Mummy Social was founded in January 2015 by Devon mum-of-two Josie Barron. Having herself experienced loneliness as a new mum and after appreciating how hard it can to be make new friends, Josie set about creating a website that would offer a solution to the isolation so many mums face. Using her self taught website coding skills Josie ran Mummy Social from the desk in her daughter's nursery. Mummy Social quickly spread around the country and the testimonials started coming in: PND eased, confidence built, anxieties lowered and in some cases, mums were even crediting Mummy Social with having helped to ease symptoms of postnatal depression.
Mummy Social soon caught the attention of TV presenter Helen Skelton and mum blogger turned bestselling author Sarah Turner (The Unmumsy Mum). Josie, Helen and Sarah all share the same objective: to unite mums for friendship and support and make a real difference to the lives of families.
Here's what the team has to say:
Sarah Turner aka The Unmumsy Mum:
"I’m absolutely thrilled to have joined the Mummy Social team. Ever since I first met Josie (we got our kids together for a playdate!) I have found her enthusiasm for the website and all that it stands for to be infectious. I am certain that Mummy Social is providing a real force for change and the opportunity to be a part of that change is one I am excited about. I receive messages each and every day from mums who tell me they are struggling to find their feet and often a huge part of that struggle stems from them feeling isolated. Motherhood is amazing but at times it is also hard – really hard! – and having a support network around you is so important. The problem is, it’s not always easy to find new friends who have children. Many mums describe feeling anxious about throwing themselves straight into a new baby-group environment and feel much more comfortable striking up an initial conversation online. The Mummy Social website (and accompanying app for the smartphone addicted among us!) take the edge off this anxiety. We know it works because there are thousands of mums already using the website and reporting back that they have ‘got social’ for the first time in months. I feel so passionately about the potential of Mummy Social that I am proud to be a part of its future. Sign up, sign up, everybody sign up! There is nothing to lose."TV's Helen Skelton:
"One year in to mummyhood, I can honestly say I never thought a small person could bring me to my knees and fill my heart with so much joy at the same time. Mum-life is brilliant but different, challenging but fun. Do you remember after the best nights out with the best friends, waking up thinking, 'Did that just happen?!' Well, for me, that's a bit like life in charge of my little boy. Even going to bed I can't say I lie there and think 'thank god we made it through another day and he's OK' because I am only ever twenty minutes away from him climbing all over my head and prising my eyelids open with his squidgy little fingers to dribble snot and saliva on me through the cutest toothiest grin I have ever seen!
Would I change it? God no! He is without doubt the best thing that has ever happened to me. Do I need friends to help me navigate this roller coaster of emotions and challenges, to help me keep some independence rather than running to my parents? To ease my working and non-working guilt, to make me feel like the fact that I washed my hair or did the breakfast dishes IS an achievement? YES I do, and that's why I believe in Mummy Social. Schedules and free time and availability can change when children come along and I found when I went on maternity leave that my mates weren't free, or weren't awake when I was, which is why Mummy Social works. Make friends with other mums who are in the same head space and have the same availability and needs as you do. No obligation, no expectation just a real opportunity to make this time fun rather than fraught. See you soon, social mummies!" Founder Josie Barron:
"Becoming a mum has been amazing, however, I did not know it was going to be so exhausting, frustrating and emotional. Nappy changing disasters, breastfeeding challenges, weeing conundrums, endless sleepless nights and complete shake up of my days, it's been harder than I thought! When I first became a mum I felt myself becoming isolated and despite trying to make more friends through baby groups I just couldn't get up the confidence to make this happen.
I decided that if I was finding it this hard other mums must be too. So with this Mummy Social was born.... a way of making it easy for all mums to make new friends. I set about creating the site while my son napped and my daughter grew in my tummy and on the evening of the 1st January 2015 my fiancé Andy pushed me to launch. So out went Mummy Social into the world of facebook! I sat there that evening a bag of nerves with wine in hand and something extraordinary happened... pings on my phone began to tell me that mums were actually starting to sign up! Since that evening they haven't stopped.
Thousands of you have now joined and it’s you are who are making Mummy Social so successful. It’s your kindness and support of each other, it’s you suggesting a social or sending a message to a mum near you that is making the difference.
I’ve heard from so many mums who have found their PND eased, their confidence increased and their enjoyment of their days as a mum boosted.... And that’s amazing! We're all in this together!
I now can’t believe that we’ve got THE Unmumsy Mum and TV babe Helen Skelton as part of the Mummy Social team! If you’d like to get involved please do email me!"