Join Inn

Join Inn – Last Orders for Loneliness

When you run a pub or work in hospitality you quickly realise that you can really make a difference to someone’s day. Loneliness or feeling isolated can occur at any time of life, and everyone’s experience will be different. It is amazing however the positive impact a welcoming smile, a chat, or an invitation to join an event can have on improving feelings of wellbeing and a sense of belonging.

That’s why Pub is The Hub has decided to call time on loneliness. We are asking great publicans and bar staff running pubs to ‘Join Inn’ and help tackle loneliness in our communities. We are proud to say that Heineken UK have provided a very helpful contribution to establish the venture and we have taken inspiration from the Campaign to End Loneliness.

We have produced a guide to offer publicans ideas on the simple behaviours and approaches they could consider for their pub to encourage people, who may be experiencing feelings of loneliness, to join in activities and connect with others. Download the guide here.

if you scroll further down, you can read about some of the initiatives that local communities have set up and are already doing to make a difference to peoples’ lives. More inspiration, ideas and helpful tips from publicans on things they have set up and are already doing to make a difference to peoples’ lives will be available here soon.

In the meantime, here is our call to action to Join Inn, highlighting four simple ways (below), the UK’s pub community can make a difference to someone’s day:

Here’s how some pubs are tackling loneliness, bringing people together with simple but thoughtful initiatives that haven’t cost a lot of money:

At the Green Dragon at Exelby in North Yorkshire their new café and deli is now home to a sociable  group of ‘knit and natters’. Some are new to the pub, having been encouraged to join in by being able to access the café through a different door to the main pub and feeling more comfortable in the surroundings of the community café space.

The community owned and run, The Dog Inn at Belthorn in Lancashire, has been proactive and diversified to offer a number of different services and activities opening the pub up to a broader section of local people. Their community rooms are now used by the history society and drama group, while their pub garden is home to a growing group of allotment enthusiasts.

If you want to borrow a book or learn new digital skills you can always pop into the Old Inn at Mullion in Cornwall where they operate a micro library with Cornwall Council’s library services and run digital inclusion courses with support from a local charity.



Inspired? If you have a great example of your own or would like to find out more about how you could tackle loneliness in your community contact us here.