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The Friendly BenchⓇ recognised as part of Leicestershire's Friendly Communities Approach

In a world that often seems busier than ever, finding ways to connect with our local communities and combat the growing issue of loneliness has become increasingly vital. That's why we're thrilled to share some news about The Friendly BenchⓇ and its role in fostering friendly, inclusive environments across Leicestershire and beyond.

We are delighted to share that The Friendly BenchⓇ has been included in the Leicestershire County Council's 'Friendly Communities' approach. This comprehensive guide aims to empower communities throughout Leicestershire to collaborate on local initiatives, working together to create welcoming and inclusive spaces for everyone. The inclusion of The Friendly BenchⓇ in this approach speaks volumes about its effectiveness and the positive impact it has had on building stronger communities.

The brainchild of Lyndsey Young, The Friendly BenchⓇ has rapidly gained recognition for its ability to bring people together, reduce loneliness, and enhance overall wellbeing. By providing purposely designed outdoor social spaces for community members to gather, share stories, and create lasting connections, The Friendly BenchⓇ becomes a local focal point for fostering a sense of belonging and support.

One of the shining examples of The Friendly BenchⓇ's success is first ever The Friendly Bench based in Bottesford, Leicestershire, which was established in 2018. Since then, this vibrant community hub has become a haven for individuals seeking companionship, understanding, and a friendly face. The forthcoming visit by Juan Pardo and Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) to The Friendly Bench Bottesford highlights the commitment of The Friendly BenchⓇ to actively engage with the communities it serves.

Currently boasting 15 locations across the UK, The Friendly Bench Network™ is set to expand even further, with new The Friendly Benches on the horizon. This growth reflects the pressing need for such spaces in our modern society and emphasises the value of face-to-face interactions in an increasingly digital world.

The impact of The Friendly BenchⓇ cannot be overstated. By offering a safe space for people to meet, share experiences, and lend a listening ear, these The Friendly Benches play a crucial role in reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness. Furthermore, they contribute to overall mental and emotional wellbeing, as individuals find solace and camaraderie in the company of their neighbours and friends.

If you want to learn more about The Friendly BenchⓇ and how your community can become a part of our growing network, please get in touch via our Join Us page. Whether you're interested in starting a The Friendly BenchⓇ in your area or want to know more about our The Friendly Bench Pop-Up™ scheme we're here to support you every step of the way. Join us in creating a world where no one feels alone, and where every community has The Friendly BenchⓇ.

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