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Pubs & Wellbeing

Pubs are the heart of local communities

Pubs are one of the few places where you can meet people in a relaxed, social environment. With community centres up and down the country closing, pubs offer a vital hub for locals to get together as a community. Pubs are also taking an active role in tackling loneliness – whether that’s running lunch groups, chatting to regulars or just providing a place for people to meet.

In addition, many community pubs in rural settings are stepping up to fill services lacking in the local area, such as running post offices, village shops, cinema rooms and library – going above and beyond just serving drinks!

Friends on Tap

In 2016 CAMRA commissioned research from Professor Robin Dunbar of Oxford University on the role of pubs at the heart of their community.

The report found that pubs play a key role in facilitating friendships and that those who have a local pub are happier, more trusting and better connected to their community. 

Pubs are for everyone

Pubs and pub-going offer a huge range of social and wellbeing benefits, and CAMRA believes these benefits should be open to everyone.

Browse the links to find out more about our campaigning, and learn about the past and the future of how pubs support their communities.

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