Young families across North East Fife have joined together to support one another through this period of social distancing, home schooling and more thanks to an online forum set up by a local mum-of-two.
Cicely Threlfall founded the group, Bairns & Blether – North East Fife Family Support Network, on Facebook, initially as a space for her immediate network of fellow parents to chat, meet and arrange “virtual coffees” while the usual baby and child activities are on hold due to Covid 19.
The group has seen unprecedented growth since its foundation just last week, and has quickly become the go-to place for parents and carers of children of all ages living in and around North East Fife.
Members are using the group to share ideas for keeping children entertained at home, from chalk drawing on the driveway to cooking and baking indoors, as well as tips and videos to help with home schooling. They can share anxieties and concerns, ask for advice, or simply touch base with others in a similar situation.
As the group continues to grow, the plan is for members to host “virtual coffees”, giving mums, dads and carers an opportunity to have a blether and a hot drink from home via video call. The first such call connected six local mums with young babies, who will miss out on that all-important socialisation during the early weeks and months.
Members are looking forward to many more successful online meet-ups, as well as gatherings in person once the current restrictions are lifted.
Join Bairns & Blether – North East Fife Family Support Network on Facebook – all parents and carers welcome.