In less than a year Widowed Friends of Halton has grown from an idea to a reality.
Starting with a Sunday cocktail event in May 2015, with just 25 attendees, our membership has continued to grow to over 140 members, with more joining monthly from Halton, Peel, Hamilton and Brant counties.
As a recent widow, I sometimes found myself at loose ends on weekends, a particularly difficult time for people who have lost their spouse, and wondered if there were others in the widowed/widower community also feeling the same way. What could be done to connect people together so we could all benefit from understanding friendships and social support?
After a lot of research and discussion, the Widowed Friends of Halton community was created.
From the start, the focus was on developing weekly events, so members always had something to look forward to and new members had an opportunity to interact with the growing community. As a result the calendar is full of group get togethers that members can join and enjoy on a weekly basis.
With so much planning and developing to get the group off the ground, it was a great help when Dorothy joined the group and offered to partner in all the organizing and event creation.
So ten months in, the group has weekly events to attend, familiar faces to greet at each event and fun things to do as they continue on their life’s journey.
We have great ideas and plans for the future. You can find out about them by reading this blog, joining our Facebook page and keeping track of events on Meetup. Remember that the Meetup and Facebook groups are private, so you must join them online by completing a request to join form.
We’d love to have your comments and thoughts about the group, so please feel free to comment below. See you at the next event!
Stephanie & Dorothy