Busy Parents Network is the brainchild of Sarah Mullen. Sarah is a busy parent of 3 young children herself and has always had a passion for family and community, seeing the two as co-existent and beneficial. There is much truth in the African saying “it takes a whole village to raise a child”!
In May 2012, Busy Parents Network was born. It started very small with a handful of families and since then word has spread and it has grown exponentially. We now regularly reach in excess of 30,000 families a week via our popular Facebook page.
Community has always been at the heart of Busy Parents Network. And when we say community we mean real community – real people meeting up face to face to chat, share their lives and connect with one another. We do this through our immensely popular Family Festivals and other community events. This is what sets Busy Parents Network apart from other parent networks. We are not just connecting with one another in cyber-space but in real time and space. It is true that we now have a wide following but Sarah still invites people into her home and aims to make real connections between people which she hopes will lead to lasting friendships and better community living. Sarah attends every Busy Parents Network event and is always glad to meet, greet and get to know new people, as well as seeing people who have become old friends.
Many people have commented that Busy Parents Network has enriched their lives and their experience of their community. For Sarah there can be no higher accolade. Our children get to have lots of fun at great, educational and well thought out and well organised events and our parents feel part of a real community.
As well as supporting parents, we have also made it our business to support and enrich the social economy. We do this by finding, supporting, encouraging and mentoring new start up businesses and enterprises – often started and run by local parents. We give them the encouragement and training they need to do what they do to the best of their ability and we count several of our Business Associates as our success stories.
Busy Parents Network is regularly feted as a force for good in South Birmingham. You are very welcome to join the Network. It is free to join.