The Gathering of Community Mothers
The Gathering of Community Mothers in Longford/Westmeath Recently Community Mothers throughout Athlone, Mullingar and Longford gathered to meet and exchange stories of their experiences of volunteering as Community Mothers.
The service provides home visits for parents with babies /children aged under 5 years. There are many reasons why families access this service: families do not always have families/friends living close by; new parents may struggle adjusting to being a parent ; many parents are new to the local area and don’t know what activities suitable for young children are going on.
Experienced mothers offer support and friendship to parents using the service. Many of the exchanges at the recent Gathering emphasized the contribution Community Mothers make in reducing the isolation and stress many parents experience.
The gratitude experienced by the families that the service exists and the mutual benefit that both community mothers and parents gain from the service.
Our service includes Community Mothers originally from towns throughout the Midlands as well as from other countries including Poland, Nigeria and Bulgaria.
Joe Potter CEO of Westmeath Community Development is proud of the work of the volunteers who are giving back so much to the local community.
The service receives it’s funding from the HSE.
Nearly one hundred families are in receipt of this service.