Chat Central

During this time of Covid-19 and closures of social meeting places, it is even more important that we keep trying to find ways to keep connected and not let anyone fall into increasing isolation and loneliness. Currently most of our activities are on-line, but we are planning to meet up again outside this month from 12th April for walks and coffee and chat.

Helping to combat loneliness and isolation in Coventry. 

If you want to take part in any of the activities as a participant and/or a volunteer – please do let us know and we will keep you informed. Are you living with loneliness or social isolation - or know someone who is?

We can help connect with local community and meet new friends.

Chat Central is a project that aims to help people to find others with similar interests, to have fun, to join in with a hobby, to get involved with their community and to find new friends, tackling loneliness and isolation in all its forms in Coventry.

If you are a charity or organisation and would like to refer someone to us, please contact us at chatcentral@vacoventry.org.uk.  When referring someone to us, please ensure that you have their consent in doing so.

How we can help?

We will help people to explore their interests and start doing the things they want to do. This might be:

  • meeting new friends
  • rediscovering your interests or finding new ones
  • building your confidence
  • volunteering

Our support will be tailored to the person’s needs and can be anything from a one off visit to us for information to longer term support.

We have a range of activities including coffee morning drop-in, arts and crafts, dancing, Culture Club and chair yoga. We review our activities monthly, therefore our activities can be subject to change.  For the full range of activities that we do, email us to get our monthly newsletter

Who we can help? We can help people anyone in Coventry who is 18 or over who feels isolated or alone. For example you may be:

  • bereaved
  • retired
  • a new parent
  • just out of hospital
  • dealing with an illness or condition that limits your ability to get out
  • recently arrived in the city

From Thursday 2nd Sept  - Active Central will be meeting on Thursdays at The Warwick Road United Reformed Church’s large room between 1.15pm and 3pm.

These are community sessions aimed at getting Coventry adults healthier and beating social isolation. We are getting people together to combat some of the barriers that stop people making positive changes. We will offer a coffee morning run by volunteers with either chair yoga, some gentle exercise, healthy eating tips and the following activities:

2nd Sept – launch party

16th Sept - Bingo and prizes

30th Sept – Percussion and singing

14th Oct - Bingo and prizes

28th Oct – Diwali festival of light theme

11th Nov - Bingo and prizes

25th Nov – Craft, gift making

9th Dec - Christmas wish theme

Contact Nicky on: 

Tel: 07541 343491

Email: n.smith@vacoventry.org.uk

Drop-in Sessions

We are not currently running in person drop-in sessions. However, we are having sessions online through Zoom.  If you would like to find out more information about the drop-in / would like to attend, email us at chatcentral@vacoventry.org.uk.

Outdoor Events

We are planning from the 12th April we will be able to meet outdoors again in groups of six.  If you are interested in meeting up for a coffee or a walk then please get in touch and we can let you know where and when we will be meeting.  We will be checking the weather forecast on a Monday and planning the outdoor sessions that week then, we can let you know. 

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