Chat Central

Chat Central

Voluntary Action Coventry has been making people a little stronger since 1957, supporting hundreds of people into community roles each year. We are a nice bunch and have an open-door policy. Give us a try.

We engage adults of all ages and physical abilities from all areas of Coventry. Whether new to the city, a student from overseas, a migrant, bereaved, retired, a new parent, just out of hospital, dealing with an illness or condition that limits their ability to get out, or just out of practice with socialising and getting more active and ‘out there.’

You may feel isolated, or a little bit stuck about taking the next step.  Through our projects Chat Central and Active Central we build people up to explore their interests and occupations and start doing the things they want to do. This might be:

  • meeting new friends
  • rediscovering interests or finding new ones
  • building confidence through trying new things in groups and having fun
  • increasing connections through social networks, advice seeking and improving people’s feelings of isolation
  • getting around Coventry
  • group volunteering or community activity
  • getting into healthy routines and light exercise
  • we work with what people can do not what they can’t do

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.  When referring someone to us, please ensure that you have their consent in doing so. Click here to read more about our aims, values and expectations when you attend our events.

Activity Timetable

Thu 2nd Nov Bingo and Quiz  The United Reformed Church Large Room, Warwick Road CV1 1EX // FREE  12:30 PM - 2:30 PM  FREE
Thu 2nd Nov  Chatty zoom call Meeting ID: 883 0552 8153 - Passcode: 1I0CYM

3:30 PM -

4:30 PM

Tue 7th Nov Pool meet up  Rileys CV1 3JZ // FREE  2:00 PM - 4:00 PM FREE
Thu 9th Nov Chatty zoom call Meeting ID: 883 0552 8153 - Passcode: 1I0CYM

3:30 PM -

4:30 PM

Fri 10th Nov  City walk and litter pick Canal Basin Steps CV1 4LY 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM FREE
Fri 10th Nov Welcome to Chat Central session  Harp Place, Sandy Lane CV1 4DX  2.00 PM - 3:00 PM  FREE
Wed 15th Nov Training for Chat Central Volunteers  Harp Place, Sandy Lane CV1 4DX  1.00 PM - 3:00 PM FREE
Thu 16th Nov Gentle Bhangra with Gurpreet  The United Reformed Church Large Room, Warwick Road CV1 1EX  12:30 PM - 2:30 PM FREE
Thu 16th Nov Chatty zoom call Meeting ID: 883 0552 8153 - Passcode: 1I0CYM

3:30 PM -

4:30 PM

Fri 17th Nov City walk and litter pick Canal Basin Steps CV1 4LY   10:00 AM - 11:30 AM FREE
Tues 21st Nov  Pool meet up with Hayley Rileys CV1 3JZ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM FREE
Wed 22 Nov Mission Possible Group Volunteering: Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing Meet at Pool Meadow at 3.30 PM to take bus (FREE BUS TRAVEL) CV1 5AD  4.30 PM – 6.30 PM   FREE -book
Thu 23rd Nov Chatty zoom call Meeting ID: 883 0552 8153 - Passcode: 1I0CYM

3:30 PM -

4:30 PM

Fri 24th Nov City walk and litter pick Canal Basin Steps CV1 4LY   10:00 AM - 11:30 AM FREE
Thu 30th Nov Doodle Power with Linda The United Reformed Church Large Room, Warwick Road CV1 1EX 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM FREE
Fri 1st Dec City walk and litter pick Canal Basin Steps CV1 4LY  10:00 AM - 11:30 AM FREE
Fri 1st Dec Table Tennis Night Rileys CV1 3JZ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM FREE -book

Contact Chat Central to find out more:

Sarah Taylor  (Project Assistant, Chat Central)

07729 290 317 Email:

Volunteer with us!

Would you like to make a difference through volunteering? Then join the Chat Central team as a volunteer and help with refreshments or activity planning. You will receive training, a rewards card, travel expenses paid and the chance to socialise with other volunteers.  It's a great way to increase work experience, build confidence and keep busy doing something that makes you feel good! Click here to find out more about Chat Central Volunteering roles 

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Need immediate mental health support? Call the Mental Health Matters 24-hour Coventry helpline on 0800 616171

Dimensions of Health and Wellbeing

Dimensions of Health and Wellbeing is a free, online tool providing self-care information to support adults, children and young people in Coventry and Warwickshire. Self-care information is tailored to a person’s own needs and the challenges they face and is available 24/7. Click here to Use Dimensions. Click here to view our animation about how Dimensions can support you.If you have any feedback on the tool, please email.

Read more about what people have said about our projects:

"I feel a lot less lonely and closer to people after being involved with Chat Central, it has really improved my wellbeing." Participant

"I don't speak to my friends about my Mental Health so talking to Nicky from Chat Central for Youth really helps me. Especially with my confidence in talking to other people. Since I have started speaking with Nicky I feel a lot less anxious in talking on the phone. I noticed I can open up a lot better to them and that makes me feel a lot better through the week." Participant

"Clearly you have the magic touch. When I last spoke to my client they sounded so much more confident than they had on other occasions and the only thing that had changed was meeting yourself. Thank-you so much for your support with this person, hopefully this is now a positive step forward."  Employability Coach

"Thanks again for having me! It was a wonderful afternoon. The group was very kind and welcoming and everyone was so open to trying new things! It was a very relaxed and inclusive environment where everyone could get involved and people supported each other. Very lovely and feel-good to be a part of! If you ever would like to do another session let me know! Rosanna, Yoga Instructor

"Chat Central has helped me a great deal , it makes me feel l belong to a community. I was becoming isolated before l found this group and afraid l would loose my confidence with people." Participant

"I am able to meet new people and talk to them to know more about the city and opportunities that I can get involved with. I tried a new activity that I have never done before." Participant

"Chat Central signposted me to support around ASD and suitable social events." Participant 

"Thinking about my life and acknowledging the things that I already have and thinking about how I can get more support. Nicky sent me some suggestions for maternity yoga groups, family hubs and since I started yoga I made a couple of new friends." Participant

"Having to talk to people pushes me to be more social and boosts my confidence around others," Participant

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM