Dewsbury and District Hospital have introduced a ‘chatter and natter’ table in their volunteer café located in the main Ridings Hospital building.
The aim of the chatter and natter table is to reduce loneliness and get people talking. The initiative helps create a safe place for people to chat and interact with others.
The ‘chatter and natter’ concept is part of the ‘Chatty Café’ scheme, conceived by Alexandra Hoskyn in 2017. This was launched after Ms Hoskyn saw an elderly lady sitting alone in a supermarket café and has been adopted across the country by more than 100 independent cafes.
Vikki Padgett, Head of Voluntary Services at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, who led the introduction of the scheme to the volunteer café at Dewsbury Hospital said; “The chatter and natter table is a fantastic initiative that we are very proud to be involved with. We have a great sense of community here in Dewsbury and hope that our new table will bring local people together.”
Vikki added; “Café volunteers already have a pastoral aspect to their role, welcoming patients and visitors with a friendly smile and conversation. I believe the chatter and natter table will add to our great volunteer service.”
Ms Hoskyn, said; “I am thrilled that the Voluntary Services team at Dewsbury and District Hospital have introduced the scheme to their café, it is great to have their support and I look forward to supporting them in the future.”