Donation to provide essentials for young mums

By James Bennett

A pram is an essential item for all mums with young children, but for those who are struggling, it's sometimes hard to push the finances far enough to buy one.

A $5000 donation by the RACV to the Family Haven has helped purchase a range of items for mothers including prams, swaddling wraps, bath tub, toys and nappies.

Caroline Chisholm Society chief executive Jennifer Weber said something as basic as a pram could break down the barriers of isolation.

She said Shepparton had about 10 mothers on the waiting list for prams before the donation.

“If a mum can get out and get mobile, we know that then improves her access to the services she needs,” Ms Weber said.

“It also improves her general health and wellbeing that she can get out into the community and move around more freely.

“We know that can actually improve mental health, getting that physical exercise.

“We know we have mums living in caravan parks, and because they're paying high rents they're not often able to then purchase an item like a pram.

“All the mothers on the wait list were able to get prams because of the donation.”

The Family Haven is a partnership between Caroline Chisholm Society, Lighthouse Project Shepparton, Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-Op and St Alban's Anglican Church Mooroopna.

It's an outreach program that improves access for mothers in the Greater Shepparton area.

The Family Haven meets every Tuesday at St Alban's Anglican Church, 15 Young St, Mooroopna.

For more information, phone the Caroline Chisholm Society on 5821 0826.

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