MEETUPS

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Perhaps one of the most unexpected collateral losses of childlessness is that as well as losing the family we longed for, many of us also lose the vast majority (or even all) of our peer group too. Friendships between mothers and nomos (non-mothers) can be stretched to the limit by the now very different life experiences and priorities, and that’s without adding a toxic brew of resentment, jealousy, envy and grief. It’s time to get a nomo friendship supplement to keep you going as keep you company as you find your identity in a culture that considers childless women as not quite ‘proper’ adults…

To access the GW Meetups below, you’ll need to be a member of Meetup.com (free) and then apply to join the free GW Meetup Group in your country (see countries listed below and click on the link at the head of the list of locations). New memberships have to be approved by us manually to keep the groups as confidential as possible so it can take a few days for us to see that you’ve applied to join and approve your membership. All groups are private, not searchable by Google and not accessible by general members of Meetup or the public.

Check the list below for information about current live GW Meetups. If there isn’t a GW Meetup in your area yet, join the Meetup Group for your country and then suggest it to us and we’ll help you get it going: You can email us directly at community@gateway-women.com for help or support.

Click here to join/access the Gateway Women UK & Ireland Meetups

ENGLAND
Bishop’s Stortford 4th Saturday
Bournemouth 3rd Saturday
Brighton 4th Saturday
Bristol 1st Saturday
Cambridge 4th Saturday
Chelmsford 4th Sunday
Chester 1st Sunday
Chorleywood 3rd Sunday
Dorking 1st Tuesdays (early eve) but can vary

Kent 3rd Sunday
Leeds 1st Saturday
Lichfield (Staffs) 3rd Tuesday (early eve)
Liverpool 4th Saturday
London (Crystal Palace)1st Saturday
London (Holland Park) 2nd Sunday
London (St Pancras – Kings Cross) 1st Sunday
London (Kingston) 2nd Saturday
London (Wimbledon) 3rd Saturday
Manchester 1st Saturday
Newcastle 2nd Saturday
Norwich 1st Saturday & 3rd Saturday
Nottingham 1st Saturday
Oxford 4th Tuesday (early eve)
Petersfield 2nd Saturday
Preston 3rd Saturday
Reading 1st Saturday
Sheffield 1st Saturday
Solihull 2nd Saturday
St Albans 2nd Sunday
Sussex & South-East (Lewes) 4th Saturday
Swanage 2nd Sunday
Totnes 2nd Saturday
Urmston 2nd Saturday
Winchester 2nd Sunday
Wyre and Fylde 1st Saturday
York 1st Saturday

IRELAND
Ireland: Dublin dates vary
Ireland: Midlands & South East 3rd Saturday

SCOTLAND
Scotland: Glasgow 2nd Saturday
Scotland: Edinburgh (dates vary)

WALES
Cardiff 2nd Wednesday (early eve)

If there isn’t a UK or Irish meetup near you
please join the meetup group and suggest it.

Click here to join/access the Gateway Women Europe Meetups
CH: Geneva
Luxembourg
DK: Dusseldorf
If you’d like to suggest a meetup for Europe
please join the meetup group and suggest one.

Click here to join/access the Gateway Women USA Meetups
AZ: Phoenix 3rd Sunday
CA: Orange County 2nd Saturday
CO: Boulder 2nd Sunday
IL: Chicago 2nd Saturday
LA: Baton Rouge 1st Saturday

MD: Columbia 3rd Sunday
MO: St Louis 3rd Saturday
NJ: Jersey City 4th Saturday
NJ: Mt Laurel / Haddonfield 3rd Thursday (early eve)
NYC: Brooklyn 4th Sunday
NYC: Downtown 2nd Sunday
OH: Cleveland 1st Thursday (early eve)
OR: Portland Area 1st Saturday
SC: Charleston 3rd Saturday
UT: Salt Lake City 3rd Saturday
VT: Burlington 3rd Sunday
WA: Seattle 4th Saturday
If there isn’t a US meetup near you
please
join the meetup group and suggest one.

Click here to join/access the Gateway Women New Zealand Meetups
Christchurch
Auckland
Wellington
Napier
Dunedin
If there isn’t a NZ meetup near you
please join the meetup group and suggest one.

Click here to join/access the Gateway Women Australia Meetups
Brisbane
Sydney
Melbourne
Perth
Victoria
If there isn’t an Australian meetup near you
please join the meetup group and suggest one.

Click here to join/access the Gateway Women Canada Meetups
Calgary
Edmonton
Toronto
Vancouver
Winnipeg
If there isn’t a Canadian meetup near you
please join the meetup group and suggest one.

