This group is for adults not currently in relationship, to meet others socially. This is not specifically a dating group, more a social group; a way to meet new people in the same boat as you. There will be some people here looking for love, but more are looking for friendship, community, or just a social evening out.
The people in this group:
There are people of ALL ages in this group. I have an event for a variation of under 45/ 30s 40s, every month, and also a 45+ event every month. I also have a mixed age event, labelled just 'Social' Generally the age will be aged 40+
People new to Bristol/ UK (some practising their English. This is a welcoming multicultural group).
People recently divorced, separated, or previously widowed.
People whose friends are in relationship, don't go out because of child care commitments, or can't be bothered!
People who may be nervous at first, or uncertain where and how to meet others.
People not ready for dating
People who are!
Above all, people who like to socialise.
I find that the people in this group are generally polite, good people.
At the moment we have bar socials every week on a Wednesday. Occasionally we may meet on a Friday night, but it is mostly Wednesdays atm (due to my other commitments.)
At most events I encourage people to stand, to make it easier to socialise. But there are always seats available too.
Every month, we have a new members night. This event will be replaced in June with something much better! An event for people who prefer something that makes it easy to start conversation. A more structured event with questions that facilitate getting to know each other, and sussing out who you get on with. There will also be prizes!
The calendar rotates through a 4 weekly repeating cycle of:
Week One 30s and 40s Social,
Week Two Mixed Social for everyone
Week Three First timer's event
Week Four 45+ event
Usually at least 1/3 of the people at each social are first timers and nervous! Most people were the same once! This is not a cliquey group; friendliness is fostered from the beginning. The people here want to meet new people. I also make it my job to greet you, to encourage approachability, and to facilitate, so that new members in particular, are put at ease (see testimonials for the group, see also comments on each past event).
Events are held in various popular, and well researched bars in Bristol; in Clifton, Park Street, Whiteladies Rd, Cotham, Redland, Bristol Centre, Gloucester Road, Bedminster, Totterdown. My aim is to help you get to know some of the best bars and areas that Bristol has to offer, so new bars are added to our venues regularly.
At the venue, please ask for Shelley's area, and look out for Meetup signs nearby. Shelley will be looking for you too. We will always have a private area reserved for us, and sometimes have the whole bar to ourselves. We will never have a sign saying 'single' or 'social solos.' Though we often have a lot of interest in our group from other people in the bar! Please also read the information for specific meetups; there may be specific information for that meetup location.
To join this group is free. The Wednesday Socials (Mixed, 45+ and 30s and 40s) are £3 on the door.
The current First Timer's event is £4, payable ont he door.
The upcoming new First Timer's event will be £5 in advance/ £6 on the door
I receive many compliments for being well organised, for facilitation, and for putting people at ease. It is my time and attention to detail that you pay for. This group has been growing consistently and solidly for years.
Please note that you can adjust your settings to decide which notifications you receive from this group (sometimes the website sends too many, especially if you join other groups too, so be discerning!)
One of our members has informed me that his name came up in web listings for social events, after clicking 'attending' to an event organised by another website/ social group. I don't know if this happens with Meetup. Perhaps if you are worried about this happening to you, use a pseudonym.
How to get the most out of the Social Solos group:
If you are technically minded enough (don't worry if not! Meetup.com are very good at helping you out with technical difficulty. Just email them), have a clear profile photo of your face, so that other members can see who you are, and find you between socials.
Interact with members between socials using meetup's email system and my Facebook Page.
You are much more likely to make friends (and meet a potential partner!) if you come to events regularly, and without other friends. There is an event available to you almost every week of the year. MANY people come to these events to see other people they have met at previous events, and for the sense of friendly community. There are also lots of new people each time, who are welcomed by all of us (at least 1/3 of people at each event) This is an ever evolving community and it seems to make people happy!
You have everything you need on this website, but in order to attract more people in the same boat, for us all to meet, I have a Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/Bristolsocialsolos. You can add me as a friend.
I'll look forward to chatting with you when I get the chance!
(Whilst other groups have many organisers and lots of different activities, I prefer to keep it simple and effective. Currently I am the sole organiser of this group and these events. Ocasionally I have assistance if events are busy. This group is run very differently to the others that you may have joined on Meetup.com in that it started as a community group, and developed in to a small part time business, to pay for my costs and time, due to demand. See why for yourself!)
Please see my newsletters, under the tab at the top of the home page, marked 'Discussions', for more information about this group.