I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported Queen of Easy Green over the years. I’ve had so much fun, meeting new people and hearing about the wonderful products and organisations all over the world who are trying to make it a greener, more sustainable place to live. However, it is now time to say ‘goodbye’ as I focus all of my efforts on my social enterprise – The Friendly Bench™.
What is The Friendly Bench™?
The Friendly Bench™ is a movement to tackle loneliness, social isolation and community disconnectedness using innovative outdoor social spaces that reconnect people back to their own community.
Specially designed, constructed and adhering to DDA guidelines, The Friendly Bench™ are safe, easily accessible mini-community gardens with integrated seating and sensory planting which are situated within communities for people to meet, chat, connect, build friendships and develop a sense of belonging.
The Friendly Bench™ are also active, social hubs where free activities and events are regularly held to encourage everyone to participate, have fun, feel accepted, valued and develop a support network.
Every The Friendly Bench™ is independently managed, funded and run by it’s own voluntary group for their own community. As a member of The Friendly Bench™ network, each group receives free advice, support, sharing of best practice, marketing resources, publicity and promotion from The Friendly Bench™ CIC team.
Every The Friendly Bench™, wherever it is based in the country, aims to reduce social isolation, increase community cohesion and help reconnect people back to their own community.
I have such passion for The Friendly Bench™, which was born out of my own struggles with loneliness. I have personally designed every detail of The Friendly Bench™ and am so proud to announce that with the support National Lottery funding we will be rolling further The Friendly Benches out across the UK next year.
It’d be great if you would support The Friendly Bench™ – we are on Facebook @TheFriendlyBench as well as Twitter @Friendly_Bench and also www.thefriendlybench.co.uk
Thank you again and