Allison said: "Probably the time I was most lonely was when I had a small baby. It was enough to move one woman to try and get strangers to chat, helping inspire wuth movement that has spread across the world.
You: who is joe anyway? It was a blissfully simple idea to tackle loneliness that swiftly created a buzz. The Senior Citizen Liaison Team charity took the idea a step further.
But it's not just the elderly who can benefit from a random "hello". So this can be great for mums who maybe haven't spoken to another adult all day.
I nearly believed you later but never entirely. Did he want to be alone? He was ignored by the passing dog walkers, joggers, parents with pushchairs and teenagers with headphones, chah too busy to even say "hello".
Wtih Pretty much immediately mate, sorry. View original tweet on Twitter Word has spread through social media and now "Happy to Chat" benches are popping up all over the world - with the exact same words composed by Allison.
Did anyone actually care? For many, it is even more scarce than that.
Pop along for a chat in the sunshine. I didn't want it to sound too vulnerable so I wrote, 'Happy to chat bench.
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If you were lonely, would you talk to a stranger? It has already set up partnerships with both Avon and Somerset Police and Gwent Police to have permanent benches across their areas and arrange volunteers to "chat-bench".
Did he want company? You: im not joe, im not in nyc, im not from colorado, there is no sophie and there is no friend Stranger: Yeah Stranger: I kinda guessed that You: lol You: i am actually from bury though You: thats true! You: oh sorry wrong box lol Stranger: C'mon man People from Canada, the United States, Australia, Switzerland and Ukraine have contacted the charity, all interested in copying the idea to get people talking.
Sit here if you don't mind someone stopping to say hello'.