After the appearance of Alexandra Hoskyn, the founder of the Chatter and Natter scheme, on BBC Breakfast, there have been calls for cafes in Calderdale to join the scheme.
Alex speaks about what gave her the idea;
‘The scheme was created on a wet and windy day when I was in a supermarket café with my four month old son. He wasn’t great company and I was feeling fed up. I looked round the café and saw an elderly lady who looked just as down and a young guy with severe additional needs and his support. I started to think about the positive impact we could have on each other if we could all have a chat.
When you are feeling lonely, a short five minute interaction with another human can brighten your day. It was right there and then that the ‘Chatter & Natter’ table began… (in my head and dreams to start!) but now a reality.
A Chatter & Natter table creates a space for people to talk; whether its for literally five minutes while you drink a brew, or an hour of good conversation. We’re not trying to build friendships – just simple interactions to combat loneliness and to just maybe have a big impact on someone’s day.’
Currently many of the cafes with a Chatter and Natter table are in the Greater Manchester area but the idea is spreading.
To join the scheme you can either call on 07917 586160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org