You will notice that a number of benches around the parish have been designated as ‘Happy to Chat benches’. Please do sit on them if you don’t mind someone stopping to say hello.
The aim is to combat loneliness, social isolation and improve mental health and wellbeing within our local communities by encouraging people to chat together, who otherwise may not have the opportunity to have a conversation.
The idea was the creation of a local resident who approached the Parish Council to help expand the scheme that is fast expanding world wide.
Sitting on benches allows people to spend longer outside, which is beneficial for mental health and helps connects people within communities. This connection is particularly important for people who might find social venues like cafes too expensive or too busy.
Remember not everyone has people to talk to in their lives and a brief, pleasant conversation may brighten someone’s day.