Coffee Mornings: All welcome!
Coffee mornings are relaxed meet-ups for parents, open to everyone from bumps to babies and toddlers (mums, dads, grannies and other carers all welcome!). No need to forewarn us you're coming, just drop in and say hello! We know it can be daunting just turning up so if you would like to be connected to any if our hosts in advance, please drop us a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our current coffee meet ups are:
Ilford Coffee Morning
Mondays 10-12noon. Venue: City Gates Church, 25-29 Clements Road, Ilford, IG1 1BH.
Host: Smiya. Runs term time only.
Smiya is our volunteer host and local mum of two, she will make you feel very welcome so please come and join her! We have new people join every week so you don't need to worry about joining an existing group.
Woodford Bridge Coffee Morning
***NEW: Starting on Monday 14 January from 10.30-12noon
Venue: Costa Coffee Woodford Bridge, 688-690 Chigwell Road, IG8 8AH
Host: Lisa. Runs term time only.
Lisa is a local mum of two and has a 6 month old, you will find her on the sofas at the front, just on the left as you walk in! Attendees get a 10% discount :)
Wanstead Coffee Morning
Tuesdays 10.30-12noon. Venue: The Manor House, E11 2RL. Find us in the sofa area to the left of the bar!
Host: Frances - come and join this friendly group for a chat and a coffee. Once you attend you will be added to a whatsapp group and a network of other parents.
South Woodford Weekly Meet Up
Wednesdays from 12.30-2.00pm
Venue: Wildwood's, South Woodford,88-90 High Road, South Woodford, E18 2NA.
Host: Rokaya. Pop in for a coffee or stay for a bite to eat too. All welcome!
We are always looking for NEW HOSTS so if you would like to discuss starting a new meet up in your area or helping run one of the above meet ups, please get in touch on the address below. It is a great way to meet a network of local parents!
If you would like to be connected to any of our hosts or have any queries contact Indre via ParentSupport.Redbridge@nct.org.uk
Buggy Walks - Babies to Preschoolers Welcome!
Fancy some fresh air and a chat with other mums and dads? Come and join our Buggy Walks for a gentle stroll around the park, followed by a cup of tea.
Hosted by Jennifer and Mona - next event is Friday 11th January at 10.30am.
The walk is open to all and toddlers are welcome to waddle, scoot, hop, skip and jump along too.We will meet in front of Valentine's Mansion for 10.30am. There is a car park with plenty of space - entrance off Emerson Road. Toilets are located near the car park.
Loughton - Forest Walk
Hosted by Sarah and Jennifer - next walk Friday 18th January at 10.30am.
It begins with a walk up the steep Upper Park hill and then moves on to a lovely lap in the forest. All followed by a cup of tea and a well earned slice of cake in Hope Cafe (St Mary's Church, 201 High Road, IG10 1BB). We will meet at the corner of High Gables, but if you don’t fancy a hill walk then please let us know and we’ll see you at the top. To be connected to Jennifer and Sarah ahead of the walk, please contact email@example.com. Be sure to wear shoes that are comfortable when walking around the forest. It also may be a bit muddy!
NB. Please be aware that parents are responsible for their own children at all our events.
Soft Play Meetup
Friday 25 January at 10.30 -12noon
Venue: Owls Play Centre - Fairlop Waters, Forest Road, IG6 3HN
Everyone is welcome, please come along and join volunteer Mum host Mona and little one. We’ll meet in the baby area and have some NCT balloons so we’ll be easy to spot. We have arranged for adults to attend for free when you mention NCT, so you only need to pay entrance for your little one(s). Babies under 6 months are free and those under 1 are £1.60. Toddlers are £4.50. Please email us with any questions or to be connected to our host Mona in advance via firstname.lastname@example.org
Mum's Night Out
Are you craving some adult time and want to get out of the house and chat with others experiencing the same thing as you? Come along to this Mum's night out, hosted by Natalie - a local mum of two. First time bumps welcome too!
Next event: 18 January from 8pm - please come whenever you are able!
Venue: Sweet, 128-130 High Street (Barkingside), IG6 2DU
Please email us at email@example.com to express interest.
Bumps and Babies Groups: Expectant & New Mum's
These are relaxed and informal groups that bring together expectant mums/those with newborns who are around the same stage for a hosted initial coffee morning. It is a great place to make new friends with people in your local area, and share your experiences with people going through the same thing. Typically groups are around eight mummies.
The organiser will host the first meeting, and then distributes contact information to all those who wish to meet up again. Normally someone would volunteer to arrange the next meet up. There are no ‘rules’ however the groups work best if all members try to meet up regularly. Meets ups are usually held in the host's home. If for whatever reason you are unable to attend, you will always be invited back to the next meeting.
We are dependent on volunteers running these events so if you would like to host or join a group please send an e-mail with your name, due or birth date and postcode to firstname.lastname@example.org