The P3 Network was originally founded in September 2014 as P3:Proud.Professional.Parents. It was established to fill a gap in support available for working professionals across careers in law, banking and professional services who happen to be LGBT+ and are either parents or looking to become parents. While many organisations offered support to their employees via established LGBT+ and Family/Parenting/Carer networks, owing to low numbers in respect of each individual organisation, the parenting agenda was often too nuanced for most LGBT+ networks and the LGBT+ perspective too niche for the Family networks. In most organisations, LGBT+ parents/prospective parents were a small demographic for which organisations were often unable to allocate funding. P3 looked to fill this gap by building critical mass across networks and organisations.
In September 2016, in response to various requests from organisations across the UK, P3 broadened its outreach, and a number of government, regulatory and other businesses collaborated with P3 to offer its staff support and to educate its staff more generally.
P3 re-branded as The P3 Network in the summer of 2017 to ensure that it was not seen as restricted to any particular subset of society. This aligned with P3’s growth into being appointed family content provider for a number of community based events and organisations.
Today, P3 actively supports individuals across the UK and professionals in over 60 UK multinationals, government and regulatory agencies. As of October 2017, P3 supports approximately 1500 families and prospective families. P3 is driving the modern family agenda forward, highlighting non-traditional and under-represented families, including predominantly LGB parents (who may choose to parent as a couple, single, or in co-parenting arrangements), trans* parents, and parents with HIV. P3 is on a mission to not only offer support, but also to expand society’s perceptions to eventually make the need for an organisation like P3 obsolete. We no longer want to see any of the families we represent as “modern”, but instead be seen as common place and relatively ordinary.