What is The Chatty Café Scheme?
The Chatty Café Scheme encourages cafes and other venues such as pubs, libraries and community centres to designate a Chatter & Natter table. This is where customers can sit if they are happy to talk to other customers. It’s a simple concept and our aims are to get people chatting and in turn reduce loneliness, because we believe having a chat can brighten your day!
What happens at a Chatter & Natter table?
The Chatter & Natter table is for anyone, whether you’re on your own, in a group, with friends or family. A Chatter & Natter table is where customers can sit if they are happy to talk to other people, whether you stay for five minutes over a cup of tea, or a few hours with a leisurely lunch. The Chatty Café scheme was started to help bring people together and start up conversations.
How do I take part / sit at a Chatter & Natter table?
When you are deciding where to sit, look for the Chatter & Natter table and sit there! Stay for five minutes while you have your drink or longer. It’s not about making friends, just having good old-fashioned human interaction!
I am a venue – how do I offer a Chatter & Natter table?
There are so many reasons to join our scheme and offer a Chatter & Natter table at your venue!
We are looking for independent cafes, supermarket cafes, community cafes, large and small cafes, libraries, pubs and more to get involved so that just maybe we can make the Chatter & Natter table a part of everyday café culture.
For venues, it is entirely up to you when you have a Chatter & Natter table. Designating a table for as little as one hour per week to all day every day is fine You know your customers better than anyone. When you have decided, all you do is pop the sign on a table of your choice on that day/s and time/s. This will let customers know it is a Chatter & Natter table.
We believe that sometimes you have to just let things be, and it can take time for people to get their head around something new. All we ask is that you consistently designate a table when you say you will and let staff know what it’s all about.
Still not convinced? Check out loads of inspirational stories from our testimonials, our blog or watch videos on our YouTube channel.
We are proud to partner with Costa Coffee as our 1st UK National Partner for the Chatty Cafe Scheme.
Costa became a partner of The Chatty Café Scheme in 2018 and there are now over 440 Costa Coffee shops taking part. Costa has won a number of awards from our collaboration and tell us it is their most successful community partnership to date.
If you are a Costa Coffee Shop and wish to join, please contact your Head Office sustainability department and they will send you your Chatty Café pack to get started.
To find your nearest Costa Coffee shop, please click here.