What is The Friendly Bench™?
connecting people, connecting places, connecting with nature
The Friendly Bench™ are innovative outdoor social spaces designed to connect people to each other, places and with nature.
Specifically designed, The Friendly Bench™ are safe, easily accessible mini-community gardens with integrated seating situated within communities for people to meet, chat and connect.
The Friendly Bench™ are also active, social hubs where free activities and events are regularly held to encourage everyone to get involved and feel valued.
Every The Friendly Bench™, wherever it is based in the country, aims to reduce social isolation, increase community cohesion and help reconnect people back to their own community.
The Friendly Bench™ can positively improve a community's quality of life.
"The Friendly Bench™ is such a creative but wonderfully simple idea to help combat loneliness. It was by far one of my favourite schemes to hear about during my time as Minister, not least because it seems an incredibly cost effective way of creating connections within a micro-community. I would love to see many more Friendly Benches across the country."
Tracey Crouch MP for Chatham & Aylesford,
Former Minister for Loneliness
The Friendly Bench™ has been featured in the media, including the following publications.
To find out more about The Friendly Bench™ and how you can join our network, fill in the form below or call Lyndsey on 07875 719849.