Thank you, Glen Eira News, for raising awareness for our Caring Mums program. The article was published today in the latest edition of the paper (below):
Being a new mum has its joys as well as challenges, especially if you don’t have a strong support network around you. “No mother should have to feel alone on her journey of motherhood” — this is the motto of Caring Mums, a program of the National Council of Jewish Women Australia Victoria (NCJWA Vic). Caring Mums formed almost a decade ago, is a free and confidential service which provides emotional support to new mothers and pregnant women for a period of up to 12 months.
As part of the program, each volunteer completes professional training before being matched with a mother. Caring Mums also includes volunteers’ supervision and feedback networks to provide support and guidance.
Team member Naomi Swart said that due to COVID-19, in March Caring Mums adapted its program to operate successfully online. Currently, there are close to 80 mothers using the service, with new referrals being processed daily. Each volunteer is connecting with a mother via FaceTime or Zoom on a weekly basis. “Being heard as well as being seen is really important as it enables an emotional connection to be formed,” she said.
“Some of our matches have not yet met in person due to the pandemic. Nonetheless, they have built up a strong connection.” Naomi said being a new mum during this time of COVID-19 can be tough, and the service has experienced an increase in requests for support outside of its current catchment areas. “Caring Mums Extended Reach is designed to provide emotional support for a period of four months to new mothers outside of the Cities of Glen Eira, Bayside, Stonnington, Kingston, Port Philip, Boroondara and Yarra,” she said. “The response to this extended program has been extremely positive.”
Naomi said Caring Mums has also moved other parts of its program online, including a weekly mothers’ group and supervision of volunteers. Caring Mums also introduced a monthly newsletter, which includes additional support and interesting articles.
“During COVID-19 we have successfully trained and welcomed more than 30 volunteers to our family,” she said. “It is so pleasing to see how our wonderful volunteers and mums have adapted during this time. The feedback we are receiving from everyone is heart-warming and affirms that our services are needed now more than ever.”
If you are a mum, or know of a mum, who would like to join the Caring Mums program, visit www.ncjwavic.org.au /caringmums