‘Tinder for mums’

March 31 2017

MUM Lily Pawley was so fed up with the isolation and loneliness of being a full-time parent, she decided to confront the problem in a very modern way.


MUM Lily Pawley was so fed up with the isolation and loneliness of being a full-time parent, she decided to confront the problem in a very modern way.
The 29-year-old from Emersons Green took to technology dubbed 'Tinder for mums' to create a parenting community where like-minded mums can meet up and make new friends.
Inspired by statistics showing that 50 per cent of new parents find it hard to make local mum friends, Lily started using a new app called Mush.
The app, which is free, has three main features - the Mush Matcher which uses algorithm to find similar mums based on location, mutual friends and similar age children; Let's Mush, a tool which enables mums to plan events and meetings or see who is free to meet right now; and Mush Guides, a growing hub of content written by mums for mums.
Lily, who is mum to 21-month-old Stevie, said: "It can be such a shock to go from having a busy life full of work and social occasions to nappies and CBeebies.”
Started in London by two friends who found themselves in a similar situation to Lily, Mush has been designed to make the lives of mums more sociable and fun by enabling meet-ups.
The number of mums using the app in the area has doubled since Lily and her friend Alice Gilbert, 32, launched a publicity campaign, and meet-ups have taken place in Coffee One in Fishponds.
 “The important thing for us was that everyone is welcome. Don’t sit at home thinking it’s just you and you’re alone. Connect with us and let’s all get out into the local area. Bristol has so much to offer parents of young children,” said Lily .