Sometimes we all need a chat. Whether it’s a moment to mull over motherhood or a conversation about something far-flung and fascinating – The Together Table is here to give parents a break from the daily mummy monologues. Founded by Tiny Table, this ground-breaking new initiative aims to turn the tables on loneliness experienced by new mums through talk and togetherness.
Did you know that a colossal 80% of new mums say the sometimes feel lonely? The familiar daily grind of work stops, gossip turns to ga-ga and your sense of identity seems a far distant memory.
Unlike other mums meet ups, around THE TOGETHER TABLE mums pick the subject and together we get talking. From swaddling to social media – no topic is off limits and we may even invite an expert or two for our babe-friendly bitesized TINY TALKS. Partnering up with baby-friendly cafes – we’ll provide a trusted table in your neighbourhood, a little sensory stimulation for the babes all whilst we sip and spill the tea.
Open to mums with bump to babe in arms (upto 20 months), we believe that forging local friendships before babe can make those heady days post-birth a little more manageable, especially when 33% of new mums say they’re worried about “everything” on their first trips out of the house. If you’re too shy to speak to pram-pushing strangers, let us break the ice. Together we can change the conversation around loneliness and motherhood – welcome to The Together Table.
Featured on BBC Radio London…
Leading the discussion around loneliness amongst new mums and social prescribing, Tiny Table founder – Nicola Wilson, was invited to discuss The Together Table with the breakfast host Vanessa Feltz.
WHERE CAN YOU TAKE A SEAT AT THE TOGETHER TABLE?
Take a look at our list below to see where your nearest neighbourhood Together Table is…
Wardrobe & Wellness with stylist Stevie B
Date & Time: Monday 1st July, 10am to 12pm
Location: Hygge Pygge Cafe, Camden
From red carpet to glossy magazine, celebrity stylist Stevie B will be joining us around The Together Table on Monday 1st July at Hygge Pygge Cafe to reveal her top tips for regaining your style and confidence after giving birth. As a mum of two, Stevie knows just how hard it can be to break free from a style rut and embrace an affordable and assertive new look all whilst being true to your form and figure. If you fancy snagging her style secrets, secure your spot around the table – drop us an email at email@example.com and we’ll pop your name on the list.
37 Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London, NW1 8AJ
Kids & Food Allergies with Little Bandits’ Jessica Harris
Date & Time: Monday 5th August, 10am to 12pm
Location: Hygge Pygge Cafe, Camden
When Jessica Harris’ son was diagnosed with food allergies, she was overwhelmed with the wealth of conflicting and confusing advice made available to her. In a bid to serve up free-from healthy snacks suitable for little ones with food intolerances, she launched Little Bandits – natural, dairy-free and vegan friendly yogurts for kids and families. Jess will be joining us around The Together Table to share her story and reveal her top tips for making living with allergies manageable – from one parent to another. Fancy joining us on Monday 5th August in Camden? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot around The Together Table
37 Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London, NW1 8AJ
Coffee & Chat with The Munch Brunch Kids’ Poppy Woodcock
Date & Time: Monday 8th July, 10am to 12pm
Location: Soane’s Kitchen, Ealing
Calling all West London mamas, join Tiny Table and The Munch Brunch Kids around The Together Table at Soane’s Kitchen on Monday 8th July. Brunch aficionado and marvellous mama, Poppy Woodcock, founder of tantalising breakfast guide of The Munch Brunch Kids will be joining us to chat the best family-friendly breakies in London and sharing her top tips for brunching with baby. If you’d love to join us for coffee and croissants drop us an email at email@example.com.
Soane’s Kitchen, Pitzhanger Manor, Walpole Park W5 5EQ
Kids Snack Workshop with Mimi’s Bowl
Date & Time: Friday 19th July, 10am to 12pm
Location: Maggie & Rose Chiswick
Snacks and toddlers go hand in hand, but if you’re searching for nutritious nibbles that don’t come out of a packet, we’ve got just the ticket! We’re elated to announce that home chef, mama of two and founder of Mimi’s Bowl – Miriam Cooper will be joining us around The Together Table on Friday 19th July at Maggie & Rose Chiswick for an exclusive Tiny Talk all about healthy snacks for little ones 1 years and upwards. From top tips and recipe ideas for mini-bites – Miriam’s innovative yet accessible snack ideas are a must for mamas on-the-go. Plus, for all mums attending you’ll take home @mimisbowl snack recipe cards to whip up your very own tasty, toddler treats at home. Secure your spot at this FREE and baby-friendly event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maggie & Rose Chiswick, 1 Essex Pl Square, Chiswick, London W4 5UJ
We’ll be bringing The Together Table back to East very shortly – if you’re a cafe or restaurant who’d love to host The Together Table for mamas across East London to meet, eat and muse about motherhood, drop us an email email@example.com
We’ll be bringing The Together Table back to South London very shortly – if you’re a cafe or restaurant who’d love to host The Together Table for mamas south of the river to meet, eat and muse about motherhood, drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
WHY IS THE TOGETHER TABLE NEEDED?
1. NEW MUMS FEEL LONELY
A staggering eighty per cent of new mothers want more mum friends – but thirty per cent have never started a conversation with another mother which led to them being friends*. Together, we need to break the taboo around loneliness and new mums.
- 53% of mums want more friends locally with whom to share problems and experiences
- 61% try to hide their feelings from friends and family
- Only 38 per cent have ever told their partner how they feel
- 54% of mums feel more friendless than before they had children
- 24% of new mums questioned said they had no family living nearby
- More than half of parents said problems with low self confidence was a cause of loneliness, with well over half feeling lonely at the school gate (57%) or at playgroups (59%)
2. FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Did you know that a staggering 91 per cent of new mothers were “too busy” getting used to being a mum to eat “properly” in the early days? The Together Table aims give new mums a nutritional respite in the early days of motherhood.
- In the first six months of being a new mum, half ate more takeaways, one third tucked into more fried foods, 45 per cent munched on more ready meals and 44 per cent consumed more crisps.
- A whopping 78 per cent had days during the same period when they barely ate anything at all
- One in four admitted they were not prepared for the negative effect having a baby would have on their diet.
- More than a quarter were so exhausted with the added demands of parenthood they consumed foods which were quick and easy to prepare.
3. FUSS-FREE FAMILY DINING
Findings from a survey conducted by Mush app indicate that a whopping 33% of new mums said they were worried about “everything” on their first trips out of the house with their baby. At Tiny Table, we aim to inspire, to delight and to unite parents who long for fuss-free dining with their little ones. The Together Table is designed to offer welcome seats for both mother and babe and are placed in an array of local eateries where dining out with the family is as easy as pie. If we can offer one less worry for new mamas, let’s make it a delicious one.
LET’S WORK TOGETHER
Would you love to join our roster of Tiny Talk experts? Are you a restaurant who wants to help connect new mums in your neighbourhood? We want to hear from you – drop us an email at email@example.com and together we can help combat loneliness experienced by new mums through talk and togetherness.
* SOURCES: Mush survey, 2017 Mumsnet survey; A report looking into the impact of loneliness in children, young people and families – Jo Cox Loneliness & Action for Children; Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board