Chatty cafes and challenge cards at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire hope to raise awareness

Just outside the gift shop in the grand Derbyshire country house of Calke Abbey, a rack of small, brightly coloured cards has been attached to the wall, with an invitation to visitors to take one and pledge to do what it says.

“Check in on a neighbour”, suggest one. Others read: “Donate food”, “Make one extra”, “Smile”. On the rear of a card reading “Start talking” is a quote from the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness: “Starting a conversation each day in your neighbourhood can be a radical act of community service.”

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