Stopping to Chat and Natter

Manchester is in the lead when it comes to innovative ideas for older people.  It’s strategy is to make life as enjoyable and inclusive for them, and everyone else.  It comes up with new ideas and events all the time.

One of its latest ideas is the Chat and Natter Table. Its website says*, ‘A Chatter & Natter table is where customers can sit if they are happy to talk to other customers.

‘We are looking for supermarket cafes, community cafes, large and small cafes to get involved so that just maybe we can make the Chatter & Natter table a part of everyday café culture.

‘A Chatter & Natter table brings people together and everyone is invited! If you’re on your own, in a couple, with a friend, if you’re a carer why not sit there with who you care for, mums and babies, dads and babies, grandparents and babies, young people, older people and anyone in between!

‘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!’

Isn’t that a brilliant idea?  It could work all over the world.  Owners could advertise ‘a Chat and Natter Table Inside’ and it would draw shoppers, mums, workers popping out for lunch, all sorts of people!

Perhaps you could put the idea out to cafes you know?



Louise Morse

Louise Morse MA (CBT) is media and external relations manager for the Pilgrims’ Friend Society. She is a writer and speaker, and author of books on issues of old age, including dementia, published by Lion Monarch and SPCK. She is a cognitive behavioural therapist, and her Masters’ dissertation examined the effects of caring for a loved one with dementia on close relatives.

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