We believe having a chat can brighten your day
Chatty Cafe aims to get people chatting and reduce loneliness. We help keep communities connected by building social interactions.
The Chatty Café Scheme aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness by encouraging and creating opportunities for people to interact through conversation.
A growing, global community
The Chatty Cafe Scheme already runs in six countries and we’re planning on many more!
What they say
“I don’t consider myself isolated, but I’m looking forward to going to one of these, just to chat to people I don’t normally chat to, and be part of the escape from the ‘glued-to-a-screen’ culture”Jane Dent, United Kingdom
“We understand the importance of conversation and we want to help make it as simple as possible for our customers to open up, have a friendly chat and bring local people together within our stores.”Victoria Moorhouse, Head of Sustainability at Costa Coffee
“Chatty Café is a fantastic initiative that we are very proud to be involved with.”Victoria Moorhouse, Head of Sustainability at Costa Coffee
“We’re not a social-work charity, that’s not what we do, but I think we absolutely have a role in connecting people, in supporting wellbeing, in giving people good healthy lives.”John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Culture and Engagement, The National Trust
“We know from our Living Well Index that community connections are a key driver of helping people to live well. We hope that by bringing people together at our Chatter & Natter/Talking Tables, we can utilise the potential of our store-space to help people be better connected to the communities they live and work in.”Judith Batchelar, Director of Sainsbury’s Brand.
“My goal is for every high street coffee shop in the region to have a Chatter & Natter table, and for our local business to be at the heart of creating a less lonely, chattier region.”Mayor of the West Midlands, West Midlands Combined Authority
“In this age of social media it’s so important to make an effort to talk to others face to face. So for those who would like a bit of real social interaction simply sit at a ‘Chatter & Natter’ table at Squire’s and you can talk to other customers. I believe a short conversation with another human can really brighten your day. Everyone’s welcome, and it’s a great way to meet people in your local community.”Sarah Squire, Chairman of Squire’s Garden Centres
“As owners of a café open during Covid, so many customers have now thanked us for staying open and how important it has been to them to be able to chat with us and other customers while they waited for their orders – we never realized before how important our role is in connecting the local community”Yves & Kaz, Éclair Boulangerie Patisserie, Hampton St, Hampton, Australia
“Suburban café success is based on being connected with the local community. In return, it is important that we actively participate in, or give back to, our community whenever we can. Providing a table for a few hours a week to a scheme such as “Chatty Café” is a simple yet wonderful way to engage further with our local community”Evan Packer, Paperboy Coffee Bar, Hampton St, Hampton, Australia