Click here to join/access the Gateway Women South Africa Meetups
Cape Town
If you’d like to suggest a meetup for South Africa
please join the meetup group and suggest one.

Click here to join/access the Gateway Women India Meetups
Mumbai
If you’d to suggest a meetup for India
please join the meetup group and suggest one.

And of course, don’t forget our amazing ID-checked, safe, GW private online community, available wherever you are in the world – even the bathroom at work when you need a dose of sanity in a workplace gone gaga over babies!

Click here for a list of all currently scheduled Gateway Women workshops

 

21 Comments on MEETUPS

  1. Hi. I’ve requested to join the group – have you received it ok? Will I get a notification via email when my application has been approved?

    Thanks
    Rach x

    • Hi Rachel – all done, just approved your membership. We approve all members individually as otherwise we get some inappropriate people joining such as fertility experts and, er, mothers?! So because of that extra process, it can take a few days for new memberships to be approved. Jody x

  2. Hi, I am from Liverpool and I would love to join a getaway women meet up. I do have a meet up app. Please can u let me know how I go about finding the local group. Thanks v much

  3. Hi Jody, Yes I am all sorted now 🙂 Still finding my way around the website and meet up alerts etc.. I tried to plan to attend a couple of meets but different things affected me attending. I have been looking for some kind of connected support around the whole nomo thing etc.. Cheers Julie

    • Please will someone at Gateway Women tell me what is the venue for the Meetup of London North BARNET on Sunday morning the 4 December? I have sent this request several times and am wondering if anyone is receiving them!

      thanks
      Helen Dymond

      • Hi Helen – I’ve just checked on Meetup and the venue is posted. The fact that you cannot see it would suggest that you are not yet a member of the private Gateway Women Meetup Group. For security and privacy, the full venue details are only visible to members. To join, go to http://www.meetup.com/gateway-women and click ‘ask to join group’. Once your membership has been approved (which is a manual process, and may take a day or so) you will be able to access the full details. We had to do this as we were getting men, mothers and fertility gurus joining the group in the beginning! The Barnet meetup is a lovely group of women (I know some of them personally) so do persevere, and if you have any further difficulty, email us at community@gateway-women.com and we’ll look into it. Hugs, Jody x

  4. I went to a meet up in Sheffield today and on one showed up. Clearly there are no childless people in Sheffield. Just me.

    • Hi Helen – I’m sorry there was no-one there! There are definitely GWs in Sheffield. The best thing to do is to RSVP to the Meetup (which then encourages others to do the same) and then to check BEFORE you leave the house whether others are attending (or have changed their RSVP from attending to not attending). If you were willing to be be made the ‘host’ of the meetup (which means you’d automatically be RSVPed ‘yes’ each month, but oculd manually change it to ‘no’ if you couldn’t attend), you’ll find that more women will show up. It seems nobody wants to the be ‘first one’ to RSVP ‘yes’ and of course NO ONE wants to be there on their own! So sorry that happened to you. Hugs, Jody x
      [PS: If you would indeed like to try being the host for a bit, email community@gateway-women.com and my assistant Helen will sort it out for you)

  5. Hi I requested to join and interested in Meet ups in Manchester, I can’t see any updated or links but I saw a Meet up in Manchester was advertised for Saturday 5th Nov at 11am. Please could admin forward me info.. I did fill in the sign up request although it was a bit glitchy… Thanks Julie

    • Hi Joolzanne – I’m guessing that your membership hadn’t been approved at this point? Our Meetup group is private and every new member is checked to make sure their application is appropriate. Are you sorted now? Hugs, Jody x

    • Hi Josie – there’s a meeting in Birmingham (Harbourne) on the 2nd Saturday of each month; in Birmingham (St Paul’s Square) on the 4th Saturday of each month and in Solihull on the 2nd Saturday of the month. To find out more and to RSVP you’ll need to join the free private Gateway Women UK & Ireland Meetup group – see above for how to do that. And welcome! Jody x

  6. Hi Jody,

    I’m interested in setting up a chapter in Mumbai, India. I haven’t been able to find a gateway group or similar through the meet up site.

    Rebecca

      • Hello Jody
        This is Mrs. Meenakshi here.
        Came across this getaways globally ..is there any getaways for women (nomos ) in Mumbai?
        Would love to meet up and get away with these sorrows…atkeats by meeting up with similar situation women.
        Would like to just celebrate life than keep moaning.
        Please reply.
        Thanks and Best Regards
        Meenakshi

  7. Hi Jody,

    I was wondering if it would be possible to start a meet up group in my City(Calgary)? There currently isn’t one running.

    Natali

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