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Whether following Divorce, Separation, Widowhood or choice, becoming a single parent after separation comes with big changes. There will be challenges such as be learning how to adapt to being a solo-parent, putting co-parenting plans in place and dealing with changes in your child’s behaviour whilst they also adapt to living between two houses.

A big change you might experience is child-free weekends. You may find yourself twiddling your thumbs and feeling lonely without your children when they are spending the weekend with their other parent. It is important to have a strong support network around you who will help you navigate this. Reach out to family and friends or join local communities that can help to offer you support and advice.

FreshWalks
If you enjoy walking, FreshWalks is a community that offers different locations and distances for people who want to join a community. Giving you a boost in your physical fitness, improving your mental wellbeing and bonding with other like-minded business professionals over a shared sense of achievement. Find more information on their walks here: Freshwalks – CONNECT. RECHARGE. DISCOVER.

Social Circle Altrincham
If you find yourself with a small or non-existent social circle, you could attend a group to meet friends. Social Circle Altrincham is a members group of single adults in Greater Manchester. They organise diverse activities in Manchester with occasional trips further afield. Events are tailored to reflect their members’ interests, from meals out to country walks and weekends away. Find out more about them here: Social Circle Manchester. Social events, meet ups, holidays in Manchester. (social-circle.co.uk)

Local Cinema
Explore the empowering aspects of embracing solo activities, such as going to the cinema alone. Vue Altrincham offers single tickets at just £6.99 for the best seats in the screen. Other local cinema’s offer a discount on single tickets and you are more likely to be able to get seat at your chosen time to even the most popular films.

ParkRun
ParkRun is a free, community event where you can walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate. It is 5k and takes place every Saturday morning. ParkRun is positive, welcoming and inclusive, there is no time limit and no one finishes last. Everyone is welcome to go along.

Meditation
Mindfulness practices, such as meditation and deep breathing exercises, provide effective tools for managing stress. By focusing on the present moment, you can reduce anxiety about the future and regret about the past, allowing yourself to stay centered amidst life’s challenges. There is also apps where you can follow along such as ‘headspace’ if you are new to the meditation world! Guided Meditation App and Resources | Headspace

Facebook Groups
You could also join Facebook groups for your interests to hear about events, workshops or to chat online with likeminded people. Whether you like reading, walking, pottery, gardening, painting or interior design, there is a group for everything!

If you need legal advice or help on setting up a co-parenting plan, you can call us on 0161 980 6099 or speak to our Family Solicitor, Sarah Birdsey, on [email protected]