On Tuesday 29 January we're launching our first 'Chatty Bus', in response to the Government’s loneliness strategy. Research shows that three-in-10 Britons going at least one-day-a-week without speaking to anyone close to them, we want to do something to encourage everyone to talk to those around them.
On 'Chatty Bus' day, between 9.30am and 3pm, buses on, , will be our designated 'Chatty Buses', where we will have Chatty Bus Champions on board ready to start conversations with fellow passengers who would like a chat. Keeping the atmosphere fun, and only engaging with those who want to join in, the Chatty Bus Champions will be striking up conversations using a range of games and ice-breakers, or just simply having a good old natter!
We'll provide badges for those who want to signify that they would like to join in the conversation, and we won't disturb passengers who prefer not to take part.
Overcoming loneliness improves the health and wellbeing of our local residents and as such, we believe this is a campaign we should all get behind.
Martijn Gilbert, managing director of Go North East, explains: “The bus is the original social network and this research shows just how vital a lifeline it is for those who feel lonely or excluded.
“Through our Chatty Bus Champions, we want our passengers to have a fun and engaging journey – be that through taking part in a quiz, playing a game on one of our convenient upper deck tables or having a good natter with their neighbour. The whole point is to make everyone feel happier as a result of being on the bus.”
So, fancy a chat? Hop on board with us and we'll look forward to talking with you!