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Say hello benches

Say hello benches

Loneliness Awareness Week

10-16 June 2024 

Come along and say hello

10-16 June is Loneliness Awareness Week.  During this week local benches across the Dudley borough will be “adopted” by local community groups, to raise awareness of loneliness.

People can go and say hello, get information and take part in an activity.  To find your local bench and what activities are going on please see details below or download a timetable.

We are supporting the say hello benches as part of Month of Community, to make connections with local people.  People of all ages can feel lonely and these benches are here to help people make connections.

So pop along and say hello…

Download a say hello bench timetable or see details below on what is happening in your area.

Times of benches correct at going to press.  Details may change due to weather conditions.

say hello poster in pink and white


Halesowen BID is supporting the campaign by using their existing friendly bench in the town centre.  Lots of different activities going on.

Monday 10 June: 10am-12pm (hosted by Halesowen Ladies Fellowship)

Tuesday 11 June: 1-3pm (hosted by Healthier Futures)

Wednesday 12 June: 10am-12pm (hosted by Safer Families) and 1:30-3:30pm (hosted by Digi-Dudley)

Friday 14 June: 10am-12pm (hosted by wellbeing choir)


There will be two sessions in Sedgley over the week.

The Beacon Centre will host a bench (by the bus stop in Dudley Street).  They will have sight awareness activities and information available.

Wednesday 12 June: 10am-2pm.

Sedgley Townswomen’s Guild are hosting a bench in Vicar Street Gardens.  They will be saying hello whilst offering books and butterfly crafts.

Tuesday 11 June: 10am-4pm


High Oak Youth and Community Centre are supporting the bench over 4 days.  Find them in the park next to the Dell Stadium.

Tuesday 11 June: 12-3pm (picnic and photography) and 6-8pm (bike club)

Thursday 13 June: 1:30-3:30pm (bike club)

Friday 14 June: 6-8pm (youth club – outdoor games)

Saturday 15 June: 10:30am-12:30pm (walking group)

Dudley town centre

Dudley CVS will be hosting a bench in the High Street, Dudley town centre.

Monday 10 June: 10am-12pm (have a chat and a book swap)

Tuesday 11 June: 10am-12pm (peer-peer support information for parents)

Friday 14 June: 10am-12pm (Healthwatch Dudley)

Brierley Hill

Dudley Council Adult Community Learning and Top Church Training are hosting a bench at the Moor Centre, Brierley Hill. They will be doing rock painting.

Tuesday 11 June: 11am-2pm

Bench brightly decorated with a flag outside some shops

Quarry Bank

Mindful moms are running a bench in Stevens Park.  They will be doing nature art and a walk for new mums.

Wednesday 12 June: 10.30am-12pm

Bench brightly decorated with a say hello flag

Dudley – Jasmine Road Gardens

Jasmine Road Gardens will be using one of their benches in their garden to say hello.  Pop along and maybe do some gardening.

Thursday 13 June: 10am-4pm

Friday 14 June: 10am-4pm

Saturday 15 June: 10am-4pm

Gornal – Abbey Street Park 

Friends of Abbey Street park and Park Active will be doing exercise, colouring and have local information (at the bench near the basket swing).

Saturday 15 June: 10-11am

Decorated bench with a flag with garden tables round it

 Halesowen – Long Lane

Friends of Long Lane Library will be saying hello and offering any support at their bench in the garden of the library.

Thursday 13 June: 10am-4pm

Wollescote Park

Friends of Wollescote Park  will be saying hello to people at their bench in the sensory garden.  They will be celebrating the Kings official birthday.

Tuesday 11 June: 10am-12pm

Dudley – Grange Park 

Friends of Grange park and Park Active will be doing exercise, fitness and a book swap at a bench between the play area and bandstand.

Monday 10th June: 10:30am-12:30pm

Sunday 16 June: 11am-1pm


Just Straight Talk will be at a bench by the Healthy hub in Silver Jubilee Park. They will be saying hello and giving support information.

Thursday 13 June: 1-3pm

Russells Hall Park 

Friends of Russells Hall park will be saying hello and doing a book swap.

Thursday 13 June: 11am – 1pm

Decorated bench with a flag in a park


Rethink at the DY1 centre in Dudley, will be saying hello and having a chat at their bench in their garden.

Tuesday 11 June: 6-8pm

Wednesday 12 June: 6-8pm

Thursday 13 June: 6-8pm

Just Straight Talk (JST) will also be promoting loneliness awareness week at some of their weekly sessions.  Please contact JST for more details, including venue on 01902 256744

Monday 10 June: 1-4pm – Men’s group

Tuesday 11 June: 11am-1pm – gardening

Wednesday 12 June: 1-3:30pm – Digi-Dudley session

Thursday 13 June: 10am-12pm – coffee morning

Friday 14 June:  2-4pm – skittles.