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 South Cambs venues in Papworth and Trumpington are 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 to meet Dan and the other Chatty Café regulars – 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.

Papworth 
Held every Tuesday from 9.30am – 10.30am in the Courtyard Coffee Shop and Micropub in Papworth, the Chatter & Natter table is hosted by Dan, a local resident and volunteer. If you fancy a chat, head to the table with the yellow ‘Chat & Natter’ sign and Dan 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. Find out more about the Courtyard Coffee Shop on this link.

Trumpington 
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

The Courtyard Coffee Shop
Ermine Street North
Papworth Everard
Cambridge
CB23 3UY

Waitrose & Partners
Hauxton Road
Trumpington
Cambridge
CB2 9FT

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