We are a social and activities based group for Peterborough and the surrounding area. We are the oldest established group in the area with one of the most active memberships.
'Diversity' is my aim for In Touch in both activities and membership as I think this creates a more stimulating group. I try to maintain this by controlling entry to the group.
Our diverse range of regular monthly events include:- New members night, Coffee mornings, Badminton, Poker nights, Games afternoons, Philosophy Discussions, Cycle Rides, Current Affairs Discussions, Leisure & social walks, Table Tennis, Meals out (World Cusine, Chinese, Curry Night, Fine Dining), Live Music Events, Pub quiz's, Pub Meetups, Cinema Nights, Ten pin bowling and Comedy nights.
As the group has grown we are now creating a range of our own unique events including 'Geo Cache Trail' and 'The Aliens have Landed'.
We also organise the bigger more difficult events other groups don't. Our extensive list of bigger events include:- Theatre trips, Rounders, Archery, Quad Biking, White Water Rafting, Scalextrics Racing, Theme Park Visits, Escape Rooms, Hovercraft Driving, Shooting events (Clay Pigeon & Pistols/Riffles), It's-A-Knockout, 5K Inflatable Challenge and Karting.
Previously we have arranged Day trips, Weekend breaks and holidays and are always looking for new things to try. Our holidays so far have included Wye Valley, Denmark, Brighton, Iceland, Bruges, Krakow, Barcelona, Liverpool, Dublin, 3 Ski Trips, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Prague, Vienna, Ljubljana and Budapest.
This group is an organiser based group with experienced event planners taking the lead in organising events. We have sound financial control and a group kitty as a limited insurance for our events. This hopefully gives people more confidence with our events and a more professional feel to the group.
The group was founded in Jan-2012 by Janet Wilkinson.
Lotte Kolind ran the group from Nov-2012 until July-2013.
Jonathan Rippon has run the group since June-2013.
In Touch is completely free to members. We have a purely voluntary kitty so people can contribute to the group which allows us to organise bigger and better events plus also acts as a limited insurance if companies we book with go bust.
CODE OF CONDUCT / BEHAVIOUR
I expect everybody to treat others with respect. I will remove any member showing inappropriate or antisocial behaviour. The group is also private, which means non-members cannot see who is a member - so you should feel safe joining us.
I try to maintain a diverse age range within the group from people in their early 20's through to people in their 50's. We have events to suits younger as well as older people. We have host's in their 20's, 30's, 40's & 50's.
The group welcomes everybody on an equal basis and enjoys the diversity of having many people in the group who are not native to Peterborough / England. We have people from Portugal, Poland, India, Iran, China, Peru, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Brazil, Latvia, Lithuania, Australia and New Zealand within the group.
THIS IS NOT A SINGLES OR DATING GROUP - This group's prime aim is to organise fun activities for people to enjoy and to enable people to socialise together. Most of our members tend to be single but we also have many couples within the group too. My main aim is to create a community of people who support each other !
JOINING THE GROUP
Anybody who complies with the above can apply to join the group but be aware that I do limit entry to try to maintain the diversity of the group. This can mean that your held on the pending list for a period of time, depending on who else is applying to join at that time.
We recommend that you try to come along within the first 6 weeks of joining. If your shy or reluctant for whatever reason, contact me or another one of our event hosts and we'll help you take that first step.
Be aware that I actively manage our members list and do remove inactive members - this is to keep our membership count real. You will be able to re-join at another time.
We do require all members to have a portrait style photo of themselves for identification purposes. If you submit a photo or picture of anything/anyone else but your self, your request to join will be declined. This is important for the hosts as they need to know who is coming to the events, but it also increases the trust and security within the group - which is very important to us.
CONTRIBUTING TO THE GROUP
We have a dedicated group of organisers within In Touch but are always looking to encourage new organisers/hosts to join the leadership team. If you've been in the group for 5 months or more and would like to organise or host an event - please contact me. I'll help you plan your first few events to build your confidence. The involvement of members helps the group continue to grow and offer a large range of events to suit all.