GATEWAY GATHERINGS

Gateway Women's in-person Gatherings are currently on hold worldwide due to Coronavirus. Many (but not all) of our old 'meetups' have moved onto Zoom. 

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 (not-mother) 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 full details and RSVP (or to connect with the Gateway Gathering Host for that event) you’ll need to be a member of the Gateway Women Private Membership Community (1st month free then free/reduced/modest fee thereafter as suits your circumstances.) All members are ID-checked upon joining and, as this is a manual process, please allow 24-72 hours for your membership to be approved. 

Global Online Gateway Zoom Cafes

  • Gateway Zoom Cafe: Hosted on Zoom by Karin Enfield (GW’s Operations Director) on the first and third Saturday of each month, for 1-hour. You can have your video/voice off if you’re shy and we welcome first-time zoomers! 1st Sat at 10am UK time (timezone suitable for UK, Europe, Australia & NZ); 3rd Sat at 6pm UK time (timezone suitable for UK, Europe, North America). Check in the ‘Events’ topic* in the GW MightyNetworks community to see the dates and links to signup for these. Open to all members.

  • Nomo Tribe Zoom Cafe: Hosted on Zoom by Jody Day, GW’s Founder on the 2nd Saturday of each month, it alternates each month between a morning/evening UK slot so that all timezones have a chance to join. Nome Tribe is a subgroup of the Gateway Women Private Membership Community and is for members who are embracing the “life unexpected” now that the storm of grief has passed. Find details and RSVP on the Events page* within Nomo Tribe here.
  • *Links will only open if you are a member; if not, it will prompt you to join. For more about the community, click here.

Local Online Gateway Gatherings 

  • To attend one of the GW Online Gatherings listed below, contact the GW Gathering Host for that meeting via the online community. You do that by following this link* which takes you to a post within the GW Online Community where all the Gatherings and their hosts are listed.
  • If you are interested to join an Online GW Gathering, please look to join the one closest to you geographically; one day this will become in-person GW Gatherings again and it’s nice to have local connections.
  • If there isn’t one close to you, please feel free to join in the Global Gateway Cafes* that we hold at least twice a month (to cover all timezones), and hosted by Karin Enfield (GW’s Operations Director). Jody (GW’s Founder) also runs a monthly Nomo Tribe Zoom Cafe* (for members who are mostly through the storm of grief and are embracing the life unexpected).
  • This is also a great way to see how an Online GW Gathering works should you wish to start your own in your local area one day. (If you’re interested in doing this, please send a PM to Karin Enfield* via the GW Private Membership Community for more details).
  • *Links will only open if you are a member; if not, it will prompt you to join. For more about the community, click here.)

If, after reading below, you have any further questions about attending a Gateway Gathering, please contact Karin Enfield, GW’s Operations Director either via PM in the online community or by email at karin@gateway-women.com

CURRENT LISTINGS FOR GATEWAY WOMEN LOCAL ONLINE GATHERINGS AT OCT 16TH, 2020

UK: ENGLAND  

Bath, Bristol & Surrounding Area: every other Wednesday at 8pm

Bournemouth every Monday at 6.15pm

Bristol & Surrounding Area: every 1st Saturday at 11am

Chester every 1st Sunday

Gloucestershire every other Saturday at 11am

Kendal / Lancaster every 4th Saturday at 11am

King’s Cross (London) every 1st Sunday

Kingston every 2nd Saturday at 11am

Leicester every 3rd Wednesday at 6pm

Manchester every 2nd Saturday at 11am

Manchester (Trafford Centre) every 4th Saturday at 7pm & every 2nd Wednesday at 7.30pm

Newcastle every 2nd Saturday at 11am

Oxford every 4th Tuesday (early evening)

Nottingham 1st Saturday at 11am

Reading 1st Saturday at 2-4pm

Worchester dates vary

To access the UK Group, find out more details and connect directly with your host, click here
(will only open if you are a GW member, and if not will prompt you to join.)

If you’d like to start a GW Online Gathering in your part of England, please join our community and get to know us
and/or send a PM to Karin Enfield via the GW Online Community

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UK: WALES

No Online GW Gatherings are currently active in Wales

To access the UK Group, find out more details and connect directly with your host, click here
(will only open if you are a GW member, and if not will prompt you to join.)

If you’d like to start a GW Online Gathering in Wales, please join our community and get to know us
and/or send a PM to Karin Enfield via the GW Online Community

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UK: SCOTLAND

Edinburgh – every 2nd Saturday at 2pm

To access the UK Group, find out more details and connect directly with your host, click here
(will only open if you are a GW member, and if not will prompt you to join.)

