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The Friendly Bench™

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  • Type of support:
    A place people can go, Events, Face-to-face help
  • Groups supported:
    Bereaved, Carers, Divorced/separated/having relationship difficulties, Elderly, Men, New/young parents, Newly-retired, Young people (16-24)
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The Friendly Bench™ are innovative outdoor social spaces designed to connect people to each other, places and with nature.

Specifically designed, The Friendly Bench™ are safe, easily accessible mini-community gardens with integrated seating situated within communities for people to meet, chat and connect with each other, to places and with nature. 

The Friendly Bench™ are also active, social hubs where free activities and events are regularly held for everyone to get involved. Every The Friendly Bench™, wherever it is based in the country, aims to reduce social isolation, increase community cohesion and help reconnect people back to their own community.

Connecting people

An accessible social space, The Friendly Bench™ helps grow and strengthen people’s social networks with their wider community and improves wellbeing through friendship and is the focus for regular community events and activities.

Connecting places

Purposely designed, The Friendly Bench™ provides a convenient and comfortable place for those with limited mobility to rest, helping them to connect with local services and public places, whilst also encouraging independence and opportunities to participate in the wider community on their terms.

Connecting with nature

Enabling easy accessible interactions with nature, wildlife and the outdoors to help improve people’s physical health, mental well-being, social behaviour, self esteem and life satisfaction.

Our locations

You can visit our The Friendly Bench™ locations in:

  • Bottesford, Leicestershire
  • Newbold Verdon, Leicestershire