A couple in their 30s were absolutely done with the constant isolation, following more than a year of COVID, and they decided to launch a community initiative this summer.
Jake Williams and Charlotte Sinclair started Talk the Walk, which seeks to promote people getting together, exploring London on foot, and getting to know each other.
The number one mission was to have fun—even if only a few people showed up for the free events. That’s what they expected when they started in September on Meetup.com.
Suddenly they were getting hundreds of people RSVPing with enthusiasm.
“Our services are really in demand,” Jake told GNN.
200-300 people of various ages now regularly attend each event, which opens with the playing of icebreaker games. The couple designed the games to be easy for introverts, too, with “fun questions” breaking the nervousness.
They pick interesting landmarks to visit, with the first locations chosen being Hampstead Heath, King’s Cross, and the Regent’s Canal. Attendees are even surprised with an offer of chocolate.
“I have a megaphone now, thank God,” Jake told My London. “I’ve done some crazy things in my time working from home to stop loneliness, like dog sitting for people and joining gyms just so I can have more conversations with people.”
“I think that it’s hugely impactful for people who have been affected by Covid, by being forced to work from home and having that isolation,” he continued.
“Our focus is to end loneliness and to bring communities back together,” wrote Jake via email.
They’ve seen older folks conversing with younger folks, and people becoming friends—so much that they are now meeting on their own.
Talk the Walk organized their last event on October 23, but told us they will resume shortly.
“It’s getting cold here. But we’ll be back once it starts to warm up again 🙂
Nearly 2,000 members in their Meetup community are waiting for that day also, but meanwhile this young couple might serve as your own inspiration to connect people in your own communities.
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