Name: Martina Finn
Number of children: 1
Job title: Founder of NoLimit Camps, which provides holiday day camps for children with additional needs. I am also working full time at SEN school in Berkhamsted plus a mum of one cheeky 7 year old.
Duties: Just about everything from administration, finance, to hands on helping and assisting the coaches on the day.
Hours: 24/7 I need longer days or more days in the week!
Childcare arrangements: To juggle work and family, became slightly easier when my Sebastian started in full time education.
What I love about work: Everything; I enjoy being busy and constantly on the go. Every little thing, from preparation of the camps to the excitement, meeting the children and spending the day with them. Being part of something unique seeing children enjoy and gain amazing experiences! The greatest feeling is receiving positive feedback from parents, knowing how much their children enjoyed each day with us at the camp!
What I find difficult is: I also work full time at SEN school, so juggling a full-time job, family life and camps can be a little bit stressful! However, I like to keep myself busy and occupied, so for now I would not change it.
My working life would be easier if: Things would always run to plan, unfortunately time to time, things don’t work out how you want or expect.
Work/mum life balance: I feel very lucky, Sebastian is a very happy, independent little boy, which has given me the chance to take up this idea and develop it into a reality.
How having children has changed the work I do: It was always a dream of mine to have my own business. I tried once before, but it was not the right time, Sebastian was too little. This time, I feel, I am definitely ready and really want to make the camps work.
Fantasy job / If I wasn’t doing this… I’d be probably still trying to run some kind of business. I like to be independent and feel that I’m making a difference.
Mojomums helps mums get their mojo back – what advice would you give to mums who feel they have lost theirs? Whatever your dreams are, just go for it! Stay positive and don’t be afraid to ask for her help from family and friends. When I started to play with the idea of starting these camps, I openly talked to family and friends and their feedback and suggestions were so positive, encouraging and uplifting. I felt their confidence in me reflected into how much time and work I had and continue to put into this.
Anything else? I am a great believer in positive thinking, you cannot please everyone so sometimes you just need to focus on yourself and your business to do what is right for you! Running your own business can be stressful and demanding, but if you surround yourself with a great team of people and put your trust in them, your business will flourish!
www.nolimitcamps.co.uk We specialise in sport activities for children with learning difficulties. Our club provides sport activities, such as Football and Multi – Activities combined with options for the children to continue their Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy sessions.