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.
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.
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.
You can visit our The Friendly Bench™ locations in:
- Bottesford, Leicestershire
- Newbold Verdon, Leicestershire