Ballarat Family Guide
They say it takes a village to raise a child, but some days that village is hard to find, especially these days, in a world of super busy schedules and way too much information online! As busy mums ourselves, we know how valuable & precious time is, and as Ballarat locals, we know how passionate people are about the beautiful city we call home.
So we’ve created the Ballarat Family Guide to help busy parents stay afloat of all the amazing products, wonderful services, exciting events and important issues for families happening out there in the land of Ballarat. And we’ve also provided some handy information for visitors too! We want you to love your stay in Ballarat as much as we love living here.
We are mums who love to work with technology, share info with our followers and also have a bit of financial freedom, so you will see paid content on this site and a bit of advertising to help us continue to provide this comprehensive hub of useful stuff, but rest assured that ANYTHING you see is 100% legitimate, local and relevant to families. We are sure you will love it! And if you don’t, please, get in touch and let us know what we can do to help.
Behind the Scenes
Meet some of the wonderful women who have collaborated behind the scenes to create the Ballarat Family Guide:
Louise Jones, Content Manager
Louise is a mum of 1 and loves helping others to learn. Her background is in corporate IT, and since starting her own businesses, Louise says she now loves using her skills for good, not evil. Now a social media trainer and content manager for Ballarat Family Guide, Louise can often be found enjoying a picnic in the park, or networking at local business events.
Kathryn Kosloff, Community Engagement & Photography
Many of the beautiful images you seen on this website are courtesy of Kathryn from Event Evolution Photography. A mum of 2, Kathryn has a background in education and community engagement and is currently spending her time pursuing her passion for making & capturing family memories in her own business, and managing Community Engagement for us here at Ballarat Family Guide. Event Evolution specialises in capturing memories at children’s parties, so you can spend more time with your guests, and actually appear in the photos yourself!
Bianca Flint, Blog Contributor
Bianca, is an Op Shopping Enthusiast, Preloved Fashion Advacate, Small Business Owner and Mum to three beautiful little girls. Her business, The Wardrobe Green, aims to encourage and celebrate Preloved Fashion! A Boutique for Women and Children stocking only the best quality Preloved items … currently located instore at ‘Hattie and the Wolf’ – 218 Skipton Street Ballarat. If you want to find out more about TWG … visit the website www.thewardrobegreen.com.au or follow Bianca on Social Media @the_wardrobe_green
Hannah, Virtual Assistant
Hannah is our lovely VA, she works from home after school a couple of days per week to help us out with general administration work as well as updates on our website and social media. Kids today! They are just so tech savvy.
If you are interested in becoming part of our team as a voluntary blog contributor or earning a sales commission, please get in touch.
How it all began…
Once upon a time, back in 2013, Louise Jones sat working in a grey office pod, surrounded by the sound of keys tapping and paper work shuffling. In her spare time she had been out in the community searching for more. She just knew there was more to life than policies, procedures and flow charts, and she had been working hard to find out just exactly what “more” was.
She had tried volunteering as a Big Sister, which taught her just as much about herself, as it helped her Little Sister gain confidence and find her place in the world.
She had tutored primary and secondary school children, and as much as she absolutely LOVED teaching them and seeing them achieve milestones they never thought possible, she knew she wasn’t cut out to be a school teacher.
She tried making and selling products, and even started a party plan business selling educational books & toys, which was fun and easy work, but she just wasn’t cut out for trying to get parents to spend money they just didn’t have!
But you see the theme here don’t you? Education. Learning. Helping kids grow & develop into amazing little humans.
And it was on another of Louise’s epic adventures that an idea was born.
Her latest thing was to start a blog. Writing about all the fun things she was doing in her tutoring sessions, coming up with ideas for making education fun, teaching kids to read and write and do maths with interesting activities that anybody could do. She even went so far as to turn the blog into a self-published book! Which sold plenty of copies to her dear friends & family. Again…parents…no money…no sales pitch.
Back then, her blog was called “Blossom: Learning that’s Fun – helping little buds blossom”. Cute huh! And suddenly people starting asking her questions, asking for advice, and recommendations. Hey Louise, do you know someone who can help with this for my child? Or, Louise, do you know where I can get this for my child? And the learning blog, transformed into a local blog, looking at educational services, and learning products that where sold, made or provided in her own city of Ballarat.
Eventually the blog changed it’s name, to Blossom Connect – connecting busy parents to local educational products & services for kids. Yep…another cute one. Yet, so often confused for a florist. She was convinced that this blog alone could change the world! Parents would suddenly know all about the toys, tutors, books etc that would turn their children into small geniuses and would overcome poverty, social disadvantage and family breakdowns!
Well…dream big they say! So why not. But needless to say, the blog was popular with those who actually knew about it, but it was hard to find, and the name…like we said…made it sound like a florist shop. And Louise could write all the words in the world, and still not create world peace. So changed tact…slightly….and so became the Ballarat Family Guide!
With a new look, a new name (that people could actually recognise and understand), a new team behind it, and a broader look at Ballarat and families, Louise finally arrived at the end of her epic search. As a new mum herself, she knew that there was SO MUCH MORE to a child’s success in life, and their development than just books & education. Yep, that is super important. But children need good health. They need great company surrounding them. They need their parents to be in good health and spirits too! The whole family is critical to the success of every little human out there in Ballarat. Mum. Dad. Siblings. Grandparents. Friends. Teachers. Everyone.
So that’s exactly what you will find on the Ballarat Family Guide. Information for the whole family!
As they say, from little things, big things grow. The blog is now a fully grown Information Hub. And the Information Hub, is now also a fully grown Magazine! Which you will find in local venues and hang outs or you can read online here!
And is Louise saving the world, and stamping out local disadvantage? Well….unfortunately, this isn’t an actual fairy tale, and not everyone lived happily ever after. But she makes darn sure that every month the Ballarat Family Guide supports a local charity or community organisation either financially or with the donation of goods that go directly to families or are raffled off to raise money. You can see our list of supported organisations here.
Now it may seem like we have come to the end of the story, but it really is just the beginning. And we’d love for you to come with us and share the journey! There are lots of ways you can do so.