Band together and pass the time of day with someone

Olwen Edwards has come up with wristbands to encourage folks to chat and create a friendlier society. The bright ornage bands have 'Talk to me today' on them. picture aug 18 2014 mike cowling
Olwen Edwards has come up with wristbands to encourage folks to chat and create a friendlier society. The bright ornage bands have 'Talk to me today' on them. picture aug 18 2014 mike cowling

A new social innovation to break down isolation within Calderdale communities is built on a vision of ‘banding’ together.

Orange wrist bands emblazoned with the phrase ‘talk to me today’ are being sold across Calderdale in a bid to encourage the art of conversation which, a Calderdale therapist fears we are losing.

One Small Key founder, Olwen Edwards, said the ‘brainwave’ for the idea came during a conversation with a detective inspector at a Halifax Bishop’s Breakfast.

On Thursday, the social benefits of the band will be discussed at the Bishop’s Breakfast at the Viaduct Cafe, Dean Clough, Halifax.

“The idea of the bands are for those who feel less socially confident to have confidence to approach another person wearing a ‘talk to me’ band. It’s a talking point and for it to work, it needs all members of the community to get involved,” said Olwen.

The bands are being aimed at adults and won ‘best stall’ at Calderdale Neighbours’ Day.

Since the June launch, 1,000 bands costing £1 have been on sale in Calderdale retail stockists including Eight Sixteen Coffee Co. Cafe House, Dean Clough; Gabriels Coffee Lounge, Sowerby Bridge; The Banyan Tree, Hebden Bridge; Czerwik Fine Wines and Cheeses, Brighouse, and others.