Chatter & Natter
The Chatty Café Scheme was set up by Alexandra Hoskyns in 2017 to reduce loneliness and social isolation. magnet editor Clare O’Driscoll talks to Alexandra’s sister, Jenny Bimpson
How did the Chatty Café Scheme begin?
My sister Alex was in her local Sainsbury’s café with my fourmonth-old nephew feeling a bit out of the loop of life. She didn’t want to go to any more baby groups. She looked around and saw an elderly gentleman, an elderly lady and someone with a carer – all of whom might appreciate a conversation over a cuppa. It’s not about swapping numbers and lifelong friendship, just about that human interaction while you have a cup of coffee and a cake. She printed some information and went to local cafés in our home town (Oldham) and was really surprised when they agreed. Now it’s grown to over 1400 venues including in Gibraltar, Poland, Canada and Australia.
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