HWC adviser Nikki, discovers Chatty Bench

Our Health Works Adviser, Nikki recently discovered the ‘chatty bench’ in Bude.

In October 2020, Bude and Stratton Town Council were approached by a local resident with an idea to install ‘chatty benches’ around the area.

The benches would serve as a place where people can go and sit and don’t mind others sitting for a chat as well. Locations for the benches were identified by public consultation over the winter. The Council have been pleased to say that the bench plaques are now in place across three sites; the Triangle, the flag pole on Summerleaze Down and in front of the Castle grounds. For those with smartphones, QR codes on the plaques will take users to the mental health support pages on the Town Council website. The page has useful support for all ages, including young people and contacts for further additional support locally and nationally.

A spokesperson from BSTC said: “Thank you to the community for bringing this idea to our attention and sharing your views on suitable locations, it shows what fantastic things can be achieved for our community when we all work together.”

Do you have a health condition (it does not have to be diagnosed)? Are you looking at taking the next steps forward into employment but not sure where to start?

Would you like someone to chat to, to find a way forward?  Our HealthWorks Adviser Nikki can help!

Get in touch to find out more: Nikki 07909 933721 nicola.speer@cswgroup.co.uk

The Health Works for Cornwall project is part funded by the European Social Fund, with Cornwall Council being principal match funders. The aim of the project to support 5500 residents of Cornwall and the Isles of Scillies, who are out of work and have a health-related barrier to employment to move closer towards or into employment.