The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council has launched a new initiative to try and encourage isolated residents to connect with their communities.

The Chatter and Natter scheme, which now runs at four venues across Windsor and Maidenhead was first launched in the north-east of England but and has seen success across the country.

The project seeks to open up cafés and other public places into a safe space for elderly or isolated residents to meet up with a friendly face and talk over a hot drink.

Cllr Samantha Rayner, cabinet member for culture and communities, said: “I hope that this opportunity to invite people to get together to chat might encourage residents to come.

“No one should feel lonely and isolated so please reach out, we want to make a borough for everyone to be happy and healthy.”

The first Chatter and Natter table of the week runs from Cox Green Youth & Community Centre on Monday mornings.

On Wednesday lunchtimes there is a table at the Tree House Café at the Baptist Church on Victoria Street in Windsor, while on Thursdays, Chatter and Natter tables can be found at The United Reform Church on William Street, Windsor from 10.30am-12pm and the Costa coffee shop in King Edward Court, Windsor from 3pm-5pm.

The council hope that the project can expand to other venues across the borough in the near future.