"It is perfect, particularly for people who don't have a family. When you are isolated, it's that extra link you really need."
Mentoring Mums is an early intervention and prevention program working with vulnerable and expectant mothers. Mums who participate in the program come from diverse backgrounds and are experiencing a degree of social isolation and vulnerability.
Mentors are volunteers who are mothers themselves and come from a broad cross section of the community. They are the mothers of young children, grandmothers, working mums and have a vast range of experience including nursing, social work, teaching, early education and their own personal experiences of being a mum.
Volunteer Mentors are recruited and undergo induction and comprehensive training that covers topics such as; child development, attachment and bonding, child abuse and reporting, communication, family violence, post-natal depression and child vehicle safety.
The Mentor works with mum to build a trusting and consistent relationship, visiting her at home and spending time getting to know her and her child. Mentors support mum in her parenting role and assists in connecting her to the community, encouraging access to health services, maternal and child health programs, parenting services and other community groups.
For more information or to register your interest as a volunteer, please contact: Mentoring Mums Coordinator;
Phone: (03) 9474 4819
Fax: (03) 9460 1635
In January 2009 Melbourne University was engaged to provide an action research evaluation to assist in the future development and implementation of Mentoring Mums. Released mid-2010, the report provided a snapshot of the achievements to date, the data and findings which formed a basis for the program’s future planning.
Mentoring Mums Evaluation Report