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Mum launches online support forum – The Parent Platform

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Blackpool based mum Bev Nickson has launched a Facebook support forum offering parents free online advice and information from parenting experts.

The Facebook page The ‘Parent Platform’ hosts regular live question and answer sessions for parents to tune into and pose questions directly to professionals ranging from midwifes and infant feeding specialists to family solicitors. Live sessions are also stored as videos so parents can watch them at their convenience.

Bev, mother of 2-year-old Poppy developed the service with the help of Blackpool Council’s Get Started team who provide free business advice to people who want to kick start and grow their own new venture.

Sessions on The Parent Platform are hosted by qualified experts in their fields such as Shel Banks IBCLC (International Infant Feeding Specialist), Nicole Ratcliffe (Baby and Child Sleep Consultant), Amanda Wardle (Independent Midwife and Hypnobirthing Specialist), Edyta Paxton (Nutritionalist, Health & Exercise Coach) Deborah Schofield (Senior Women’s Physio), Daynor Harris (First Aid Specialist) Julie Huston (Mentoring Business Accountant) and Danielle Ayres (Family Friendly Rights Solicitor).

To encourage dads to engage on the page sessions will also be hosted by Mark Williams (Public Speaker & Mental Health Coach) and Mark Harris (Founder of Birthing 4 Blokes).

Bev explained, “Not every person finds parenthood easy. When everything is new and you are trying to get things just right it can be exhausting. If something doesn’t seem to go quite as it should such as establishing sleep routines it’s hard not to worry.

“Following discussions with lots of other parents I started thinking about what could help and came up with the idea of The Parent Platform. It has evolved from a simple discussion forum into a source of additional support and expert advice that sits alongside traditional routes. Through the platform everyone can access experts in their own front room.”

David Slater, Business Growth Manager, Blackpool Council, said: “We were delighted to support Bev and wish her well with her venture. Our Get Started team are at hand for anyone else who might have a seed of an idea for a business and new venture that they need help to develop. Our expert staff will be happy to have an initial chat and guide people through the journey.”

Contact the Get Started team at the Enterprise Centre, Lytham Road on 01253 477147 or visit blackpoolunlimited/getstarted to find out more.