A manager of a local pub has kick-started a scheme to bring locals together and combat loneliness in Worthing.
The chat will be free but so will the tea, coffee and cake on offer at the Broadwater Greene King pub, as part of a national scheme called ‘Meet Up Mondays’.
First started at The Alexandra pub in Wimbledon, Meet Up Mondays has been a huge success across the country. It aims to give locals the chance to get together for at least one day each week, using pubs as well-known focal points. Evidence shows that building relationships with family, friends and the wider community is important for wellbeing.
The Broadwater will be the first pub in West Sussex to host Meet Up Mondays, and will launch its first event on Monday 8th October at 11am – 12pm.
Diane Guest, Manager of the Broadwater pub and former Worthing Borough Councillor, said:
“We’re really proud to be joining a movement that’s made such a difference across the country. We hope that the Broadwater pub will be a really welcoming space to bring locals together. If you’re on your own and fancy some company and some laughs, pop in! There will be tea, coffee and cake on offer… and all for free!”
Diane and her team will be promoting Meet Up Mondays on the Broadwater pub’s Facebook page, however they are also keen to spread the word to those who may not use social media:
“We’d love to encourage as many people as possible to come and everyone is welcome. If you know someone who isn’t online, don’t just tell them about it – persuade them to come!”
Meet Up Mondays will take place every Monday at the Broadwater Greene King, 4 Broadwater Street, Worthing. Diane will be at the door to greet people as they come in – look out for the ‘Meet Up Mondays’ signs on the tables.