Friendly Café Scheme launched to reduce loneliness and social isolation

A new scheme that is aimed at reducing loneliness and social isolation has recently been launched at BAP and Trisians Family Restaurant.

This scheme was the idea of Andy Smith from Bury. On visiting several cafes, he noticed that lots of people use the cafes as a social outlet but sit alone at their table. Andy thought that if there was a scheme in place that made it easier for people to talk and sit together, they would be more inclined to do so. This was where the scheme began.

The Friendly Café Scheme allows people the chance to have a drink and a chat with someone else in the same position.

How does it work?

  1. Visit one of the cafes listed below at the times stated
  2. Make a purchase
  3. Ask the staff for a “friendly café” sign.
  4. Place the sign on your table and wait for people to join you
  5. Alternatively, after your purchase, sit with someone who is already displaying a “friendly café” sign and introduce yourself. Don’t be afraid, if a sign is displayed, the person wants to chat.

These cafes have kindly agreed to take part in this pilot which is aimed at reducing social isolation and loneliness and is open to anyone aged 18 or over.

So why not go along and meet someone new!

Friendly Café Scheme launched to reduce loneliness and social isolation