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Chat Mats: a simple way everyone can help end loneliness

Have you ever sat in a coffee shop and struck up a conversation with someone on the next table? In a world where people check their mobile phones an average of 85 times a day and spend more than eight hours a day on an electronic device, the more traditional ways of communicating seem to be getting lost.

Coffee Companions is aiming to change this. This new initiative uses ‘Chat Mats’ to indicate whether someone is happy to ‘Say hello and have a chat’ or ‘Not today, maybe another time’.

Supported by Friends of the Elderly, the goal is to bring people together and support those experiencing loneliness. Chat Mats can be used by anyone who wants to join someone for a chat and be reassured that they aren’t intruding.

Please click here to find out more.


Posted on 31st August 2016 in Resources