Across the diocese Mothers' Union members are involved in a variety of initiatives. Below are just a few.
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Helping in prisons
A number of Mothers’ Union members help in prisons around the diocese. Why? One of the objectives of the Mother’s Union is to support families whose life has met with some adversity.
At HMP Armley, in Leeds members help with the Jigsaw Programme working with children and families in the Visitor Centre and at HMP Wealstun, near Wetherby members help with the Children's Play Area.
Away from it all holidays
Away From It All (AFIA) holidays are offered by many diocesan Mothers’ Unions to families who, for various reasons, have not been able to enjoy what many of us take for granted – quality time away to spend as a family in relaxed surroundings. There is an AFIA scheme now running across the whole of the Diocese of Leeds. Holidays at our two caravans on the East coast can be provided free of charge to families who need a break “away from it all”. Referrals from members of clergy for those families who would benefit from such a break are welcome. Read more.
Contact Denise Barrett for more information on 07934 111569.
A friendship group for refugee families
The St Augustine’s Centre in Halifax is a community centre for anyone who needs help or support regardless of faith, ethnicity or background.
The Mothers’ Union have been running a Friendship Group there since 2009. Fifteen or so Mothers’ Union volunteers ensure three of them are there every week working, playing and talking with refugee women and their families.
'Caring for You' Hospital Packs for Young People
Wakefield Area Mothers' Union is running a pilot project providing overnight stay packs for children and young people admitted to Pinderfields Hospital as an emergency.
'Being admitted to hospital at short notice is an upsetting time for anyone, but for parents of young children and teenagers, it can feel very vulnerable and stressful when this occurs and we just wanted to reach out and give them one less thing to worry about', explained Eileen Warburton, president elect for Wakefield area.
Read more and find out how you can help here.
Fiddle Quilts for those with Dementia
Fiona is a diocesan member of the Mothers' Union. She was inspired by an article she read in Families First to make a Fiddle Quilt - first for a friend's mum with Alzheimer's, and then several more for local nursing homes.
Fiddle Quilts are activity quilts for adults with a variety of tabs, zips, velcro and studs, designed to stimulate conversation and memories as well as maintain finger dexterity. They have been found to calm agitated people suffering from dementia.