It’s tough being a mum, no one tells you it’s going to be this hard. It can be the most rewarding thing in the world, but taking care of a newborn baby can be exhausting and overwhelming, and Piccolo understands that new mums need a bit of help sometimes!
We regularly speak to new parents, and we’re familiar with the adjustment struggles that some parents can have after having children. Cat Gazzoli, Founder of Piccolo is aware and proactive about this issue, welcoming flexible working and making Piccolo a supportive place for mums returning to work. Running a business like Piccolo has meant that we attract many new parents as staff which comes with its own set of individual challenges. Over the years we’ve provided support team for members having mental health issues after suffering from ‘taboo’ subjects such as infant death syndrome and miscarriage. It is Piccolo’s duty to be on top of mental health issues, especially with new parents who are going through many personal journeys, and so we have created a culture where we encourage conversation and openness to ensure emerging problems and can be identified and worked on early on.
To make people more aware of this often hard-to-talk-about issue, we’ve been featured in March 2017 IOD Case Study: Mental Health in the changing world of work. Cat speaks out about the Piccolo team,
Prevention is better than cure – that’s why we sit around the table so often. In a small team you have to make a conscious effort not to get bogged down in the nuts and bolts of Excel spreadsheets, but once you’ve started the conversation, and made it ‘normal’ to talk about how you’re feeling with your boss or with a colleague, you’re halfway to a resolution.
We’ve also been working closely with our partners at the NCT, who offer practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. who this year are heading up a ‘#BeyondBabyBlues’ campaign promoting the importance of mental health and encouraging parents to talk more openly about maternal mental health.‘
Raising children is challenging enough, but parents who experience social and economic disadvantages face an additional set of challenges. At Piccolo, we strive to support parents wherever we can, and so we recently donated 10,000 Piccolo pouches to the Red Cross mainly for refugees families with babies and toddlers to ensure that feeding their baby is one less thing to worry about.
At Piccolo, we understand what you’re going through, we need to work together and support each other – there’s nothing we can’t do!