If you’d like to start a GW Online Gathering in your part of Scotland, please join our community and get to know us
and/or send a PM to Karin Enfield via the GW Online Community

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UK: NORTHERN IRELAND

No Online GW Gatherings are currently active in Northern Ireland.

To access the UK Group, find out more details and connect directly with your host, click here
(will only open if you are a GW member, and if not will prompt you to join.)

If you’d like to start an Online GW Gathering in Northern Ireland, please join our community and get to know us
and/or send a PM to Karin Enfield via the GW Online Community

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REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Ireland: Dublin 1st Saturday at 11.30am

To access the GW Ireland Group, find out more details and connect directly with your host, click here
(will only open if you are a GW member, and if not will prompt you to join.)

If you’d like to start a GW Online Gathering in your part of Ireland, please join our community and get to know us
and/or send a PM to Karin Enfield via the GW Online Community

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EUROPE

BE: Brussels every 3rd Saturday at 1-3pm – Hosted in English by Karin Enfield de Vries (GW’s Operations Director)

To access the GW Europe Group, find out more details and connect directly with your host, click here
(will only open if you are a GW member, and if not will prompt you to join.)

If you’d like to start a GW Online Gathering in your part of Europe, please join our community and get to know us
and/or send a PM to Karin Enfield via the GW Online Community (she speak English, Dutch, Spanish, Swedish, French…!)

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USA

CA: Orange County every 2nd Saturday

CO: Denver/Boulder every 1st Sunday 3pm

DC: Washington every 3rd Saturday 12pm

FL: Sarasota every 1st Saturday at 11am

LA: Baton Rouge every 1st Saturday

MD: Columbia every 3rd Sunday at 11 am

NJ: Cherry Hill every 2nd Thursday at 7pm

WA: Seattle 4th Saturday at 2pm

To access the GW USA Group, find out more details and connect directly with your host, click here
(will only open if you are a GW member, and if not will prompt you to join.)

If you’d like to start a GW Online Gathering in your city or state, please join our community and get to know us
and/or send a PM to Karin Enfield via the GW Online Community

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CANADA

ONT: Toronto / Barrie – 3rd Sunday of the month at 11am

To access the GW Canada Group, find out more details and connect directly with your host, click here
(will only open if you are a GW member, and if not will prompt you to join.)

If you’d like to start a GW Online Gathering in your state, please join our community and get to know us
and/or send a PM to Karin Enfield via the GW Online Community

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AUSTRALIA

Brisbane every 2nd Saturdays (& other dates)

Melbourne every 1st Saturday 4pm (dates may vary)

NSW – Central Coast every 3rd Saturday 10.30am

Sydney – every 3rd Wednesday 7.30pm

To access the GW Australia Group, find out more details and connect directly with your host, click here
(will only open if you are a GW member, and if not will prompt you to join.)

If you’d like to start a GW Online Gathering in your town, city or state, please join our community and get to know us
and/or send a PM to Karin Enfield via the GW Online Community

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NEW ZEALAND

No Online GW Gatherings are currently active in NZ.

To access the GW NZ Group, find out more details and connect directly with your host, click here
(will only open if you are a GW member, and if not will prompt you to join.)

If you’d like to start a GW Online Gathering in NZ, please join our community and get to know us
and/or send a PM to Karin Enfield via the GW Online Community

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ISRAEL

Tel Aviv (dates vary)

You can also join the closed Facebook Group “Gateway Women Israel” here

To access the GW Israel Group, find out more details and connect directly with your host, click here
(will only open if you are a GW member, and if not will prompt you to join.)

If you’d like to start a GW Online Gathering in Israel, please join our community and get to know us
and/or send a PM to Karin Enfield via the GW Online Community

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If you would like to start a GW MEETUP in a country not listed above, we'd love to hear from you too! Please join our community and get to know us and/or send a PM to Karin Enfield via the GW Online Community

63 Comments on GATEWAY GATHERINGS

  1. Hi Jody, are these meet up groups facilitated by someone who can introduce new members? Just wondering what to expect if I go to one – l’m a bit anxious! x

    • Lucy – all our GW Meetup Hosts are ALSO members of our private online community so you can get to know them that way and ask them whatever questions you need to feel safe enough to attend. The first one is often hard to go to and afterwards, you probably won’t believe that you didn’t go to one YEARS before!! You can join the private online community here (which is something different to the meetup site): http://www.gw-community.com Hugs, Jody x

  2. Hi Jody, I live in Auckland, New Zealand. I don’t see Auckland on your list, but I found a group meeting every 2nd Saturday in Auckland. I’ve sent the request to join. I would love to belong to one of the gateway group here down under. Thank you. Angela

  3. the list here says there’s a meetup in Zurich but I can’t find it when I click on the link, only the Geneva one is listed for Switzerland…. why is that?

