Community wardens help launch chatty café

Published: Friday, 15th June 2018

The Royal Borough’s community wardens are throwing their support behind a new scheme to help vulnerable and isolated residents reconnect with their communities.

They will be helping launch a Chatter and Natter scheme, starting with a series of sessions across Windsor.

First launched in the north-east of England, the project seeks to open up cafés and other public places into a safe space for elderly or isolated residents to meet up with a friendly face and talk over a hot drink.

Cllr Jesse Grey, cabinet member for environmental services (inc. parking and flooding), said: “Our community wardens play a hugely important role in helping to keep our communities safe but they also do a lot of work to make sure vulnerable and isolated residents can connect with those around them.

“The Chatter and Natter scheme is a wonderful way of getting people who might otherwise be alone to meet up in a safe and friendly environment.

“Having our wardens in attendance as well makes this an even better opportunity as they are great at pointing residents towards the wide range of services on offer that could help them in other ways too.”

The first Chatter and Natter table will run from 12pm-1.30pm on Wednesday 20 June 2018 at the Tree House Café in Victoria Street, Windsor and will be held weekly during term time.  A second Chatter and Natter table will run every Thursday morning at the United Reformed Church in William Street, Windsor from 10.30am-12pm starting on Thursday 21 June 2018.

It is hoped that the project can expand to other venues across the borough in the near future.  Anyone interested in hosting a Chatter and Natter table should contact community warden Tiia Stephens on [email protected]

Cllr Samantha Rayner, cabinet member for culture and communities, added: “I hope that this opportunity to invite people to get together to chat might encourage residents to come.  Our community wardens are incredibly friendly so I’m sure this first session will provide lots of chatter.  Making new friends is wonderful at any age. 

“There are lots of ways to make friends and talk to people throughout the Royal Borough and this adds beautifully to our wide range of offers.  No one should feel lonely and isolated so please reach out, we want to make a borough for everyone to be happy and healthy.”

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