Find out what to do with your children with Hull and East Riding Mumbler

Published: Monday 16th October 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Today is My Family Day. We spoke with Rachael Smith, Founder of Hull and East Riding Mumbler, to find out more about the project.

Hull and East Riding Mumbler is a parenting community and website where local events, resources and services are regularly listed for families to enjoy.

Set up around two years ago by Hull-based mum of two Rachael, the online group has taken a life of its own and is now being franchised across the UK.

Great to catch up with you, Rachael. So how did the idea for HER Mumbler come about?

I’ve always worked in marketing and came to Hull in 2003 for a job. I’ve basically been here ever since.

Working in marketing is absolutely brilliant when you’re single and don’t have children – you’re constantly in a busy environment, travelling up and down the country for different events. However, I found it hard to manage this lifestyle when my two children arrived.

During my second maternity leave, I decided to set up the site. This was because I had a newborn baby and a three-year-old and didn’t know what to do with them or where to take them. I knew that there was plenty of fun stuff happening in the region, but I either always missed it, never heard about it, or had to scan lots of different websites and social media sites to find out about them.

I felt that I wasn’t doing enough with my kids and was also quite isolated. My job was very sociable and I knew I needed to meet more parents, as well as entertain my children through various local events.

So I had the idea of having everything in one place. I began building the site, adding events by area, by day and by week. I also included weekend activities, school holiday groups and general days out for the family. I just put anything on there that I thought would be useful as a mum.

Incredible! And the rest, as they say, is history?

It’s safe to say, I never went back to my job. Mumbler sites are opening up across the UK and we now have 16 in different cities.

On HER Mumbler, we have over 13,000 visits per month. I like to think that we’ve helped lots of parents.

Other than local events, what else can you find on the HER Mumbler site?

Again, I add anything that I would find useful as a parent. The core of the site is events, but I also have a section for support and services – health visitors and charities will send me information and health messages so I can share them with the community.

Recently, I’ve actually included a jobs section. If you want something flexible or part-time to fit around your kids, these jobs are for you.

Twice a year, I run family fun days, which are kind of like taster days where families can try out new things, such as baby music and kids’ sports. It brings the website to life and allows you to have a go without paying out or committing to a full session.

Lastly, we’ve also got a list of party suppliers and resources. After organising six kids’ parties, I have a lot of experience.

A lot of the information on the site comes from other parents and their recommendations – it’s a real community. A newsletter also goes out around once a month, highlighting different activities in the area.

What’s next for you?

I just want to continue to grow the site. I get a lot of people thanking me and telling me that they have found brand new groups for their children to attend. I just want people to know about the wonderful things we have going on in our region.

At the end of the day, if we don’t use it, we’ll lose it – and that would be such a shame.

You can find the Hull and East Riding Mumbler website here.

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Published: Monday 16th October 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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