The Friendly Bench™ are innovative kerbside social spaces – connecting people, connecting places and connecting 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, reducing social isolation and increasing community cohesion.
These kerbside community parklets have been envisaged to help encourage connections between communities, help tackle loneliness and improve the quality of life of all, including the elderly, socially isolated and those with limited mobility’s life, by connecting them with people, to places and with nature.
Welcoming, inclusive and accessible outdoor social spaces for all to meet, chat, rest and enjoy coming together in their own community, the core principles that guide The Friendly Bench™ are:
Connecting people– Offering regular opportunities for social interaction, growing and strengthening social networks and improving well-being amongst older people, the socially isolated and those with limited mobility and their wider community through friendship and are the focus for monthly community events and activities.
Connecting places– Purposefully designed and situated, The Friendly Bench™ provide 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 engage with and participate in their wider communities on their own terms.
Connecting with nature– Enabling easily accessible interactions with nature, wildlife and the outdoors to help improve physical health, mental wellbeing, social behaviour and help improve self- esteem and life satisfaction.
The Friendly Bench™ – reconnecting people back to their own community.