I moved away from my home town of Bristol when I was 22, first to Cyprus then to Tamworth. I settled in Tamworth with my partner some 5 years ago now. I missed my home and my friends but pre children I worked all week and had the unappreciated ease and freedom to drive the 100 miles home and catch up with loved ones.
It was only when having my first child and being on maternity leave I really felt I was missing out by missing home. As I faced long stretches of endless feeding, nappy changes and walks to the shops it dawned on me that my company was this tiny baby. This baby who couldn’t converse with me, couldn’t even smile yet. At times my other half worked long hours and sometimes I could go most of the day only having had a one way conversation with a newborn. Things needed to change.
So I dragged myself to a local mother and baby group. That was quite honestly the first day of the rest of my parenting journey. I met a woman there who I had met some months previously at our ante natal group, she has since become one of my closest and most treasured friends. She has helped me through the tears and tantrums (mine not just the babies), she was there when my second born in hospital for 5 weeks and oh so importantly she is my partner in crime on mum’s night out. She is not the only one, attending these groups enables me to meet lots of lovely mum’s who have since become my friends. Baby group did provide stimulation for my daughter but also for me.
We were therefore gutted when we found out that due to the government cuts our local sure start centre was to be closed and the baby groups were no more. My wonderful friend, Emma, didn’t however take this news like the rest of us, oh no, she took matters into her own hands and decided to start-up her own mother and baby/toddler group Lotties Tots… Ya know as you do. What started of as a couple of sessions out of a local church had turned into a thriving, popular community internet company that runs groups twice daily 4 times a week out of multiple locations – all in over 12 months. I immensely proud of what my friend has achieved, her groups service the community and give mum’s and their little ones a place to get out and seek solitude in one another. I am not the only one who thinks so, as she was approached by mum’s in the know to provide a profile about herself and the venture which you can read here.
So when I was approached by Tessa from club hub app regarding her up and coming launch of said app I was very keen to be a part of it. Tessa, not dissimilar to my friend started her own musical children’s group in her local community. In doing so she it dawned on her that there should be a place where all local baby/children groups and activities can be found for your local area, and thus club hub app was born.
The app is a place where local groups can sign up and advertise their activities or mums and dads can find something to entertain the little ones (or themselves), particularly useful with the 6 weeks holidays looming. It is set to launch in early 2016 and is completely free and accessible from your phone. What more could you need?
From a personal perspective I honestly cannot tell you how important getting you and your little ones out and about can be, it changed my parenting experience for the better and I know I am not the only one. Club hub app can help so many thousands of parents and children all across the UK and is something I certainly hope to see flourish and thrive. It can help you make that first move to getting yourself out of the house and finding a place that suits you and your family in your local area. A place or you and your little ones, a place that can offer them stimulation, fun, socialising and potentially life long friends, for your and your kiddies. More information about club hub app can be found website or on email or the following social medial accounts