THEY say talk is cheap.
And in this case – it’s free!
And talking online has helped a couple of South Shore women – who moved to Blackpool from outside the area – make new friends and help others too.
When Rachel Cringle first moved here from the Isle of Man, as a young mum, she found it hard to meet new people and socialise, so she decided to set up a special Facebook group.
She hoped it would be a 21st century way of chatting to other local mums and women her age – especially those who had little time or chance to get out and about.
And the 24-year-old has been taken aback by the response she has had to the group - there are now 190 members.
The chatting hasn’t just taken place online either as during the summer the group, called Girl Talk, had its first get together and members have met several times since for lunch, coffee and are planning a big Christmas party.
They will be using the party as an opportunity to help good causes and raise money for the British Heart Foundation and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Mum-of-two Rachel said: “I came over from the Isle of Man with my boyfriend, who is quite confident and has a lot of friends.
“So I set up a group as a way to talk to people and meet new friends.
“I was really surprised by how many people kept joining. There are some young mums, which is great, but women of all ages – that’s what really nice about it.
“It means we can socialise with people we don’t normally socialise with.
“It started off as talking online, but now people have been meeting up, going for lunch, taking the children to the park and so on.
“I think it can make a big difference to people who are new to the area and have been that little bit lonely.
“We’re like one big happy family, everyone has just clicked with each other.”
One of the first to join the group was fellow South Shore resident Andrea Masterman, who moved to the area from the Midlands.
The 31-year-old said: “I was going up and down to the Midlands a lot and even thinking about moving back, because I didn’t know anybody here.
“But I found this group and it was great. About 30 of us recently got together for the first time and everybody got on really well.
“I’m not a mum myself, but some of the girls are, and it’s great they can get together and their children play together.
“We can support each other and help each other when needed.
“We were talking about having a Christmas party and I thought it would be a nice idea to raise money for charity.
“We are raising money for the British Heart Foundation and Marie Curie. We are hoping local businesses might be kind enough to donate items for a raffle and auction to help us raise even more.
“I think it’s great social media has created this real 21st century way of people making friends and of helping people who are lonely or looking for friends in the local area.”
For more information or to help with the fundraising, log onto Facebook and search for “Girl Talk for All U Girls”.