An app has been launched to help parents in Glasgow and the west of Scotland find child-friendly venues and activities.
The mobile app, named Dribble, is a family-friendliness review app that enables users to personalise their needs and draw upon helpful information about venues; with reviews from parents available to gauge the child-friendliness of their destination. Dribble can be downloaded from Google Play and the Apple App Store.
Initially, the app was launched in Edinburgh last year by Gill Mudie, a mother of two. Mudie’s inspiration for launching the app came from her own experiences. As a new mum, she felt a tool was needed for parents to find places that are baby friendly – providing buggy space, high chair and baby changing facilities, for example.
This rapidly expanded to meet the needs of parents with older children, though, and now covers places to go and things to do with kids up to the age of 13.
Mudie said: “I am very reliant on my parents to help me with childcare during the week, so I wanted to create an easy to use app that grandparents would find useful too. We also feel that dads are often overlooked by family-oriented service providers. My husband took share paternity leave and loves planning our weekend adventures, where we can connect as a family.”
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The Glasgow rollout, Mudie added, follows consultation with parents to help populate the app with popular venues.
“Honest feedback from other parents is core to what Dribble is all about,” she said. “Parents and grandparents love to see what people really think about somewhere before they go, but they also like to share their experiences to help others.”
Dribble uses your current or chosen location to recommend the best family-friendly spots nearby. Whether you require a child-friendly cafe for a quick lunch, a nearby playpark for the kids to play in, or even somewhere for a weekend adventure, the app has you covered.
Parents can add specific requirements, such as allergies or accessibility requirements, to tailor search results. This is an area which Dribble said it plans to “further develop” in the near future. The platform also has an ‘Inspire Me’ feature, which helps users find potentially unknown, yet highly-rated, venues, as well as promotional offers available at nearby businesses.
Lindsay Arthur is a mother of three from Bishopbriggs. Since using the app, finding venues and locations which suit her specific needs has been far easier. With three children under the age of four years old, finding places to go with the appropriate facilities has traditionally been a struggle.
“I’m always on the lookout for something different to do on our days together. We love outdoor activities and crafting and sometimes it’s difficult to find something suitable for the older ones that has facilities for the baby too,” she explained.
“The Dribble app allows me to filter the venues by location, facilities and even places that have good coffee. Another great use for the app is to find places to meet up with groups of mums/parents, knowing that there will be plenty of room for us and the buggies.”
Dribble has an online Facebook community which users can join, as well as meet-ups for members to connect in real life. A series of meet-ups across the Central Belt have been planned throughout the summer.
The startup is also working alongside a variety of partners and local businesses, including the Glasgow branches of Baby Sensor, Toddler Sense, Rugby Tots Glasgow and the Glasgow Science Centre to offering exclusive discounts and deals for users.