Education

Nappy bags for new mums

By Laura Briggs

Nappy bag necessities have nurtured the nurturing.

Notre Dame College Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning students visited the Caroline Chisholm Society on Wednesday to provide help where they saw a need.

Notre Dame College teacher Kaye Merryfull said a large group of students from the school recently raised and donated $1000 towards the Caroline Chisholm Society. She said at that initial meeting Maree Chin from the organisation spoke about nappy bags for new mums. Staff and students then put their heads together to extend a helping hand in packaging up 20 nappy bags to donate to the organisation.

The bags, full of necessities including small toys, toiletries, baby wraps, nappies and wipes were quick to pass through the hands of the Caroline Chisholm Society to young mums linked through The Bridge Youth Service.

The society’s lead practitioner Ms Chin said she was delighted to receive much-needed support from the students to help those in need.

‘‘It’s fantastic, they’ve donated $1000 recently and now they’ve also done this project of the nappy bags and that’s the sort of help we need.’’

Ms Chin said the Caroline Chisholm Society had been running in Shepparton for 46 years. She said with only one paid staff member, the organisation was run by dedicated volunteers who sorted and distributed donated items to parents in need.

Ms Chin said as well as the volunteers involved, they also received ongoing support from community groups and members which allowed them to keep providing their services.

‘‘There’s still people that aren’t aware of the service but our aim is that everyone would come to know that we are here and our service is available to those in need,’’ she said.