      • Hi….I got an email about a CF meet up in NYC on Sundays. Can you please tell me where it is? I can’t seem to find it. Sorry.

        • Hi Susan, the location of the Gateway Women meetup in NYC is only visible to those who are members of the Gateway Women USA Meetup Group – this is for safety and privacy reasons. Go to http://www.meetup.com/gateway-women-usa and either join (if you’re not a member) or click through to the calendar to find the details for the NYC meetup – it used to be Downtown on the 2nd Sunday of each month, but that may have changed. Hugs, Jody x

  4. Hello
    Do you have a GW set up in Hong Kong as yet?

    If not I would be interested in starting one.

    Very best

    Donna

    • Hi Donna – we don’t have one in HK and have no plans to expand the Meetup network at present – it’s got pretty huge for us to manage as it is! However, if you’d like to join our online community I could introduce you to any other HK Gateway Women that way and/or connect you by email once you’re a member. Hugs, Jody x

  5. I’d be interested in a meeting in Plymouth Devon. Or the idea of arranging one if you could support my initial idea Jody Day?x

    • Hi Clare – we’d be very happy to have one in Plymouth. If you download the guide to starting your own meetup which you’ll find on this page, it gives you all the info you need and who to contact. Once it’s scheduled, do let us know at community@gateway-women.com and ask to have it added to the list here on the website. Thanks again, Jody x

  6. My name is Cláudia, I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and would like information to start a meeting in my region

    • Hi Claudia – I’m afraid we don’t have a Brazilian Gateway Women Meetup group through which you could schedule a meeting. However, if you were to create your own group on meetup for Brazilian childless women to meet, I’d be very happy to help promote it. Hugs, Jody x

  7. Hi Jodi, is there any plan to set up a meet up in Switzerland in Zurich? I am interested to do it. Please let me know.

    thanks,

    Jaque

  8. Dear Jody
    I would interested to start a Gateway Women group in Cornwall and wonder if you could let me know how best to go about that. Many thanks

  9. Hello Jody and thanks for all you do.
    I live in Riverside Cty which is next to Orange Cty California
    I would like to join the one in OC but joined meet up and cannot find their page. How would I go about doing this.

    Also, I was thinking of opening one here what are your suggestions?

    Thank you again
    Aletha

  10. Hi Jody, I think I would like to join the chester uk group as it’s great to see a site like this. Is the site for women who just ‘didn’t have children as it never happened but they are ok’ or is it for ladies that can’t have children? I’m very sensitive to all:-) thnx Angela

    • Hi Angela – Gateway Women’s meetups are ‘childfree friendly’ (ie: open to women who’ve chosen not to have children) but in reality, very few of them join us, as the focus of the meetups, and of my work, is supporting women who are ‘childless’ (not by choice). Hugs, Jody x

    • Hi Tessa – to join the Chester Meetup you’ll need to follow the steps outlined above (have listed them here too):
      1. Join meetup.com (if you’re not already a member)
      2. Join the Gateway Women meetup group for UK and Ireland http://www.meetup.com/gateway-women
      3. Wait for your membership to be approved (we do it manually, so can take a couple of days)
      4. Once approved, you’ll be able to see the full details and RSVP for any UK/Ireland meetups
      Hugs, Jody x

    • Hi Nancy – I’ve just added a link to the page which will take you through to a downloadable document which is my guide to starting a meetup. Have a read and do email us if you have any questions. We look forward to having a group in Indianapolis and as soon as it’s up and posted on the Gateway Women USA Meetup Group, do let me know and I’ll do a shout out for your meetup on social media! Hugs, Jody x

  11. I have registered but do not seem to be able to log onto the app it says use a web browser but that does not work either?

    • Hi Elizabeth – I’m sorry you’re having problems with the Meetup app – it can be very glitchy! We have no control over it I’m afraid and I tend to always use the computer version rather than the app as it has less issues. My advice is to give it a day or two and try again! Hugs, Jody x

    • Hi Rashmi – Thanks for taking the time to comment. We don’t have a meetup group in Phoenix right now, but we’d be very happy to help you get one going if you’d like that? If so, start by joining the Gateway Women USA Meetup Group and then email us at community@gateway-women.com and we’ll get you started! It can take a while to get a group going, up to six months or a year, so even if you don’t feel ‘ready’ to host the group, it would be great to have it up on the schedule and gradually local women will feel emboldened enough to attend. Hugs & thanks, Jody x

    • Hi Kirstie – yes, you can upload any picture you like, it doesn’t have to link to FB. Meetup just do a really rubbish job of explaining that. If you’re feeling private, the pic can be of anything, although obviously as this is about meeting up in person, a photo of your face is really helpful! Hugs, Jody x

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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)

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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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