Leyland mum Charlie Aston and Wigan mum Nicole Messham joined forces in April 2019 to create a mums community and support group.Advertisement
As new mums (in new areas of Lancashire), with no friends (especially no mum friends), their vision was to create a safe place both online and offline for mums to connect, collaborate and communicate.
They wanted to give local mums a chance to share advice, laugh, support each other and most importantly make friends!
The result was Mums United Movement (MUM) where Nicole and Charlie host regular meet ups every Tuesday in Wigan and every Thursday at Valley Coffee in Bamber Bridge.
They also run a Facebook community group allowing members to arrange separate activities and meet ups in addition to these days.
As well as MUM, the women have decided to create a new business called Nourish and Flourish.
As a personal trainer for a number of years in the Preston area Nicole has helped hundreds of women reconnect with their bodies and improve their movement and mindset, and Charlie has been helping businesses increase their marketing value and reach. They decided to combine their skills in order to create a company that can provide the whole package to mums. Combining tailor-made workout plans, fitness classes, nutritional advice, mental wellbeing and community support and friendship.
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Nicole said: “Our mission is to get mums up and down the country loving themselves again, being proud of the body they have, being in a strong mindset and being physically and mentally healthy both inside and out. We want to help them nourish their bodies through pain-free exercise and optimal movement in order to flourish in any areas of their life they desire but especially motherhood.
“The aim is to unlock their bodies’ potential with our Mum and Baby fitness classes where mums come along to work out in a PT lead class and are welcome to bring their babies along to play next to them.”
Charlie said: “We will also be offering tailor made ‘homework’ and nutrition plans so that mums can continue their work at home, we both know as new mums ourselves how time limitations can affect how much ‘me-time’. By having access to things, you can do at home for your wellbeing, it gives you more flexibility to make it work for your life. There will be an online community where mums can share their progress and tips with each other. We believe this is extremely important as it will enable our mums to support each other and encourage progress.”
Charlie and Nicole will also be offering wellbeing workshops to educate mums on the importance of mental wellbeing and how to improve/maintain a healthy mindset.
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The duo is working with local councils in order to combat social isolation and work with them on projects that help connect with more mums who might feel alone or isolated.
For more information on all Mums United Movement and Nourish and Flourish events visit the MUM website.
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