Mothers Discovered at Big Sunday

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Big Sunday: An Event Designed By Mothers, For Mothers

Mums spend a great deal of time occupied with the welfare of others. But when do they get to relax and spend some proper quality time doing things they enjoy? Big Sunday is a fully facilitated day of relaxation and self-expression uniquely for Mums. I’ve been helping to organise the day, so can vouch for day with Mums’ needs at the heart of every activity.

The all-day event in Brighton, 18th November, 2012 organised by the Mothers Uncovered team, part of the Livestock charity, focuses specifically on all the emotional and physical needs of mothers. Attendees have the chance to book mini-pamper treatments, yoga & relaxation sessions or art & writing workshops, all included in the modest ticket price. Also included is the use of a creche for babies and pre-school children while Mums attend their sessions and a healthy lunch with refreshments.

Brighton & Hove Mayor Bill Randall will be opening the trade fair during the second half of the day at 2pm. Local family centric businesses and organisations such as Family Grapevine, Lazy Daisy Birthing, Fingerprint Jewellery, a Parent Coach and kids activity specialists will all be exhibiting until 5pm when the day ends.

There will also be the opportunity to enter a raffle and win prizes including a £30 voucher to spend at Jo-Jo Maman Bebe, £50 voucher towards classes or activities at Yoga Mamas, Delta Force Paintball Family tickets, day vouchers at David Lloyd Leisure, a From The Seed aromatherapy back neck & shoulder massage, a Parentskool course, an outfit for baby from BabyBoyBabyGirl online clothes retailer.

Plus there will be cake, of course there’ll be cake.

Despite living in a seemingly parent-centric society, in reality, there are not many opportunities for women to explore openly and honestly, without fear of judgement, their experiences as mothers. Maggie Gordon-Walker, Livestock director and creator of the event says: “Many mothers we spoke to during the Mothers Uncovered project felt there was no opportunity to express their feelings in a structured, creative environment, and this is what we will provide with Big Sunday.”

The event is partly funded by Brighton & Hove City Council and the Sussex Community Foundation, with support from Officrèche nursery and office space. ‘It’s great to support an event for local families which gives parents and children a chance to explore feelings in varied ways – and have fun while doing it!’, says Elizabeth Moody-Stuart, Director of Officrèche.

Uniquely Organic Eco Spa, Hove are providing luscious treatments, founder, Kirsty Taylor tells us why she wanted to be involved in Big Sunday, “having just become a new Mum myself I know how a little bit of ‘TLC’ goes a long way so to be able to offer a taster of our treatments to well deserving parents, how could I resist!”

The event is Sunday 18th November, at Brighton Youth Centre, Brighton. NEWSFLASH: Early Bird tickets are available until 11th November for only £10. For full details of the event visit www.livestock.org.uk or buy tickets direct from bigsunday.eventbrite.co.uk .

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About Claire Jones-Hughes

Founder and co-editor of BrightonMums.com, Claire has been blogging since 2009. She has posted on a variety of sites including The Argus, The Huffington Post and The Guardian's Comment Is Free. Known as The Contented Mummy on social media, she is dedicated to honest, unsponsored blogging so that parents can benefit from shared experience. Can also be found at www.fitfaband40.co.uk - sharing her journey to health & wellness.

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