Welcome to The Rural Kent Coffee and Information Project

It is difficult to quantitively evaluate the impact of the Coffee Caravan Project in tackling loneliness
and isolation in the Kent villages we visited but the following insights are useful: 


“Two women didn’t know anyone by name. One said she was fairly new to the village and wanted to
start doing something… as she knew if she didn’t, she would quickly become lonely and feel
isolated. These two ladies left the session exchanging addresses and arranging to ‘drop in’ on each
“One lady had lived in [the village] for 57 years and had recently lost her husband. She was struggling
with some health problems herself and clearly grieving. She said that she had really enjoyed the visit
and how good it was for her trying to get back in to things.”
“One lady announced on her arrival that she was new to the village and chatted away to everyone
there. It turned out she had actually lived in [the village] for 3 to 4 years but she still felt new and
didn’t know anyone.  The same lady came on the last visit and commented that she wouldn’t go out
in the winter as there was nothing to do.”   
“There were some who didn’t know each other. This included a mum of a baby and toddler who had
lived there for 5 years but hadn’t met any of her neighbours. She told us that she had made a friend
with similar aged children in [the neighbouring village] by noticing that she had the same postcode
as her when she signed in at the Children’s Centre.”
“One 86 year old woman in a mobility scooter arrived early and waited for us to open. She talked
about her increasing dependency on neighbours for support. She enjoyed having the opportunity to
meet up and chat with locals on her doorstep.” 
“One older couple have attended each of our visits in their community. He has dementia and she is
his carer. Initially the couple sat together. They didn’t know others around the table but introduced
themselves and joined in with the chatter. One of our volunteers had a good conversation with the
wife about the impact of her husband’s dementia on her. She was finding it hard. The volunteer gave
her a Carers Support leaflet. At our next visit it was great to hear that she was meeting up with the
local support group to go to the cinema that evening. The lady said “I want to chat. My husband
doesn’t chat at home and I miss the conversation”.  The husband, however, has become increasingly
chatty as the visits went by, leaving on one occasion, shaking our hands and saying “thank you, this is
a wonderful place”.  Asked if we would continue coming through the winter months, the Parish
Council agreed to fund some indoor visits, alongside the mobile Post Office in the hall. On the most
recent visit the wife commented to one of our volunteers that she was “so glad to be here.  She was
having a difficult day”. There is now a familiar group of residents attending with some others coming
and going. The chatter is always lively and the volunteers that attend there feel they are amongst
“One couple said they had lived in their village for 18 months. They regretted moving.  They went for
walks but never saw anyone out and about on the streets as there was nowhere to walk to. Now that

the bus service had been cut it was even worse. They used to see people at the bus stop but they
couldn’t do that anymore.” 
“The project is amazing. A great way to bring people together. It would be great if it happens more
often. I’m shy but felt welcome. It definitely brightened my afternoon, which I thought would be gloomy”.


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  • Phone: 01303 813790
  • Address: The Old Granary, Penstock Hall Farm, Canterbury Road,
    East Brabourne, Kent TN25 5LL