TWO TWICKENHAM mothers have launched a website to help new parents find events, groups and services in their area.
Rachel Mclean and Andrea Quintero set up the site, called For Sanitys Sake, after finding it hard to keep up to date with activities in the borough whilst they were on maternity leave.
Having met in a mother's group, the now full time mum's, decided that a website was essential for those parents who might be suffering from cabin fever because they didn't know what was available to them.
A former business development director, Rachel, 37, said: "When everyone else went back to work after maternity leave it became quite difficult to see what was going on in the local area. It's not always publicised in newspapers or on noticeboards, so we decided to put it all down in one place.
"We set up a very small website which was mainly for us and our friends, with events in the calendar. This became popular so we decided to develop a new site. We approached businesses and started to add more to the calendar. There's very little in the way of getting in touch to find out when groups meet.
"I think when carers or parents have a few spare moments it's easier for them to get onto the internet. When a child is snoozing, you don't have very long, so sifting through a magazine or a publication trying to find what's on isn't always the best thing to do."
On December 1, a festive themed party was held to officially launch the website, which now has 700 members.
As well as providing information on what is available to parents, the two women are also hoping that it will help avoid the dangers of loneliness.
Rachel, whose son James is one and a half, said: "We have found that in this borough there are a lot of professionals, who once they start to look after their children find that they don't know many people in their local area. A lot of mum's can feel quite isolated and this can cause post natal depression. There is an element of social networking to the site, so people that have met at a group or an event can meet up.
"We hope that For Sanity’s Sake gives people ideas for getting out of the house and meeting others."
To view the website, visit www.forsanityssake.com