Netmums was founded in 2000 with one local site in Harrow and has grown to over 151 sites all over the UK. We’re proud to be the largest parenting site in the UK with over 1.2 million members and 4 million monthly visits. Team Netmums is made up of 64 mums and (two lovely dads) work hard behind the scenes to make Netmums come to life. Team Netmums have a small office in London where we meet up, but usually you’ll find us all working remotely from our homes stretching from Cornwall to the Orkney Islands and everywhere in between.
Our team will be popping up on this blog sharing with you what they get up to behind the scenes on Team Netmums. In the meantime, here’s a word from co-founder Siobhan Freegard (pictured), taken from a recent blog post on what inspired her to take action and set up a website to help other mums with her friends Sally Russell and Cathy Court:
“Possibly from exhaustion, maybe hormones and probably with a little nudge from the slightly crazy gene pool that swirls around my Dad’s side of the family, I ended up with a dose of post natal depression and a very lonely and miserable start as a mum.
Perhaps the worst part was that everyone else was coping so brilliantly – with their babies, with their twins (!) with their gorgeous homes and perfect lives. Why was I so different? Why did I find it so hard?
Then I met Sally Russell. Sally was a local mum with a son the same age and Sally was also the first person I had ever heard admit to having had post natal depression. But she looked so normal?! I think that was the turning point for me…I stopped dividing the world into good mums – and me. I started talking honestly to other mums and discovered they all had their own issues. Some had money worries, or relationships issues, or stuff from their past, or worries about the future. And I noticed everyone felt better for talking, for being honest and that the saying ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ really is true.
Sally and I started to plan to put this revelation online…we met Cathy Court, and between the three of us we started Netmums. It was a place to make new friends and share the bad times as well as the good. We had a mission statement which you will still find up on Netmums today. Here it is if you haven’t seen it before:
The Netmums Mission Statement
- To help families have fun with and enjoy their children
- To bring people together to make our local communities more lively and friendly
- To make it unnecessary for any mum to feel lonely or isolated
- To make sure every parent has access to all of the local support and advice available – from other mothers and from professionals
- To give mothers a voice, locally and nationally, on issues of importance to them
Just to remind us of where we all started here’s a picture of Siobhan, Sally and Cathy from the early days of Netmums – check out the size of that screen!
If you want to get in touch with Team Netmums we’d love to hear from you, you can email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at :
Netmums, Marylebone Business Centre, 93-95 Gloucester Place, London W1U 6JQ