Woo hoo! Happy birthday Suffolk Babies! Three years ago this week we got the keys to our shiny new centre and began running classes from pregnancy to preschool as a not-for-profit community interest company. If you need any proof of how busy we have been over the last three years, this week I finally got around to replacing the sofa I donated to Suffolk Babies three years ago.
When we set up Suffolk Babies everyone told us, “You just have to get through the first three years because most businesses fail during the first three years.” After this milestone, apparently we’ll be sorted. I don’t know where this magic three year statistic has come from because I googled it to try and find the actual percentages to share with you, (as I’m sure you’re fascinated,) and discovered a whole range of figures, but the one that stood out to me is that half of new businesses fail within the first five years. So we’re not home and dry yet! Typical.
Suffolk Babies has been through a lot over the last three years, and our company has grown and changed over this time way beyond how we could have envisioned it back in 2016. But in some ways, things are still exactly the same, and we are still doing business according to our ethics and beliefs that we can provide free antenatal education to all, in a sustainable way that cannot be affected by cuts to statutory services. The cuts to Children’s Centre Services that start this month are a case in point. It’s services like ours that pick up the slack and we are as determined as ever to be there as a source of support for new parents. If you are new to Suffolk Babies, here’s a handy guide to what we do:
If you want to read the backstory of Suffolk Babies and how we came into existence, have a read of my blog post from 2018 – there’s a Britney Spears gif, and a Fresh Prince of Bel Air reference, which is about as up to date as my cultural references get.
So what’s next for Suffolk Babies? We are looking to provide more services to more people! In order to expand and do more to support local families, we would like to involve you in shaping those services. Are we offering what you need? What more would you like to see us provide? We would also like to know from you how we are doing well. What do you love about Suffolk Babies? The formal questionnaire is coming later, you lucky things, but in the meantime, we would like to hear your thoughts. It doesn’t matter where you come to classes, or if you don’t come to classes but use the centre for the sling library or another of the support services we host. You don’t even have to be coming to classes at the moment – we want to hear from anyone who has had any experience of Suffolk Babies!
Please click on the button to let us know what you think – you can say as much or as little as you like! This is just for us to gather your initial feedback and hopefully give us plenty of positive vibes for taking forward into our threenager year!