A scheme to combat loneliness by bringing people together in an informal setting for a free cuppa and a chat has launched in Hertsmere.
Anyone who would like to meet someone new while enjoying a tea or coffee can drop into the borough’s first Chatter Table at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar on Wednesday 29 January. The initiative, which is organised by Hertsmere Borough Council in conjunction with InspireAll, is one of a number of initiatives run by the council to help tackle social isolation.
Loneliness has been the focus of a number of national and regional campaigns, including Reach Out, run by Team Herts Volunteering. Research has shown there is a link between loneliness and increased risk of dementia, heart disease and depression. Just getting out and having a friendly chat can make a big difference.
Chatter Table will also be running on Wednesday 12 February, Wednesday 11 March and Wednesday 22 April.
To find out more about Chatter Tables contact the council’s Community Engagement and Performance Officer Pam Cousins on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8207 7801.