How Portishead Parent was born:
Hi, I’m Katina, and I’ve got three babies – my big boy (10), my little boy (8), and Portishead Parent! I moved to Portishead in 2009, just six weeks before my eldest was born. It was an exciting time, but challenging too, as I settled into my new home and my new role as a mum. During those early years of parenthood, local groups became my lifeline. They helped keep me sane, they gave me a reason to leave the house, and I made some lovely new-mum friends who helped open up my world. I soon found myself volunteering with Café Mamma and NCT, and discovered that I absolutely loved supporting other parents and giving them a way to connect with each other and find the same lifeline I’d found in the local community.
An online resource for local families
In March 2015 I decided to set up a Facebook group for Portishead parents where we could let others know about upcoming events, gather local knowledge, ask questions and gain support and encouragement from each other.
The response was overwhelming. New people joined every week and soon it became clear we needed more than a Facebook group. This is how the website was born: a hub of useful information covering everything from toddler groups and days out, to support groups and local independent shops. In fact, just about everything a Portishead Parent needs to know. It’s just as useful for parents living in the surrounding North Somerset & Bristol areas too.
My goal was – and still is – to provide a source of support, inspiration, encouragement and good old fashioned fun for parents, grandparents and carers. Somewhere to find ideas for things to do, and to help you through those early years, with the most up-to-date information.
Meet the rest of the family
Of course, running a thriving website is a lot like raising a family – it takes an awful lot of hard work! Which is why I couldn’t possibly do it all on my own. There are some fantastic local people who have helped to make Portishead Parent what it is today.