Find out about - Single Friends United - for the people of Preston
Feb, 16 2021
The last 12 months have proved difficult for a lot of people. If you have a family you’ve had the added the pressure of home schooling your children and if you’re married you’ve probably grown closer together as you’ve spent so much time in each others company.
There are positive and negative outcomes that have surfaced throughout this pandemic. But what if you’re a single person and you don’t have a family or soul mate? How can you cope?
In November 2020 Ste Walker launched Single Friends United on Facebook. It’s main concept was to help bring single Prestonians together to connect on a digital platform.
Ste has been assisted by fellow group leaders including Ashton on Ribble woman Vicki Harris. The group has now grown to almost 500 members.
Vicki explained why it’s so important and how the groups helps each other,
“ In these difficult and isolating times, some people don’t have family or friends they can physically see. For many, social media is their only form of connection with the outside world. Our aim with the group was to create a positive, feel-good space where everyone can get involved - where we support each other, grow close and really care for one another”.
Themed days take place throughout the week which include ‘Mental Health Mondays’ and ‘Work it Wednesdays’ - where members can actively share their own or a family member’s business.
Members are encouraged to provide a snippet of their daily lives which include photos and live videos of their walks. Musically minded ones have given a taster of their live DJ sets at the weekend in which members can send song requests to keep the exciting interactive level going.
An associated Messenger group provides support for members who are getting fit and regular Zoom calls allow face time opportunities with fellow members.
Vicki encourages single ones to participate,
“ Anyone is welcome to join Zooms. We usually do a quiz and share a drink together and we have such a laugh. There are some newly-single people in the group and others who have been single for many years. Everyone can be involved in whatever way makes them happy”.
Single Awareness Day took place yesterday and for many individuals this marked a day to celebrate their uniqueness and to share the single road with others.
The long term plan for the group is to meet in person. When restrictions lesson more days out will be scheduled as will weekends and holidays away.
If you’re interested please visit the following page on Face book -
A new group is helping single Prestonians to connect.
^ Alex Ashworth CCG UK Blogger