Create The Future With Us!
Have you ever been to the Parent-Cubator, Worklab or Parents Workspace? Thought about coming, but not quite made it? Join your fellow parents on Wednesday 25 November 10-12.30 at Action for Children Playcentre, 3 Cubitt Street, London WC1X 0LJ. Help us shape the future with our brilliant facilitators, Sian Oyenerian & Ivy Ng, meet our latest Parent-Cubator entrepreneurs, network with other parents and find out about our Royal Society of Arts Business Mentor programme.
The event is free, but please book here so we know you’re coming! You can book a stand or stall if you’ve been part of the Parent-Cubator or Parents Workspace programmes. Limited crèche places are also available.
Child Friendly Co-working Pioneers Share their Experience
Bloomsbury Beginnings and Play Pen co-hosted the first ever gathering of women entrepreneurs running ‘co-working plus childcare’ in London and the South East last month. We were delighted to welcome Sarah Hayward, leader of Camden Council as our guest speaker. Councillor Hayward is a champion of flexible working to help families juggle child care and work, and got the evening off to a great start by telling us how Camden is creating more flexible working opportunities and confirming how important co-working with childcare is, particularly for the growing number of self-employed parents.
Are you interested in finding out more? Want to start your own workspace? Drop us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
What Makes You Tick?
For most of us, work is something we do for half of our working lives. And yet we seldom ask what it means to us, what we want from it and whether or not it’s a true fit for who we are now. Worklab is a chance to do just that, in a completely confidential environment with incredible people on similar professional journeys. We’re delighted to be welcoming StoryLab (www.storylabltd.com) back to run this three-session taster for entrepreneurs, career-changers and parents 10am-12pm on Thursdays from 16th November – 3rd December, at the Calthorpe Project, Grays Inn Road London WC1X 8LJ.
There is a free crèche on site for the first six applicants. Find out more and apply here.
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Meet A Parent-Cubator Entrepreneur
Eva Perucha, The Empress of Beauty
What does your business do?
Help parents and carers look and feel good by providing beauty treatments that fit in with their busy schedules.
Tell us how being a parent has changed your life?
My priorities have changed. Time and other types of management have helped me enjoy every moment of being a mum to a wonderful son.
What problem inspired you to start your enterprise?
Parents being squeezed for time but wanting to feel better about themselves and their bodies.
What are your goals for 2016?
Create a website for my business, learn to drive and make some time for myself on a weekly basis.
What do you do differently as a result of the Parent-Cubator course?
Networking and making more time for myself and my family
Do you have any tips for aspiring entrepreneurs?
Write ideas down, be open to ideas, talk to others about your ideas and don’t give up!
How can we find out more?
Villa Pia in Tuscany: A blissful break for families with babies and young children
Remember the blissful days before baby, when a holiday meant a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life? Fast forward to motherhood and it’s rare to return from any type of overseas voyage (or even a day trip!) without feeling like you need another break.
Now, imagine a holiday so beloved by families with babies and young children that they return again and again to the same spot…
Welcome to Villa Pia, an affordable, all-inclusive, Italian holiday that for almost 20 years has been one of the best kept secrets in family friendly travel. Run by a British family, Villa Pia is a 17-bedroom converted farmhouse in Lippiano (bordering Tuscany and Umbria) with acres of grounds for little ones to explore.
Villa Pia doesn’t just welcome children, it caters for tiny tastes by offering everything from gluten and allergen-free diets, to a kids pool next to the adult pool (both warm year-round). There’s on-site babysitting, baby monitors, cots, high chairs, baby food, children’s play areas with swings, slides, rides and more; plus art and cookery classes for kids (and parents). The food at Villa Pia, all cooked fresh on site, has been described as ‘out of this world’ — and everything (food, drinks, snacks etc) is included in one price!
To discover more about Villa Pia and snap up one of their fabulous early-bird holiday offers, visit www.villapia.com (quote discount code MASH for a £100 discount for off-peak bookings, outside school holidays).