It has already set up partnerships with both Avon and Somerset Police and Gwent Police to have permanent benches across their areas and arrange volunteers to "chat-bench". He was ignored by the passing dog walkers, joggers, parents with pushchairs and teenagers with headphones, all too busy to even say "hello".
You: who is joe anyway? View original tweet on Twitter Word has spread through social media and now "Happy to Chat" benches are popping up all over the world - with the exact same words composed by Allison.
I didn't want it to sound too vulnerable so I wrote, 'Happy to chat bench. Allison said: "Probably the time I was most lonely was when I had a small baby. If you were lonely, would you talk to a stranger? Did anyone actually care?
You: oh sorry wrong box lol Stranger: C'mon man Did he want to be alone? For many, it is even more scarce than that.
But it's not just the elderly who can benefit from a random "hello". Did he want company?
It was a blissfully simple idea to tackle loneliness that swiftly created a buzz. I nearly believed you later but never entirely.
The Senior Citizen Liaison Team charity took the idea a step further. Pop along for a chat in the sunshine.
Sit aith if you don't mind someone stopping to say hello'. You: im not joe, im not in nyc, im not from colorado, there is no sophie and there is no friend Stranger: Yeah Stranger: Chat rooms in cutinas kinda guessed that You: lol You: i am actually from bury though You: thats true! People from Canada, the United States, Australia, Switzerland and Ukraine have contacted the charity, all interested in copying the strangerss to get people talking.
So this can be great for mums who maybe haven't spoken to another adult all day. Stranger: Pretty much immediately mate, sorry. It was enough to move one woman to try and get strangers to chat, helping inspire a movement that has spread across the world.