Wednesday 6 November 2013 11.48am
Thanks, Hannah. My comment was because one of the final Q's on the survey implies that an app will be made.
I've completed the survey. My main comment from experience is that there's a lot more going on for children than you might realise, but that the overwhelming problem is actually finding out that anything at all is happening. To their credit, Southwark council provide/subsidise quite a lot of things (at least they did 4 yrs ago, when we had a baby), but it was only through sheer coincidence/luck that we found out about any of it. Over time, I've also become aware of various activities at places like Coin St/Mint St, but only through coincidence.
London isn't really a place where we all know our neighbours and spend ages chatting to them, finding out about local activities. Even if we did, hardly any of our neighbours have children of any age, so it's not difficult to find out about a new bar or restaurant, but it's pretty hard for new parents to know where to start to look to find out about activities and support for them and their babies.
All the smartphone apps in the world won't solve the basic problem of lack of basic awareness that there ARE groups out there (council and otherwise) who might be doing things that might be useful. (If people don't know that there's stuff out there, how will they know to search for an app which tells them more about what's on offer?).
I'd have thought it might do a lot of good to hand out a simple list of groups and contact info to people leaving Southwark's maternity wards, for instance. Not very technologically whizzy. I know, but very practical.
...if you press it, they will come.