Canal Trust campaign to combat loneliness kicks off with Chit Chat Club

chitchatclubDudley Canal and Tunnel Trust will be setting up an informal chit chat club in their café this April, as part of their campaign to fight loneliness in the local area.

The club, led by volunteers, will run every Tuesday morning between 10 and 12 noon in the trust’s new café, The Gongoozler at their new multi-million pound heritage centre, The Portal.

“It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to set this informal chit chat club up,”

said Rebecca Cooper-Sayer, Volunteer Co-Ordinator at Dudley Canal Trust (Trips) Ltd. “It’s run by our team of warm and friendly volunteers. There is no formality or agenda to the club; you don’t even have to come every week. Anybody is welcome to just drop in, have a natter and enjoy a piece of cake.”

Everybody who comes to the café for the club will receive a 25% off voucher for all cakes and hot drinks. There is no fee for attending.

“We can offer so much more for our visitors now that we have our new visitor centre,” said Nick Morris, Chief Executive at Dudley Canal Trust (Trips) Ltd. “As a charity, we’re always looking for ways to engage with the local community in all we do here. Working to combat loneliness in our local area is an important part of that.”

The club meets every Tuesday from 10am. It’s free and is open for anybody to attend. No pre-booking is required. For more information call 0121 557 6265.

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