Chatty Bus returns for Blue Monday
2 weeks ago
Chatty Bus is back!
We're continuing our efforts in the fight against loneliness and social isolation by bringing back Chatty Bus, a project encouraging passengers to talk to someone new on the bus.
- Two in three people admit to feeling lonely.
- Three in ten people can go at least one day a week without speaking to anyone close to them.
- One in three people deliberately catch buses to have some human contact.
On so-called “Blue Monday” 20 January – which has been labelled the most depressing day of the year – we sent out 50 chatty bus ambassadors on the buses to chat to people, distribute ‘happy to chat’ badges, and raise awareness of the problems of loneliness.
On the day, the chatty bus ambassadors were out for most of the morning covering routes to and from Hull, Hessle, Cottingham, Willerby, Longhill and Anlaby.
We've also got information on this page which might be useful if you, or someone you know, is suffering from loneliness or social isolation, including local organisations who can help you become more involved in the community.
The Blue Monday event follows the successful inaugural Chatty Bus day last year, when 50 buses across the region became ‘chatty buses’ for the day.
Suffering from loneliness, or want to help someone who is? Here are some places who can help.
Hull Talking Tables
Drop in at a cafe or community centre that has Talking Tables - a place to chat. Find a Talking Tables venue near you.
For Hull residents: Hull Connect to Support
Find information and advice to help you make choices about your life and how you live it, and connect to local groups and activities through their community directory. Find out more by visiting hull.connecttosupport.org.
For Hull residents: Connect Well
Refer yourself to Connect Well to get a one-to-one appointment with a Wellbeing Advisor, who can assist you to access support and guidance and point you in the direction of groups where you can try something new. Contact 01482 217670 or visit Hull Connect Well.
For East Riding residents: Community Links & Health Trainers
Find help to make a positive lifestyle change through individual, personalised support, helping with social isolation, health issues and mental wellbeing. Contact 0800 9177752 to find out more or visit the Health Trainers website.
For North Yorkshire residents: Living Well
Living Well aims to improve the health and wellbeing of adults, supporting you to find solutions to your goals. Find out more by ringing 01609 780780 and asking for the ‘Living Well Service’ or visiting the Living Well webpage.
Men In Sheds have loads of activities to help you meet new people.
- Find out more about their group in Hull.
- Find out more about their group in Withernsea.
- Find out more about their group in Holme on Spalding Moor.
- Find out more about their group in Bridlington.
- Find out more about their group in Scarborough.
If going to a group feels scary, try an online peer support group such as Elefriends.
Going through some tough times, or find that things are getting to you and you’re struggling to cope? Call the Samaritans free at any time from any phone on 116 123. They're available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Find out more on the Samaritans website.