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The Talking Bus is an initiative of our West Kent Befriending Service, aiming to tackle the loneliness felt by older people in our community.

We work in partnership with Arriva buses to put on these days out, encouraging passengers to have a natter with their neighbour as they travel. Lauren Edmonds, marketing manager for Arriva, said: “Age UK runs a loneliness café and we both came up with this idea to educate customers and find out what barriers they might have with using the bus service, but also to get them to talk to each other in that environment.”

The bus has been incredibly popular with our members and we've already had two news reports featured on KMTV. You can watch those by following the links at the bottom of the page.

One of our most popular trips was to Tonbridge for a special lunch at Paws Cat Cafe. Everyone loved giving the cats a fuss and chatting to each other over tea and cake.

The next talking bus departs:

Thursday 23rd May 2019.

Meet at Maidsotne Chequers Bus Station (Stop H4) AT 10:10am to catch the number 7 bus.

We will be stopping at Broadview Gardens Tea Room and Gift Shop in Hadlow, to visit the new Japanese Garden!

Places are limited and must be booked so please call Wendy on 07808711353 if you would like to join us.

News coverage of the Talking Bus