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Chat Bench Signage

Age Friendly Ireland

Galway County Council Logo

Programme: Galway County

WHO Theme: Respect And Social Inclusion, Social Participation

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Positive Mental And Emotional Health, Staying Connected

Funding Stream: Community Resilience Fund Covid

Resources Required: Community Support, Financial

Cost: 500-1000


“Galway County Council to help encourage people to Stay Connected in a safe way during Covid 19 implemented Chat Bench Signage throughout County Galway to help encourage people to chat with one another in a safe environment. Chat Benches originated in the UK after a Detective Sergeant dealt with an elderly woman who had been defrauded of money by a con artist over the phone, and he found that she realized it was a deception but was so lonely and in need of human contact that she went along with the deception. To combat loneliness and isolation, certain benches in communities are designated as “Chat Benches” and remove the awkwardness of engaging a stranger in conversation. ”

Aim of Initiative

Who is it aimed at

Older People

Steps critical to success

  1. Promotion of initiative
  2. Participation from public
  3. Promotion of initiative

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. Participation from the public to get involved
  2. n/a
  3. n/a

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. Sense of feeling connected
  2. Reduce isolation and loneliness
  3. N/A

Evaluation / Report:

Andrew McBride //