The Chatty Cafe scheme has a simple idea: venues sign-up and designate a ‘Chatter and Natter’ table where people can sit if they’re happy to talk to each other.
Alex Hoskyn launched the scheme in response to her feelings of loneliness after the birth of her son. Her concept was simple: to create a welcoming environment in cafés with a “Chatter and Natter” table – not necessarily as a way of making friends, but just to inspire “good old-fashioned human interaction”. Anyone can join one of these tables, whether alone or in the company of a friend, a child, a grandparent or carer.
Kio Stark, author of “When Strangers Meet: How People You Don’t Know Can Transform You” explains “when you talk to strangers, you’re making beautiful interruptions into the expected narrative of your daily life – and theirs. In her TED talk she explores how the act of interacting with people you don’t know not only improves your mood but also boosts confidence and makes you feel human. “And you never know, you may well make a friend in the process,” she notes.
The goal of the scheme is for every cafe, coffee shop and community venue in the region to have a ‘Chatter and Natter’ table, and for local neighbourhoods to be at the heart of creating a less lonely, chattier region.
Charlie Groves launched the scheme today at Ivy House Kitchen and is hoping other businesses will follow suit.
Charlie Groves said: “I’m backing the Chatty Cafe scheme as I think it’s a fantastic way to help people connect with each other in the bright and friendly atmosphere of Ivy House.
Our local businesses have a really important role to play in helping to create friendly, chatty places, and I am sure the scheme will be a success at Groves.”
The scheme acknowledges the importance of human contact and how a friendly chat with someone new can make all the difference to your day. Let’s get Bridport chatting. For more information go to www.thechattycafescheme.co.uk or www.grovesnurseries.co.uk.