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Share My Table scheme launches in Colchester

Colchester Borough Council's new Happy to Share My Table scheme aims to tackle loneliness

Happy to Share My Table

Colchester Borough Council is launching the Happy to Share My Table scheme on Monday 13 January.

The scheme aims to tackle social isolation by encouraging people to strike up a conversation with others in a café setting. A variety of venues across our borough have signed up to be part of the pilot. They will have branded table cards in their venue - if someone is sitting alone, they can display their card and invite someone to join them and say hello. The scheme has worked well in other parts of the UK, and we hope that this will have a positive impact in our neighbourhoods and benefit Colchester residents. 

Cafes involved in the project are:

Venue Ward Address
Leisure World Coffee Shop Castle Cowdray Avenue, Colchester CO1 1YN
The Lion Café Bar & Bistro Castle 14 Red Lion Yard, Colchester CO1 1DX
Loofers Food and Coffee Shop Castle 1 Culver Street West, Colchester CO1 1JG
Patisserie Valerie Castle 41 Sir Isaac's Walk, Colchester CO1 1JJ
Cafe Nero Castle 6 Culver Street West, Colchester CO1 1JG
Cafe Saison Castle 24 Trinity St, Colchester CO1 1JN
Greenstead Community Centre Greenstead Hawthorn Avenue, Colchester CO4 3QE
Highwoods Country Park Visitors Centre Highwoods Vistors Centre, Turner Road, Colchester CO4 5JR
The Oak Tree Coffee House Highwoods Unit 4, Highwoods Square, Colchester CO4 9BB
Harris & Hoole Highwoods Tesco Extra, Highwoods Square, Colchester CO4 9ED
GO4 Cafe Old Heath & Hythe The Old Pavillion, Recreation Road, Colchester CO1 2HE
Kingsland Church Prettygate 86 London Rd, Colchester CO3 9DW
Jam Jar Coffee Shop Rowhedge Crows Nest Courtyard, 1 Regent Street, Colchester CO5 7EA
CESSAC Community Cafe Shrub End Army Welfare Service Building, Fallowfield Road, Colchester CO2 9ND
Stanway Garden Centre Stanway 342 London Road, Stanway, Colchester CO3 8LT
Forget Me Not Tea Rooms Tiptree Tom's Farm Shop, Maldon Road, Tiptree CO5 0QA
The Exchange Tiptree 33a Church Road, Tiptree, Colchester CO5 0SU
The Blackwater Pearl West Mersea & Pyefleet 122A Coast Road, Colchester CO5 8PA
Maria's Tea Room West Mersea & Pyefleet Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea, Colchester CO5 8SX
Art Café West Mersea & Pyefleet 2 Coast Road, West Mersea, Colchester CO5 8QE
Blues Cafe Wivenhoe University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ

If your café or coffee house would like to be involved, or if you have any questions, please contact siobhan.mcleod@colchester.gov.uk  

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