Type: Support Group, Sharing Space (Currently on a break):

The Village (Single Parent's Support Group)

Safe space for single parents from India or of Indian origin.

For Single Desi Parents Only
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  • Fees Type: Free
  • Medium:
    • 🌐 Online
  • City: Online Only
  • Facilitated By: Facilitators & Peers
  • Languages: English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada (English might be the primary language for this group)
  • Meets: Monthly
  • Participant Limit: 23
  • What Is The Village (Single Parent's Support Group) About?
    A support group for all (Desi) Single Parents needs.
  • What is your founding story?
    The Village aims to be a one-stop shop for all Desi Single Parents needs, whether it be for legal, financial, sex ed, mental, special education teachers/counsellors… etc. By providing Single Parents professionals, The Village seeks to remove the many levels of awkwardness that could come in while dealing with a non-single parent professional. The Village also seems to normalise the conversation about and around Single Parenting.
  • When was your support group founded? How has the journey been since then?
    November 2019. The journey has been organic and incredible. Nothing short of magical really. It is a very lasting feeling when a single parent tells me that something I did or said changed their lives. Or that being a part of a community kept them warm. It’s joy of sharing the burden is something that I am still struggling to articulate correctly.
  • Who is your support group for?
    The Village is a support group only for Single Parents, which by our definition is anyone who has in their active care a minor child, either by the grant of direct custody, secondary custody or by extension of the law (grandparents or other close relations deemed as legal guardians by the court), widowhood, desertion ,adoption, surrogacy. To join, you could also be at any stage of your separation or divorce proceedings. You will not questioned on your situation when you join, but if you do not fall within the definition above, we’d like it if you would help us maintain the privacy and the integrity of the group and move on to finding your solace elsewhere Note: This group is only for Desi/brown Single Parents as we seek to speak directly to the trauma and stigma that we very uniquely face where ever in the world we might be.
  • Explain your group's approach towards helping a person's mental health care.
    The need is to find mental health carers who have the emotional bandwidth to correctly empathise with a single parents struggles. One without judgement or condescendence. The endgame is to ultimately find the mental and emotional tools to thrive.
  • What is your group's approach towards professional mental health care interventions?
    We are putting together a list of Single Parent professionals.
  • What conversations is your support group not equipped to support?
    Nothing so far, we tackle everything from our own unique single parent perspective.
  • How does one sign up? What’s the coordination process like?
    Send us an email, we’ll send you a registration link.
  • Walk us through the average format of your group session.
    We usually don’t follow an agenda but sometimes I bring in an expert. Like last month I had a zentangle healer to take a session for us via zoom and it has now become a much requested practice.
  • What are your home rules/values?
    No ex-bashing, no bitching, no groupism and absolutely no one will assume the know-it-all attitude even if they are an expert. Humility is key to unlearning old patterns and learning new ones. No one is a victim here, everyone is just in need of steady ground, we all have to join hands and enable that.
  • What do you hope for participants in your group to take back with them after a session?
    Hope. Help. Healing and the feeling of home.

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