There is an increasing amount of research suggesting that physical health can be positively impacted by having regular social contact with others – many GPs are therefore interested in Social prescribing. Whilst Coffee Companions is not a ‘prescription’ we are interested in helping improve the health of our nation.
Chat Mats can be used by anyone anywhere at anytime. Hospitals may not be registered Coffee Companions locations but we hope that Chat Mats will help people, either by their beds or in the café, indicate whether they want company or not. Getting the balance between being less isolated between visiting hours when you are in unfamiliar territory and ensuring that you have space to recover from treatment can be challenging and Chat Mats help other people to know what kind of day you are having.