The Instructions Not Included campaign will help promote a shift in attitudes so that seeking support is seen as a sign of strength. By unlocking the power of parents and families to help themselves and one another, we will reach out to more families, overcome more barriers to support, and help to prevent the escalation of parenting problems.
Do you have an older single mum or dad? If so head to myLovelyParent and help them meet someone new.
We’ve partnered with newly launched website myLovelyParent, to make sure single older parents have the support they need when meeting new people online.
The inspiration came when the founder’s mum, a single lady in her 60s suggested he helped “find her knight in shining armour”. myLovelyParent was born, a safe and easy to use website where adult children encourage their single parents online whether for companionship or to meet someone new. Thousands of people have signed to the site, which went live in October.
We have teamed up with myLovelyParent to provide its users with the emotional family related support they may need during their online journey. Through our free, confidential helpline services we often hear from single parents who are struggling with the reality of isolation and loneliness, whether as a result of divorce, separation or bereavement. Juggling family life makes it hard to meet a new partner, and when their children grow up they often worry about their older parent struggling alone in later life.
The barriers and stigmas associated with online dating are changing. For people under 35 online dating is now the second most common way of starting a relationship. For people over 55 years it’s rapidly moving the same way – this age group are now the fastest growing segment of the online dating population.
So, how does it work?
Adult Children are asked to write a little about their parent or older relative. An email is then sent to the mum or dad inviting them to the site. Meanwhile the child can view potential matches and ‘recommend’ them to their parent. Of course, it is ultimately up to mums and dads to decide whether they join the site.”