Bristol’s first ‘Chatty Benches’ arrive in Winterbourne, all thanks to The Winterbourne Down Village Carnival (WDVC).
It’s safe to say the past couple of years have impacted everyone’s mental health in very different ways. The committee at the WDVC recognised this and wanted to do something to help.
Many of us heard touching stories of our community supporting each other during the pandemic, those small acts of kindness, simply chatting to the that lonely person sat on the bench overlooking the River Frome. So, inspired by a similar scheme in Cornwall, there came the idea of the Chatty Bench.
Chatty Bench plaques have now been installed on benches located in Winterbourne Down, The Dingle, the duck pond and soon on Hambrook Common. Scanning the QR code will take you to the Carnival webpage dedicated to improving mental health. It contains useful links and contact numbers to support organisations and NHS resources to help identify and manage the different issues related to mental health.
We continue to support the charity Mind this year along with BRACE, The Trussell Trust and SSAFA. With your generosity at events across the May Day weekend we hope to make an even bigger donation than previous years have allowed.
Picture (left to right) Brian Serjent & Richard Climmer representing the Parish Council and Liz Perrins & John Turner representing the WDVC.
Special thanks to Voodoo Designs for plaque design.