A café scheme aimed at tackling loneliness is being rolled out across Glasgow.

Chatter & Natter table, based in the café at St Mungo's Museum, has joined The Chatty Café Scheme, to encourage more people in Glasgow to have a chat.

A table in the café is marked with distinctive signage highlighting that customers who sit at the table are happy to talk to other customers.

As part of the city’s support for The Campaign to End Loneliness, the Chatter & Natter cafe creates a space for people to talk for any length of time.

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Since being launched around six months ago, staff noticed that the table was particularly busy during peak tourist season when tour guides and Glasgow Cathedral staff take to sitting at the table talking to visitors and residents alike.

Ann Cameron, Encore Catering Manager at St. Mungo’s, said: “When we introduced the Chatter & Natter table we didn’t quite know how it would be received.

“Some days are busier than others at the table, but if it’s quiet and staff see someone sitting at it, we always make a point of going over to have a conversation with the person.

“We know that our five minute chat might just have a big impact on someone's day.

“Recently, I also spoke to a mother visiting with her daughter, whom she cares for, who had come specifically to the café to sit at the table and were looking for other venues to visit.”

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The scheme is now being rolled out to other Encore cafés in Bellahouston Leisure Centre, Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Kelvin Hall and Tramway in Glasgow.

The move to include other venues comes as last year The Campaign to End Loneliness revealed that more than two-thirds of Glaswegians had experienced loneliness at some point in their lives.

With nine in 10 people in Glasgow believing loneliness in older age is now “more likely than ever.”