Online Speed Dating
Newcastle's Online Singles Events
Virtual, person-centred events to reduce our social isolation and help us connect with other local singles in this age of uncertainty and self-isolation.
We may be stuck at home - but that doesn't mean we want to be alone or stuck feeling lonely like there's no chance to meet new people.
So let's jump online and instead of swiping and endless text chats without the likelihood of meeting in person, let's talk to real people - see their faces and connect on a deeper level.
Supporting each other, being kind to each other, providing some social respite.
How it works:
Book in for one of the event dates listed below. You'll then receive an email with a link to the page you can go to at the time of your event. If you can access it on a desktop will be a much better experience than on a phone or tablet.
The dating kicks off once everyone is online. The women will have a set 'table number' that they will stay on for the duration of the event. The men will need to switch between video links for each new conversation. This means that the women keep their meeting link open the whole time, but the men will need to open a new meeting link for each round. The 'dates' will run for 7 minutes of conversation with live video streaming and friendly chats.
At the end of each conversation, you mark 'yes' or 'no' next to the name of the person were just chatting with on the google sheet that is given to you individually in your email. This google sheet will be what we use instead of the physical match cards. If you both mark "yes" then I will send you each other's contact details so you can have a phone call, or a catch up (making sure you're following social distancing protocols), or more video calls until we're allowed out of isolation.
All events are digitally anonymous - meaning you don't have access to anyone's contact details and they don't have access to yours unless you both say yes. It also means that the attendee list is not published anywhere for anyone to see. Only you (and I) will know you're going - unless of course, you say so on social media, which gives good publicity for Sen but is in no way a requirement for attendance.
We will be running the events via live video streaming. Each private conversation will be recorded and accessible to the event host. This is not because I'll be spying on you, but because it adds a layer of protection when navigating the world online. It means that any complaints about behaviour can be reviewed accurately. It's for your safety and mine.
WHEN TO SAY YES OR NO
Tick "YES" if you enjoyed chatting with that person. The 7 minutes should be long enough to tell if you can have a 30-minute conversation and if you had some level of connection – if that’s the case then say yes! Go for a coffee and see if you can have a longer chat and take it from there.
Tick "NO" if you didn't enjoy that person's company or if you didn't click at all and would rather not have another conversation with them.
DON'T BE A JUDGY McJUDGERTON
Try not to judge the conversation based on whether you have instant chemistry, that's not what this is about. This is about making new connections, building networks and increase your chances of finding love by expanding your social exposure. Many people are very nervous and it's hard to make a good first impression if Speed Dating is way out of your comfort zone, so be kind to the people you're meeting, if they seem awks it's probably because they're nervous.
What other people are saying...
Superb night! I met some really nice guys. Can't wait to go on some dates! Thanks for putting it on Milly.
- M. Female, 30s
Been to a couple of the mixers and had a really good night, talked to some truly lovely people. After the event we went on to a local pub to listened to a band and partied on. The host makes sure the event is safe and friendly and is helpful in getting people talking with each other.
-- I. Male, 50s
I'm 29 and I met my gf who is 38 there couldn't recommend this way of meeting a potential partner high enough!
-- K. Male, 20s
Great night out, I had a lot of fun and I would recommend this event for those who enjoy meeting new people. Everyone was friendly and its a good amount of time to work out if you would like to go on a date. Most the men were in the upper end of the age bracket so if I went again I would go the age bracket below. I went on a lovely date with a man I wouldn't have met if I didn't give speed dating a crack so it was definately worth doing.
-- J. Female, 30s
Was a fun night. Nice people there and nice to meet you as well. The venue was perfect I thought. It was the first time I've tried speed dating but it was good fun and I'd definitely try it again.
-- D. Male, 30s
Thanks Milly, great night!
Also some small feedback on the venue - I’d been to a previous speed event of yours at the Depot venue - I found the layout and general feel of the monk venue much more friendly and laid back.
I had a great time at both nights, either way, but figured I’d let you know I liked the change.
-- S. Male, 20s
Great experience! Thank you :)
Was a tip top night. Enjoyed the experience. Thank you kindly.
Very well organised and lovely venue. Really enjoyed it. Thank you :)
I attended a 30-40’s speed dating night back in December, and although nothing eventuated from it, I still had a great time and met some some really nice genuine people. My first thoughts on it all was that it was very well organised, and professionally run in a very relaxed environment.....I look forward to more events as such. And thankyou again Milly for doing a great job.
-- D. Male, 40s
So far I have been to a speed dating event and a singles mixer and have had a great time meeting new people. Milly is an awesome host and always makes everyone feel at ease. I am looking forward to my next singles mixer next week. 😊
-- S. Female, 50s
I recently tried the Speed Dating in Newcastle. I had a fun time and met some cool people. Nothing came of it romantically but it was a great way of meeting new people as I'm originally from Sydney. I wouldn't say I'm a chatty person but I felt comfortable enough to converse through the event. I'd do it again. 😀
-- S. Male, 30s
Milly i love your events and love the passion you put into them. please don't stop being an amazing human being!
-- K. Female, 30s