A bright idea which occurred to Louise Kaye listening to a BBC Radio 4 programme about loneliness, has developed into a successful phenomenon – Cafe Conversations.
The idea is that rather than staring at your own four walls, twice a week, on Mondays at Avanti at Bedford Corner and on Wednesdays at the Grove Cafe in Grove Park, you should come and take part in a conversation.
This is not any old conversation you understand. Louise’s conversations aren’t about anything as mundane as the weather or as intrusive as yourself. Her cue cards, wielded by volunteer conversation starters, suggest topics on anything from ‘What is the most annoying habit that other people have?’ to the Meaning of Life. (You can pick the topic – you don’t just get stuck with one).
So far the sessions have been a resounding success, with up to 13 people turning up. People in other areas are beginning to take notice – there many be one soon in Richmond and she has been invited to talk about it in Cirencester. So Louise has set up a website with the ‘formula’ to help anyone who might like to start their own Cafe Conversation.
She swears it’s all quite self explanatory. You just have to look at the website: www.cafe-conversations.co.uk but if you would like to get in touch with her, to volunteer as a conversation starter or to ask more about it, you can do so through The Chiswick Calendar email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cafe Conversations in Chiswick are Mondays, from 3.00 – 5.00pm at Avanti, Bedford Park Corner and Wednesdays from 3.00 – 5.00pm at the Grove Cafe, Grove Park Rd.