Chatty Cafés

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The Chatty Café Scheme tackles loneliness through a network of 'Chatter & Natter' tables hosted by volunteers in a range of venues. There are also online Chatty Café sessions. In Cambridge, Waitrose Trumpington is part of the Scheme.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • it’s good to talk and meet other people – in person or online;
  • you can join in with the chat or just listen – Chatter & Natter tables are a friendly and supportive place to be on good days and bad;
  • you could consider becoming a ‘Chatter & Natter’ volunteer and host a table in a venue in your area.

“It was so nice – we talked about all sorts and it felt very relaxed and friendly.”

What to expect

Chatter & Natter tables are where people can sit if they are happy to talk to other people. Hundreds of venues offer Chatter & Natter tables, in cafes, pubs, libraries, hospitals – anywhere that people can sit and chat over a coffee.

Held every Monday from 10am – 11.30am in the Waitrose Café in Trumpington, the Chat & Natter table is hosted by Hazel, a friendly volunteer. If you fancy a chat, head to the table with the yellow ‘Chat & Natter’ sign and Hazel will be there to meet you. There’s a wide range of drinks and snacks for sale or you could even order breakfast but there’s no expectation you have to buy something if all you’d like is a chat.

More information

If you’d like to volunteer to set up and host a ‘Chatter & Natter’ table in a venue near you, then you can find out more on this link.

Online Chatty Café Sessions run two days a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1pm – 1.30pm. Anyone over 18 is welcome, there is no agenda – just chat and company. To request a Zoom link, email [email protected]

There are Chatty Café venues joining all the time, so do check for venues near you on this link.

Joining a Chatter & Natter table is free.

You may need to pay for drinks and refreshments at the venue.

How to contact

Where to go

Waitrose & Partners
50 Hauxton Road
Cambridge CB2 9FT

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