Helping make connections

There is an ever-growing number of partners and organisations that can help publicans bring people together at their pub, or just give the community ideas to set up their own group.

Below is a selection of groups/organisations to act as a starter. This list continues to evolve, so please check back to this page regularly.

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Men's Shed Association

Men’s in Sheds is a space for men offering a range of benefits, sharing skills and conversation from a wide range of backgrounds.

The Women's Shed

Women’s shed is a space for women to connect through shared interests. We are a non profit organisation run by volunteers. Our members organise a wide variety of activities including arts, crafts, health and wellness.

The Great Get Together

The Jo Cox Foundation was established in 2016 to build a legacy for Jo, building stronger communities, working to create a better public life and fairer world.

The Chatty Café Scheme

The Chatty Café Scheme encourages cafes and other venues such as pubs, libraries and community centres to designate a Chatter and Natter table. This is where customers can sit if they are happy to talk to other customers.


U3A brings together people in their ‘third cage, allowing ‘students’ to develop their interests in an informal and welcoming environment. It covers hundreds of subjects – from bird watching to Shakespeare.


Re-engage helps older people reconnect with their communities through regular face-to-face meetings, providing a lifeline of friendship.


MeetUpMondays™ give hospitality businesses the opportunity to show love for the community and to showcase their lovely, friendly pub, cafe, tea room or hotel lounge, as a place of warm welcome.


The Way Foundation is the only national charity in the UK for men and women aged 50 and under who have lost their partner. The peer-to-peer support group is run by volunteers and arranges social groups and weekends away for adults and families.

The Mix

The Mix offers support for anyone aged 13 – 25 with any sort of challenge – from mental health to money, break-ups to drugs, finding a job to homelessness.

The Samaritans

Brew Monday 2021 – Because now more than ever, sharing a cuppa is more than a drink – it’s about reaching out, checking in and staying connected.

Do It

Do it provides a huge directory of volunteering opportunities from walkers for guide dogs to counsellors at a hospice.

Age UK https//

Age UK tackle loneliness, get older people active, and support people to stay independent for longer.

Please click here for a guide to setting up a dementia cafe.

National Women's Register

NWR has groups across the UK that connect women who are interested in everything and talk about anything! Join us for lively discussions, to share ideas, meet other women and make new friends.

Alzheimer cafe UK

The Alzheimer Café UK was established in 200 to support the original Alzheimer Café in the UK, and to help other Alzheimer Cafés to set up according to the original model.

Bump and baby club

B&BC is the leading independent provider of antenatal classes in the UK. We bring together local people, creating communities of like minded parents-to-be whose babies are due around the same time.

Equal Arts

Works to improve the lives of alder people through creativity and our arts activities around the North East, providing creative opportunities to help improve people’s wellbeing.

Incredible Edible

Community is at the heart of Incredible Edible’s work, with its growing patches edible attractions to get people talking and connecting. The organisation helps to show how ordinary people can transform their own landscapes and turn disused plots into abundant sources of healthy food.


Groundwork is a federation of charities that helps mobilise practical community action on poverty and the environment across the UK.

Its projects range from horticulture projects, community food growing spaces, Men in Sheds, volunteering groups for the over 50s and music youth clubs.

For other support available in your local area or if you work for an organisation whose concept/activities would work well in bringing people together at a pub and would like to feature on this page please contact