As a partner of the Moorabool Shire Best Start Partnership, M4M help to give a parents perspective to the decision making on this committee.
M4M has been involved in or contributed to several of the projects that have been developed. These have included the Lidgett St Park family days, Literacy Trails, Birthday Postcard Project and the Autumn Festival. We also take part in the Ready Steady Go Action Group, which looks at how we can help children and families in their transition to school.
The Birthday Postcard Project won the Partnerships with Families and Communities award at this year’s Early Years Awards. The project was developed in partnership by Moorabool Shire Council’s Maternal and Child Health Unit, Moorabool for Mothers Inc, Bacchus Marsh Primary School and Young St Preschool. All primary schools, kindergartens and childcare centres in Moorabool have supported the delivery of the project. The postcards are delivered through Maternal and Child Health from 1-4 years, 5 years from early childhood services and schools, and 6-8 years through the schools.
So look out for your child’s card in the month of your child’s birthday.
Since 2003 M4M has been involved with the Moorabool Children’s Forum, which is a group for services who come together every 2 months to look at issues and services concerning parents and young children. M4m takes part to inform other services about our newsletter, and helped services to inform parents about what they do through articles in our newsletter.
M4m also support other groups within the community, through providing opportunities to have their activities or groups advertised within the newsletter.
As a non-profit enterprise, Moorabool for Mothers must gain funding from a variety of sources to get our stories out to you, but one of our major fundraisers may come as a bit of a surprise.
Over the past couple of years M4M has gathered together used postage stamps, some from members, but the vast majority from some very supportive businesses in town. We then re-sell these by the kilogram to stamp collectors around the globe.
We owe our heartfelt thanks specifically to Genetics Australia, Djerriwarrh Health Services, the records department at Moorabool Shire Council, Moorabool News and Young St Preschool. They have consistently helped us withour collecting and sometimes they’ve even helped with the cutting and cropping. That’s no small feat; it can leave your fingers a tad cramped after a couple of thousand stamps.
All stamp donations are welcomed.