Posts by Tony Hughes

Meet Helen from our creative session

Helen is an artist, teacher of art, creative workshop facilitator, a woman without children and a passionate animal lover. She believes everyone is creative. She supports people to connect or reconnect to their creative selves in a non-judgemental, fun and creative way. Helen also uses this connection to facilitate the miraculous power of the Healing…

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Meet Kirsty

Kirsty has over 20 years experience of working in the field of ageing. She began in 1994 running an advocacy and advice service for older people before becoming the manager of Well & Wise healthy living centre for older people in Camden. She went on to advise Age UK on social care policy and service…

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What you said in 2016

We Are Many Nomos 2016, provided a valuable space for connection, to be the majority for once. A wide range of speakers and activities covered the emotional and cultural aspects of childlessness and also, the practical, such as housing and options for living in older age. I was proud to be a participant in the…

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A comment from an attendee last year

Childless women by circumstance

I attended my first NOMO conference in 2016. It was daunting but I was so glad that I attended. The conference gave me the opportunity to speak to women on their own journeys, women who were at different stages of their grief. I took part in the art exhibition and was able to share my experience…

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A little about the Men’s Facilitator

Profile: Robin Hadley Robin was awarded his PhD in Social Gerontology by Keele University in December 2015. His PhD study, into the experiences of involuntarily childless older men, has received much international attention. Robin’s previous careers included roles as counsellor, deputy technical manager, scientific and technical photographer, kitchen assistant, and bar tender. Robin’s training as…

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Is it really different for boys?

[to paraphrase the song…. ] When it comes to answering such a question there are certain challenges. Much focus from health services, the media etc has been on female fertility matters and treatments. In more recent times, science at least has highlighted the numbers of men having difficulty with conception. Researchers though have sometimes found…

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Still hopeful

Dear Reader, It maybe that your story is one of still being hopeful of becoming a parent. You might be considering another round of I.V.F. Or are awaiting test results which will be of influence. Perhaps you are newly in a relationship but have yet to have THAT conversation. Perhaps you are no longer with…

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Have I the right to grieve?

We know the societal norms for grieving. It helps all sides adjust to a situation of major change. Those directly affected by the loss of a family member, a marriage, a pet perhaps are given ‘permission’ through these norms to behave in a way not normally seen. Tears, of course, loss of interest in things,…

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Invisible or hidden?

Since recognising how I felt about no longer being able to have children I have been caught between being ‘hidden’ and being ‘invisible’ to those around me. This double-edged sword takes some navigating. But there is no road map is there? Last year I referred to those who attended the first Conference as Pioneers. And…

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