“Just because I have a disability doesn’t mean I can’t be a good mother’’
This statement was made by a mother at this month’s Mothers Group. This comment was a thought that the entire group did identify with. The mothers group is a place where you can come and talk in safe and friendly atmosphere about child protection issues. Your children maybe in care or living with you.
We finally had our first session in our new training room. Everyone was excited at having our own space, in a familiar accessible location. It was a great group with two new members joining us this week.
The Group has been running for six months, with numbers steadily increasing despite the barriers faced by some of the mothers around childcare, transport and organisation of support workers. The group gives mothers a forum to discuss matters that are important to them.
One mother commented that “having a disability makes people not believe me”. This group has provided an opportunity for her to meet with like-minded mothers going through similar situations, to support each other.
Members of the group have said that they are finding the group to be supportive, informative and a place to be heard. The group have asked for the session to be extended with the view to increase the frequency of the sessions.
With the ACT Election fast approaching we had discussions about the matters affecting the members. The mothers took the opportunity to voice what they would like to see changed. These views were filmed and will be taken to the Party Leaders before the Election.
Next group: Tuesday 18 October 2016 at 11am.