Gingerbread Groups – a huge success or a bit of a disappointment?
6 October 2019 at 6:25 pm #31212
Thanks, I’d be very interested in any ways there are to encourage or facilitate a better way to run the groups so that more people do get involved.6 October 2019 at 7:17 pm #31213
Fair shout for starting a group.
Your stats don’t surprise me, the vast majority of folk coming to gingerbread are doing it at a time of crisis, they will naturally reach out to anything that will help them with their situation, however as is normal the crisis soon passes so they lose interest in gingerbread so it’s no reflection on you.
I do believe that it hasn’t always been this way, a long time ago(before my time and I’ve been here over 10 years I think) gingerbread was a far different organisation, people didn’t just use it because they were having trouble, it was more a social thing for people in the same situation.
The forum itself has changed since I started using it and the form it’s in today doesn’t encourage folk to hang around, many are here for a quick fix for their situation and once that situation rights itself they are gone. Gingerbread has moved away from its roots to it’s detriment and I don’t say that lightly, I am fully behind what gingerbread stands for.
Thankfully the new way of looking at things by gingerbread will hopefully address these issues and encourage a longer term participation.
Mark6 October 2019 at 7:19 pm #31214
myname, I did a make a post about this, prior to your original post @ 5.39pm, but I believe my post is held up in moderation for some reason.
When a moderator notices that post, and releases it, you’ll know some of my thoughts in relation to how the formation of a group, and the choosing of a group leader, influence that group’s ability to grow and thrive.
the form it’s in today doesn’t encourage folk to hang around
I agree.And thank you for your contribution on what it was like long before my time. That’s appreciated.
Can you elaborate on GB’s “new way of looking at things”?6 October 2019 at 7:23 pm #31215
Hi myname Just to chip in re: meetup groups. I’d not be disheartened because from when I did use meetup it seemed to be the norm that organisers of groups of all kinds set things up but only a handful of people turn up even after signing up for events… It seems to be the norm on there. Many of the group membership requests are slow to respond though and the parenting ones in particular were a dead loss so if you’ve put effort into this and been let down well good on you for trying at least. Any attempt to create a community like that is commendable, so dont be disheartened by a poor response as there will be those that do appreciate your efforts.6 October 2019 at 7:33 pm #31216
welshdad, that has been my experience as well. I currently run only two Meetup groups. One’s a local (social) group of about 600. Average attendance at events is under 10. Yes, that’s it. 10 people. The other (special interest) group has 2000+ members. About 100 or so attend the weekly event (with a 40% churn). It is hard work!
but only a handful of people turn up even after signing up for events
I don’t take that nonsense. All RSVP cancellations have to happen within the allowed time otherwise you’re marked as a no show. Three no-shows and you’re out! (I can’t see that kind of discipline working in a single parent group though ;))
I don’t believe there is any good single parent Meetup group in the SE of England.6 October 2019 at 8:23 pm #31218
The way that gingerbread staff have set up a co production panel to inform and influence how to best move forward shows their new way of engagement with folk. As you’ve said they are even engaging with ‘someone like you’ which says a lot.
It would be worth knowing that many of the current management are new, as in they have come to gingerbread within the last 18 months so are bringing a new perspective to the charity.6 October 2019 at 10:42 pm #31226
Thanks for getting back. Okay, I’ll keep an open mind given it’s new management and all.
As you’ve said they are even engaging with ‘someone like you’ which says a lot.
Does it say a lot? Okay, if you say so 😉