What is networking? It usually is one to one personal contact for information or support by phone, mail, e-mail, or in person through connected formal or informal ways.
Networking expands groups beyond the meeting times and includes those who cannot attend meetings. When groups are unable to meet regularly, or if they disband, the members often keep in touch through phone and mail networking. Networking provides an easy way to obtain support and information. It also relieves the isolation that so many parents experience. Networking may be the only way that parents in rural or urban areas, where there is no bus transportation or there are other hindrances, can feel part of a group and receive information and support. Networking provides many of the same benefits of belonging to a group. Parents who are networking feel strengthened by being connected to each other while sharing similar experiences, goals, difficulties, hopes, fears and information. Networking can be especially helpful for politically active groups who may wish to increase their opportunities for achieving their goals.
Where can networking occur?
It can occur almost anywhere there is another person! Networking possibilities may include family and friends and neighbors and:
Networking can also result by belonging to or creating:
Networking can be expanded by: