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catriona.2014.2Community Mothers are volunteers who use their experiences as mothers as well as local knowledge to support and encourage new parents. All visits take place in the parent's home and the service is free. There are many reasons why parents use Community Mothers: You may feel isolated in your community because you have no family/friends nearby; You may be finding it difficult to adjust to the life of being a parent; You would like to know what is happening in your local community but don't know where to start!
 
How does the programme work? If you have at least one child aged between 0 and 5 years you can request a Community Mother to call by asking at the ante-natal clinic, asking your Public Health Nurse, Practice Nurse or G.P. or by contacting the programme offices directly. What the Community Mother will discuss with you will centre on your needs as an individual and as a parent. Trained Community Mothers have excellent knowledge of activities and services in your area, particularly those for parents of young children.
 
More information can be found at http://www.cmums.ie/
 
Thanking You.
 
Catriona.

Babies and their parents to experience arts in Mullingar on Culture Night day

Babies and their parents to experience arts in Mullingar on Culture Night day

Babies in Mullingar have the opportunity to participate in Culture Night on 20th September during an event designed with the tiniest of cultural tastes in mind.
Mothers and babies will be chilling out in a specially created Jazz Lounge, as part of the regular Friday morning Baby Café in Riverstown Community Centre, Dalton Park. Helium, Children's Arts and Health, is collaborating with Westmeath Community Mothers to provide extra fun, creative play and relaxation with live music in a sensory environment for some chilled-out Jazz themed play.  Babies (ages 0-18 months) and their parents are welcome from 11:30am-1pm. The event is free of charge. Friendly conversation and a cup of tea or coffee is included!
 
Miriam Mulrennan, Westmeath County Council Arts Officer says, "Westmeath Culture Night allows venues, groups and practitioners to showcase the breadth of talent and innovative initiatives taking place around the county. The collaboration between the Jazz Lounge, Helium - Children's Arts and Health and Westmeath Community Mothers is about many things: there is the fun and spontaneous creativity that it encourages, there is also the 'science bit' where we know from various studies the importance of music in early education and development for children. The physiology of creativity suggests we should start 'firing up' our creative minds as early as possible and it is great to acknowledge programmes like this - where this is happening, and in a fun environment."
 
Parents who have experienced past arts events with their babies have said:
"I found the performance very interesting.  My daughter likes the sounds and plays.  Her reactions were amazing.  I was really surprised".  (Mother of baby 7months)
"It was excellent, very interesting time, conscientious.  Gave me great ideas to play at home with my little boy".(Mother of baby 3 months)
 
Catriona Corcoran from Westmeath Community Development and Co-ordinator of Community Mothers in Westmeath comments: "Community Mothers & Westmeath Community Development are delighted to be associated with the Jazz Lounge for Culture Night 2013, babies and their parents love opportunities to sample new experiences. Jazz isn’t usually associated with babies, so maybe it will start a new trend.  All the parents are very excited and looking forward to the event."
 
This event is part of a national initiative called Baby Culture Night which is promoting art and early year events across Ireland on Culture Night.  For a full listing of other events in other counties please see: http://babyculturenight.wordpress.com/
For further information please contact Helene Hugel: helene@helium.ie | 087-7809887

      

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The Gathering of Community Mothers in Longford/Westmeath

          

Back row left to right: Grazyna Strutynska Ana Krugel, Martina Cassidy, Margaret Kiernan, Yvonne Naughton, Eithne Ryan, Carol Liston, Mary Dunne, Margaret McCoppin, Dolores Reynolds, Adejoke Olaniyan-Collins. Front row left to right: Angela Swift, Ani Tate, Mary Quinn, Jane Horan, Wioletta Krugel, Justyna Mika.

Recently Community Mothers throughout Athlone, Mullingar and Longford gathered to meet and exchange stories of their experiences of volunteering as Community Mothers. 

Many of the exchanges at the recent Gatherings emphasized the contributions that Community Mothers make in reducing the isolation and stress many parents experience, also the gratitude experienced by the families that the service exists and the mutual benefit that both community mothers and parents gain from the service.

The Community Mothers service Longford/Westmeath which is funded by the HSE, 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. Nearly one hundred families are in receipt of this service. 

For more information about the service provided by the Community Mothers Project contact Catriona Corcoran at 044 9348571

or visit the Community Mothers website

www.cmums.ie 

          

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Baby Cafe wishes everyone a Happy Xmas

The final Baby Cafe of 2012 took place today, December the 12th, at our venue in Riverside Community Centre.  
The baby Cafe continues to be success with lots of new mums and babies attending.  
The Cafe provides mums with opportunities to meet other mums, find out what is going on the local area as well as making new friends.  
It is a vital link for mums especially those who are not from the Mullingar Area.  
We meet every Friday from 1130-1pm in Riverside Community Centre, Robinstown Rd (this is the new road that links the Castlepollard and Delvin Roads).  
 
The next Cafe will take place on Friday January 11th 2013.
Baby Cafe wishes everyone a Happy Xmas 
 
 
 

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