Tags: Bribie Island Groups and clubs. parenting. Single Mothers
Do you ever find the rigours of new parenthood somewhat isolating and challenging? Do you ever feel you are in need of friendship and support from people who know what it is like to be in your situation?
Bribie Island Baptist Church this month introduced a dedicated fellowship, support and social networking group designed to bring together mums, grandparents, carers and guardians of toddler-aged children. Launched on January 15, the Mum & Toddler Group facilitates a safe and interactive play environment for children and their mums while being guided and facilitated by appropriately qualified members of the Baptist Church.
The group also provides opportunities to share information, experiences and “survival techniques” for the new mums. Program Coordinator Lorna Bennett, a qualified nursery nurse originally from the UK, is confident the need for such a group will be embraced by the Bribie Island and surrounds community.
“Early parenthood can be daunting particularly when you haven’t negotiated this path before,” Lorna said. “Mums are told they should feel ecstatic and elated during this new chapter of their lives but for many the reality is very different.” The Bribie Island Baptist Church has long wanted to bring this program to fruition where mums can feel fully inclusive in a supported environment.
All mums with toddler children are welcome and are encouraged to reach out and engage with others. The program will be assisted by Baptist Church member Lindy Cowling and a team of volunteers, of all whom are Blue Card holders and Safe Ministry trained.
Morning tea will be provided and a gold coin donation would be appreciated. Fruit will be provided for the toddlers, however any specific dietary requirements are advised to be provided by parents. For further information on the Group’s program please contact Lorna Bennett on 0404 430 340.