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Connecting with other childless and childfree people (10 replies)

JW
4 years ago
JW 4 years ago

Hi, I was wondering if there was any interest in a get together for childless and childfree couples and singles in London?

One of the more isolating things we as a couple have had to deal with is our friends with children not having as much time to spend with us, or preferring to spend the majority of time with other couples with children. It would be great to meet other childless and childfree people who would like to get together for a drink/dinner, and to focus on making the most out of our lives.

I've seen groups for women to get together, but it would be nice to extend this to couples and as it seems sometimes childless or childfree men get forgotten about.

Dann Alexander
4 years ago
Dann Alexander 4 years ago

JW - Thank you for your post. I am working on a draft article related to Childfree Groups and Socializing in general. Your post reminded me of a few things so I appreciate it. Hope something can happen in London for you and I encourage you to take the wheel if you can and drive the vehicle to help make it happen. Cheers.

Nina
4 years ago
Nina 4 years ago

My husband and I will definitely be attending either as a couple or just myself, depending on the time of the day. I can do lunch, but my husband cannot, because of work commitments. I say let's give it another week or so, and then move to the next stage of deciding on day, venue and time. I live in South West London. JW what part of London do you live in? I am happy to meet up in central London.

JW
4 years ago
JW 4 years ago

Thanks Dann for your comment and I look forward to seeing your article on socializing. Thanks so much Nina for your replies. Yes, I am hoping that a few people will be keen to meet. Perhaps we can do an evening if your husband can't make lunchtimes?

I've found quite a few women only groups for non-mums but I'm conscious that there isn't quite the same support for non-dads, and I do worry about my husband feeling isolated. Although maybe it's indicative that couples are getting out there and are very busy, given there aren't any groups! We live outside of London, in Surrey (southwest trains!)

Nina
4 years ago
Nina 4 years ago

Hi JW, I hope you are well. Although your post has had many views, so far, we seem to be the only people who have expressed an interest in meeting up. The 4 of us can either arrange to meet up or we can hold on and hope that more people come forward. In my experience, these things always start small and then grow with time.

JW
4 years ago
JW 4 years ago

Hi Nina, thanks so much for your replies. I was really delighted to see you have set up a meet up group, which has attracted many members (both male and female) already! I have joined. Yes, it would be great to meet - were you planning a meetup for the wider group before Christmas?

Nina
4 years ago
Nina 4 years ago

Hi JW, I am quite surprised at how quickly the meetup group has taken off. I set it up on Tuesday the 24th of November and it already has 37 members! Because things seem to be moving fast, I am thinking of the first meet up. It will be in central London. It may be a bit too short notice to organise something before Christmas. I will give it a go and see what happens. I may send an email to the whole group in the coming days asking people to confirm their availability and then start planning the actual event based on numbers.

Nina
4 years ago
Nina 4 years ago

Hi JW, just thought I would give you an update on the latest development with the meetup group. I am really keen to start this on a good footing, as opposed to rushing into organising my first event. There is a lot to consider and so, it is safe to say that the first event will not happen until the New Year. I am looking at having 1 or 2 guest speakers at the event. How do you feel about being one of them? I don't yet have the structure for the event, however, I am thinking of each speaker giving a 10 minutes presentation followed by a 15 minutes Q&A session. Again, this is not final and may change as more items are considered.

Nina
4 years ago
Nina 4 years ago

Hi JW, forget about my request for you to be a speaker. I am still trying to work out what the best format for the events should be. I think having a buffet with people going around talking to each other is probably the best option for now. As the group evolves, I may think of doing maybe two events a year where I invite speakers etc.

JW
4 years ago
JW 4 years ago

Hi Nina,

Perhaps an informal drinks event would be good as a starter? I agree that having speakers might be better for later on.

Nina
4 years ago
Nina 4 years ago

It was great meeting you and your husband yesterday Julie. Shame we didn't get round to chatting more, as everyone was engrossed in conversations. Which after all is what the event was all about. Here is one of the pictures that my husband took. As you can see, he managed to miss me out, except for my arm, lol!

https://www.nonparents.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/1_meetp_event_1.jpg
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