by Jacqui Owens
Sincere apologies! We realised we’ve been terribly rude and have never actually introduced ourselves before!
We’re Jac and Jess and we run Ryde District Mums. In case you don’t know the story, here’s a quick run down.
When we had our babies 4 and 5 years ago we discovered North Shore Mums Facebook group and bloody loved it, but we hungered for something a bit more local. When we finally hit the go button on the Ryde District Mums Facebook group back in late 2013, we sat at 12 members for what felt like the longest time. It was what you might call a ‘soft opening’! ;p
Fast forward 4 years and we’re now at 6000+ hilarious, kind and helpful members plus a whole business side of the group to boot! The business side started in late 2015 when we realised that there were lots of local businesses wanting to connect with RDMs but nowhere permanent to house their information and offers.
So we set up a website, social media platforms including a Facebook Business page and Instagram, a fortnightly newsletter and we started running events.
Through these platforms, we share local knowledge, stories and funnies as well as information that local businesses are dying to tell you about.
The website, having had over 250,000 page views in the last 6 months, is full of ABSOLUTE GEMS as collated by Jess and I, our moderators – Bianca, Tracey and Rebecca (original RDM “go button” presser!), our editor Kate and by many, many local mums. It also houses a business directory, job board and a choc-a-bloc calendar of what’s on locally. The Facebook page, Instagram and Newsletter are our touch points for sharing the aforementioned gems and local business offerings with you.
SO about US.
I’m Jacqui. I have two girls and an awesome husband and a big family. I’ve been living in the area for 10 years now and I feel as though it’s becoming more amazing each and every year. I’m an RDM addict, red wine lover and I believe those two go EXTREMELY well with each other!
Jess is a mum of 1 gorgeous girl and fiance to one gorgeous man. Jess has not only lived in the area for over 4.5 years but also spent loads of time here growing up because it’s where her dad and grandparents were raised! Now her daughter goes to a local primary school. Jess is proudly obsessed with overturning every hidden gem and nugget Ryde has to offer.
There’s lots to do for RDMs, whether it’s posting anonymously on behalf of a group member, carefully approving each and every group join request, scheduling advertising for local businesses, writing articles about local places or activities, or organising events – it keeps us VERY busy! But we couldn’t think of a better gig and we’re loving watching RDMs grow stronger each day!
OK, so that’s the story! What other stories do you want to hear from us? Let us know your fave topics, from kid-friendly cafes to best playground (and everything in between) and we’ll make sure to cover them! x