Ian Roberts

Pop Up Chat Together

Our own Outreach Officer Ian Roberts took the opportunity to go to his first “Pop Up Chat together” last Saturday, not only did he use this opportunity to promote our work. Ian shares his experience with you here…

This is an event held on the first Saturday of each month from 11:00 until 13:00 at Optimum Joy, 81 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, SY1 1UT.

You don’t have to stay for the whole two hours – you can pop in and out as you wish.

It is a chance for people with mental health issues, and others, to meet up and have conversations with friendly folk – the chat doesn’t have to be about mental health – it can be about anything at all !

Pop Up Chat Together basically provides an opportunity to meet up with friendly and understanding people of all ages over tea, coffee or whatever – and maybe make some new friends into the bargain.

It isn’t a group in the formal sense at all – there isn’t a membership requirement; there isn’t an agenda or anything like that; no guest speakers – it is just a chance to get together and have a good old chinwag.

I attended for the first time on Saturday 1st November and really enjoyed it – the only person I knew before I went was Jim Hawkins.

I was talking to two Young Health Champions and another young chap and I also spoke briefly to a few other people.

There were quite a few there – over 20 – and it was the largest attendance out of five Pop Up Chats.

I hope to attend the next one on Saturday 6th December – hope others will join me.


Ian Roberts

SDN Outreach Officer – Telford

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