Lancaster Community BBQ at the Public Living Room

Free Community Barbeque at the Lancaster Camerados Public Living Room on Saturday 18th September!

Come along to the Scotforth Road Methodist Church and find out about the no-agenda place to have a chat and a cuppa in your community.

Thanks to the Bringing Communities Back Together Fund from Asda, there will be a community barbeque at the Public Living Room during the afternoon, so pop along for a free burger and a natter with folk in your community! 

Folk in Lancaster, and across the country, know how important a bit of a chat and some human connection can be in our lives, so decided to set up a Public Living Room at the Scotforth Road Methodist Church. People from the community come together every Wednesday between 9am and 1pm, as a place for people to come and be alongside each other on the good days and the tough, with no agenda and no fixing. 

Public Living Rooms are open to everyone and set up by local people who are part of the Camerados movement. They are places to meet new people, have a chat and a cuppa, because sometimes it’s easier to chat to a stranger in the moment, than someone you know. 

Camerados founder, Maff Potts believes that, “The public realm is divided into two types of places: places that sell you stuff and places that fix you. What if there was an agenda-free, no outcomes place where you had permission to be rubbish? It’s amazing what happens when you come in without the intention of trying to fix people. People often have the answers themselves.” 

Camerados is a growing movement of people from Baltimore to Blackpool who look out for each other in person and online. Anyone can be a camerado, it’s a behaviour thing. Being a camerado is about how you live on a daily basis and it’s based on six principles that help folk be alongside each other and get through tough times.

The first Public Living Room was set up in Sheffield in 2016. Since then folk have been setting them up in their communities across the UK and the world. From hospitals to universities, libraries to community centres, in cafes and even on the Brooklyn Bridge! Over this time, thousands of people have benefitted from connecting and looking out for each other.

Notes to editor:


  • Camerados Press enquiries: Mabel Smith – 07741018181
  • For more about Camerados visit: 
  • The Camerados movement was founded by Maff Potts in 2015. Maff spent 20 years as CEO of a number of charities and housing associations and rewrote the UK government’s policy for homeless centres. He now believes that real social change comes from social movements. Maff is available for interviews, contact 

Maff’s bio, photos, stories from the movement and a potted history of Camerados are available here.

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