establishment.
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