The Lonely Parents Club
I've been light on blogging recently as I've been so busy. Busy doing what? I'll never fully know, but it seems as though there aren't enough hours in the day.
The garden is growing rampant. All the sunshine interspersed with downpours has sent it raging, and though I know nothing about it I have become obsessed with pulling out bindweed and sheering hedges. I can now see why they say that gardening is so therapeutic, something I thought I'd never really get turned on to at all.
More importantly, I have been using my time to set up a local parents group, called The Lonely Parents Club.
I have written on the subject of loneliness before, and it is something which is big in the news at the moment too. People often talk about the elderly being isolated and loneliness taking a toll on their mental health but it's not as widely talked about within the parenting community, except from snatched conversations at toddler groups and maybe a confessional on a blog.
Having talked to many people and posted in a local Facebook group, I realised that there wasn't really a place for parents to go other than the many baby or toddler groups. Though these are wonderful and we are very lucky to have so many to pick from in our local community, they can often be very daunting to go to when you don't know that many people locally or are struggling in general. I wanted to create a space where parents could come with or without their children and feel at ease amongst others who were in a similar boat or feeling the same pressures. I also wanted the group to welcome parents whose children might be older, at school or nursery and wouldn't necessarily be able to go to some of the more generic groups. A place for adults to meet, where children are welcome but optional and where judgement wasn't going to be passed.
I have been lucky enough to receive a whole lot of support from the local community, not least the Abergavenny Community Centre who have been totally behind the idea and gone to great lengths to offer us a space without a set fee.
I'm overwhelmed, to be honest and though we have got off to a small start, it have been a really positive one and I'm hoping for the group to grow as we go along!
More posts on mental health here.