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Chatty Bus coming to Eastleigh

187 days ago Thu 17th Jan 2019

Chatty Bus event in Eastleigh on 29th Jan

Eastleigh-based Bluestar is cementing its commitment to helping reduce loneliness and isolation among local people, by holding a special event in the town this month.

As part of its Chatty Bus campaign, the bus operator is inviting people to talk to its team and to each other on Tuesday 29th January.

“Currently, one in 10 people go at least one day a week without speaking to anyone - and a third of Britons admit they deliberately catch the bus to have some human contact,” said Bluestar head of communications, Nikki Honer.

“With these worrying stats in mind, we decided to introduce our Chatty Bus. We’ll have a very special Piano Bus on site with our team positioned next to Sainsbury’s in Eastleigh, and we’ll be talking to anyone and everyone. It’s all about engaging in conversation with our passengers and helping to remove the stigma of talking to strangers.

The Piano Bus was the brainchild of our Managing Director, who came up with the idea as music has a wonderful way of bringing people together. Some of Bluestar’s own Stars will be playing - we’ve discovered our own team has no end of musical talent.

"It’s going to be a chance for people to come and chat with us, perhaps to give us some feedback about our bus services - or just to have a chin wag and enjoy a bit of music with tea and biscuits."

Bluestar is also adding a special awareness double decker bus - designed to highlight issues around loneliness - to its Bluestar 2 route in the lead up to the event.

“Before everything was online, the bus was a place where we met people, made friends and said ‘hello’ - the original social network,” added Nikki. “We want to bring this back, and we hope lots of people will join us for our special event on 29 January.”

Date: Tuesday 29th January
Time: 10am-3pm
Location: Eastleigh Town Centre - Outside Sainsburys

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