INFORMATION FOR VOLUNTEERS
3 There are also several sheets of stickers and a felt tip pen to make name labels. Don't forget to put one on yourself before people turn up.
5. I suggest that each group of three, or maximum four, people is handed one question sheet as a starting point. They can use it however they wish. Some groups work their way down the list, some pass it round so each person gets to choose a question they like the look of. The volunteers can bring questions of their own, based on something they have heard or read that week, (not politics which can be too divisive). It is fine if the conversation goes off at a tangent as long as everyone is happy and participating.
6. If someone seems to be dominating the conversation, I say, gently, "let's see what the others have to say about this"
You can be the judge of whether that's the right thing to do.
9. Please make sure that everything is returned to the folder at the end of the session and it remains at the cafe for the following week.
10. It's helpful if one of the volunteers sits close to the door and facing it, so they can get up and greet latecomers easily.