As Mother’s Day approaches, a lot of us will be thinking of ways to connect with our moms and show them how much we love and appreciate them. We may not be able to see them in person this year, but we would still like to show them how much we care.
Whenever caring for our own mother is important, it is important to think about supporting women and families who are in a less privileged position.
The epidemic has exacerbated already existing problems including financial instability, job insecurity and food poverty. So here are some things you can do to support underprivileged mothers and families this Mother’s Day.
1 is Donate food or time to your local food bank
Food banks rely on donations to feed the families who depend on them. More than 90% of the food distributed by the Trussell Trust’s Foodbank Network is donated. You can drop food directly on site to donate food to your local food bank. Or, if more convenient, you can donate at the local supermarket collection point. Food banks will carry both essential and non-essential items, but will often provide online guidance as to what they need most. Before donating, do research to your local food bank to ensure that the items you give are as useful as possible.
There are also opportunities to volunteer at food banks. You can usually find current opportunities in your area by searching online. Alternatively, you can contact your local food bank directly and get more information on how you can help.
2. Donate essential supplies to new mothers
It is a sad reality that many new mothers are unable to afford the basic equipment needed to care for their newborns. The good news is, great charities like Baby Basics for New Mothers have been established to provide practical support to new mothers in need.
Like food banks, Baby Basics relies on donations. Particularly useful materials such as maternity pads, baby soaps, newborn baby nappies, baby wipes, baby clothes, pushchairs and toys. Before donating, visit Baby Basic’s website to find out which items are most in demand.
3. A child who is facing adversity
The family runs a service called Action Friendship Works, which supports children aged 5 to 18 in London who have gone through difficult or traumatic childhood experiences. They may have grown up in a family affected by domestic violence. They can be young carers who help care for someone in their family who is ill, disabled or abuses drugs or alcohol. They may have additional requirements, which means they struggle to make friends. They are usually from families who are living in poverty or on the verge of poverty.
You can work voluntarily as a mentor with Family Action and take one of these youngsters out for a few hours each week, so they only get time to have a baby. As a mentor, you will most likely be asked to give a few hours of your time over the weekend, which will bring fun and friendship into the life of a child who is feeling lonely and isolated. To find out how you can refer volunteers to the Family Action website.
४. Help support struggling single parents
Raising and raising a family is a difficult task. This can be particularly difficult as a single parent, in a world that often judges you with prejudice and stigma. Gingerbread is a fantastic charity that provides support for single parent families. They provide information to help single parents to support themselves and their family; And campaign and influence policy to reduce stigma against single parents.
You can support Gingerbread and the families they help donate, fundraise, or volunteer their time – on their own, with colleagues, or with friends and family. For more information on how you can visit Gingerbread’s website.
5. Support new mothers mental health
Prenatal mental health conditions – including both pre- and post-natal depression – are estimated to affect 1 in 5 women in the UK. Perinatal mental health conditions vary in severity, but can be debilitating for both women and their families.
PANDAS and Family provide antenatal support services to help charitable women and their families, including action, when they are struggling with their perinatal mental health. Family Action’s services are early intervention, low-intensity services for mental health issues with low to moderate levels of diagnosis. Panda runs a helpline and a number of support groups in the UK to support all women who are struggling with their perinatal mental health.
Both charities rely on fundraising and volunteers to offer these essential support services to new and expected mothers. Visit their websites to learn more about how you can help through fundraising, donating, volunteering or raising awareness.
६. Volunteer to support struggling families by phone end
If there is one thing that the epidemic has helped us appreciate, it is that being separated from friends and family can be an incredibly lonely experience. Many of us maintained contact with loved ones during the past year using the phone. Telephones provide the lifeline and critical moments of the connection. You can voluntarily hand over that lifeline to someone who needs to hear a voice of support, along with the family action family line.
It can often be difficult to be part of a family without emotional support and guidance. Many people feel confused about what information is available to help them; Or struggle for services closer to home. FamilyLine is the first point of contact for people with access to Family Action’s services and at the end of the phone is a great way for families voluntarily supporting the charity and those who depend on its services. Find out more about how you can help on Family Action’s website.
… Help low-income women find jobs and achieve financial independence
The power of work and financial freedom cannot be underestimated. It can help people provide for themselves and their family, and gives people a necessary sense of confidence, purpose and direction.
Smart Works is a fantastic charity that provides both interview training and clothing to low-income women in the UK to help them get jobs and achieve financial independence. Using the power of clothing and coaching, the charity aims to build confidence for job success, so women across the UK can be empowered through work. To help charity and women, you can donate money or clothes to the organization’s seven locations across the UK. Visit the Smart Works website to learn more.
… Support our campaign to reclaim ‘Mumbai Labor’
Mother’s Day is almost here and Britain’s mummies have moved up and up since this year. From the pressures of lockdown and financial concerns, to unpaid responsibilities of homework and home-school, parents have had to struggle a lot to support their families.
Ahead of Mother’s Day, Red Letter Days is working with Family Action to shine the spotlight on this ‘Mumped Labor’, thanking Mummy for all her hard work and encouraging loved ones to show their appreciation.
To raise awareness, Red Letter Days and Family Action to help nations claim 100,000 hours of mumpad labor for the nation’s hard-working mothers, parents, and caregivers ahead of Mother’s Day on Sunday, March 14 Are calling The campaign aims to support maternal mental health and encourage parents to take some time off for this spring.
To participate and support a mother in your life, pledge your letter through the Red Letter Day online counter. What time can you do to help rebalance the load in your home or community? Or, if you are a mum, you can pledge to take time for yourself.