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Chatty benches combat isolation and loneliness in the UK

Benches encourage those who sit to engage each other in conversation.


Chatty benches combat isolation and loneliness in the UK

Our Property Management team placed two “Chatty Benches” in Coventry Skydome and Orchard Brae House, in collaboration with Sovereign Assist, a retiree assistance service, to reduce feelings of loneliness within their communities.

These benches encourage those who sit to engage each other in conversation. The hope is to help make a difference for the estimated 1.2 million older adults in the UK facing chronic loneliness, heightened by the pandemic.

The benches offer a safe space for people to connect, converse with one another, and hopefully build new friendships, especially amongst older community members.