Singles' nights still going strong
Following conversations with local residents in Denton South in July 2016, it emerged that people over 50 very much wanted to arrange ways in which to pair up with others for dog walking and also to find other people to talk to generally, and spend time with by way of companionship.
As a result of various discussions after this initial exploratory meeting, an initial singles’ event took place in January 2017 in Audenshaw.
Following the event, a survey was sent to all those who attended and the feedback was carefully analysed. The majority of people who responded said they very much enjoyed themselves and wanted to participate in more of the same sorts of social evenings in future.
A second event took place in April 2017 in Ashton Under Lyne – the change of venue was designed to attract more people from the Waterloo area of Tameside. It was also free of charge to use, which was a great advantage because it reduced expenditure. Additionally there was access to a quiet area within the building which allowed people to talk more, rather than try to shout over music.
Again a questionnaire asking for feedback was sent to everyone who attended, with 56% saying they had formed new friendships or relationships as a result. Additionally, some 59% of those who returned a feedback questionnaire said they would be keen to help organise the next singles event.
A lot of people made successful connections at the evening and were keen to attend future events of a similar nature.
A meeting of everyone interested in forming a group to make the singles night a regular occurrence then took place. Six people who attended the second social event were at this planning session. It was agreed by all those present that the next night organised should probably take place at a venue which gave people a chance to chat without having to overcome loud music background noise.
Both singles event had a very positive effect on all those who attended. Comments coming back via the second feedback survey included:
“I enjoyed the quiz because it was a joint effort. The music was suitable for everyone. The idea to get us all to mingle was a very good one.”
“Thank you for your time and energy in arranging this event – it was evident that many people enjoyed it.”
“I enjoyed all the talking and dancing and the organisers made a real effort to make the event worthwhile and went to great lengths to get everyone motivated.”
A meeting of everyone interested in forming a group to make the singles night a regular occurrence has taken place. Six people who attended the second social event were at this planning session. It was agreed by all those present that the next night organised should probably take place at a venue which gave people a chance to chat without having to overcome loud music background noise.
Following wider discussion among the group, it was agreed to plan a dinner out, then possibly a disco at Christmas. Research was then arranged to explore whether any local businesses would be prepared to host a meal.
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