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Shh mum’s the word: don’t tell everybody but there is a way to bring up a family and have a fulfilling job
We’d just finished filming our video for Close to Hand, telling the story of how the site helps bring people together – elderly members of our community with local people able to lend a hand. It occurred to me then that we were all working mums doing what we do best and managing to do it around our family. All mums, except for our camera man Andi, who incidentally loved the concept so much he signed up as a Home Helper himself - why not watch his video blog?
Me – Lindsey Nathan, founder of Close to Hand and mum to two children
Isabel – the Home Helper featured in our film and the first to register on our site
Kate – the producer and director of the film
Sue - my mum and fellow business owner
Kirstin – my sister and fellow business owner (heavily pregnant at the time of writing this blog, preparing for the arrival of her own family)
Nina – the designer of our branding and website
Cal – on marketing and PR
We filmed within the school day, timing drop offs and pick-ups to perfection. We made it work for us and Close to Hand wants to make it work for you too.
The lady working part-time in the corner shop where we filmed buying a pint of milk, also a mum to two young children, was intrigued by our story and signed up there and then to add her services.
We’ve made it simple and easy to register as a Home Helper, setting your preferences for work – in terms of time, location and type. It’s work that works for you and it can be very fulfilling.
Isabel, the mum in our video, said: “It’s so rewarding to be a part of community in this way. Technology has been blamed for destroying social skills, creating a society where we’re all behind closed doors and don’t know our neighbours anymore, but Close to Hand provides an example of how the internet is enabling connections between people.
“For me, I’ve found local work that fits in around my busy life, where friendships have blossomed and where I am appreciated.”
Come and join our community.