Social group launched to connect Welwyn Hatfield parents

PUBLISHED: 20:31 07 February 2014 | UPDATED: 20:31 07 February 2014

Rachael Saffer, cllr Lynne Sparks, Charlotte Yeowell 3mnths, Sara Johnston, WelHat Parents Connect organisor Carrie Gibson

Rachael Saffer, cllr Lynne Sparks, Charlotte Yeowell 3mnths, Sara Johnston, WelHat Parents Connect organisor Carrie Gibson

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Parents in Welwyn Hatfield are being encouraged to get involved in the community by attending a new after school social group.

Mother-of-two Carrie Gibson hopes to get mums and dads who are feeling lonely or isolated together for informal meetings once a month.

With WelHat Parents Connect she wants to get parents, councillors and organisations together on a monthly basis.

The Widford Road resident wants people to share experiences, problems and get people offline and meeting face-to-face.

After moving back to Welwyn Garden City after 12-years she found a sense of community was lacking and decided to create one.

The 38-year-old said: “Moving back here felt quite isolating, some of my friends had never moved and it felt weird coming back.

“Other people I knew were having problems with housing and so on, and they didn’t know who to call.

“And I did, so I realised I could help people this way”

She added: “But it is something I wanted to do anyway so I decided to go for it.

“I hope it will be like the face of Mumsnet.”

With the help of Welwyn Hatfield Conservatives she will launch WelHat Parents Connect on February 27 at YMCA Space in Welwyn Garden City at 4pm.

Hatfield councillor Lynne Sparks threw her support behind the club. She said: “Some people feel intimidated by approaching a councillor, or they don’t know what we do.

“But we can help and an informal group is a great way to do that.”

Jonny Ball, constituency agent for Grant Shapps, who is helping co-ordinate the group, said: “It is our duty to connect it all together.”

To get involved in the meetings contact Jonny Ball at jonny.ball@welhatconservatives.com

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