On Tuesday 29 January we launched our 'Chatty Bus'. Our 'Chatty Bus' aims to show how catching the bus to different places and engaging in conversation can help to reduce loneliness.
Loneliness can affect many people and is not just one affecting the UK's older generation, with 83% of younger people admitting they are affected by loneliness. Sometimes called the original social network, the bus helps to create strong community ties with one in three people deliberately catching the bus to have some human contact.
On 'Chatty Bus' day, between 10am and 2pm, our 'Chatty Bus' was parked up at Stop D in Churchill Square (outside WHSmith) where staff were available to chat. As well as provide information on bus travel and our accessible initiatives, we handed out badges for those who want to signify that they would be happy to start a conversation on board our buses.
We have partnered with local community group Impetus who were also on hand to provide advice and information on other local services, if needed.
We will be working with Sussex University and local artist, Lois O'Hara, for the next stage of our campaign in March. Watch this space!