Action and Outreach

Our aim in Action and Outreach is to support marriage and family life worldwide, especially those families whose lives have been met with adversity, through practical projects.

How do we do this?

  • We reach out to individuals
  • We give support to those in need – parochially and more widely – through structured projects

Dedication of new Caravan 2017

On Friday January 6th 2017, the Feast of the Epiphany, we were privileged to have our new caravan dedicated by Archbishop Barry Morgan before his retirement at the end of the month. Archbishop Barry has always been supportive of the Mothers Union in general but especially of our Away From It All project which we run in Trecco Bay Porthcawl.

It is a very important project, in that it helps people and especially families who are experiencing stress or adversity in their daily family life.  Last year alone, in 2016, we gave 26 families a holiday, which otherwise they would not have had.  The benefits of such holidays are immense.  Apart from happy memories, which have long lasting emotional, psychological and social benefits, these holidays also bring an opportunity for families to experience greater optimism and ambition for the future.  A simple break in the caravan such as ours can help build families’ relationships with each other, and improve children’s learning and behaviour at home and in school.

None of this would be possible without the amazing generosity of our members and friends who constantly fundraise and give freely of their time, enabling us to provide these worthwhile holidays completely free of charge to our needy families.

Thanks must also go to Park Dean who generously provide our families with entertainment passes which enable them to use all the site facilities.

So THANK YOU to EVERYONE who contributes towards this wonderful project.

Please watch this space for details of Open week at the caravan where you can come and visit our wonderful new caravan and enjoy a cuppa with members of our Unit.

  • Our biggest project in Llandaff is the Away From It All Caravan holidays. We now have a new static caravan at Trecco Bay Porthcawl. We believe in the importance of families and in quality time spent together to build meaningful relationships that strengthen families. AFIA holidays help people who are experiencing stress in their family life.
  • We support families of prisoners at Cardiff and especially Parc Prison. We have members who regularly visit, supporting people in prison, and families whose lives are impacted by imprisonment.

We support young people in the community by giving and sharing food and cooking skills. The YMCA/Gwalia Housing project in the Cynon Valley Deanery with the monthly fresh food box for the young people to learn life skills, continues successfully. A similar project has been established in the Rhondda Deanery, working again with Gwalia Housing who are supporting people with mental health problems.

  • We support families at Baptism services. We get involved when families come to church for the baptism of their children. Some of our members become involved with the families before the service and keep in touch with them afterwards.
  • We support couples embarking on marriage by giving information and advice on Christian marriage at Wedding Fairs
  • Many other Parochial and Deanery projects such as Natter and Nosh, Teddy and Twiddle blanket knitting, etc

What are our future projects?

  • We hope to support young people leaving home for University for the first time by giving recipe books –“Eating good food on a budget”

Overseas Projects

We support families worldwide. We have a Relief fund where we provide emergency financial help for communities affected by natural disaster or conflict. The Mothers Union have workers in many countries of the world working with members to support families. For example, we have Parenting Programmes in 26 different countries, Literacy, numeracy and Financial Educational Programmes in developing countries all of which we support by fundraising and Prayer.

Overseas Fundraising projects include Make a Mothers’ Day where members fundraise by purchasing ethical gifts instead of chocolates and flowers for Mother’s Day. Many of our members are involved in this.
makemothersday.org

Another fundraising project some of our members are involved with is the Wheels appeal where members hold cake stalls, coffee mornings etc to raise money to support travel of Mothers’ Union workers around the world.
mothersunion.org

This year we hope to build relationships with these diocese through two way communication.
We will have an Overseas day to fundraise for the overseas projects – watch this space for details!

For further details on any of the above projects please contact
Lowrie Washington Jones  Action and Outreach Coordinator
lowriej@mothersunionllandaff.org
Telephone : 02922218982

Collections from our Annual Deanery Festivals usually goes to support Overseas projects.

We have link Diocese with whom we pray especially. Our Link Diocese can be viewed on the map below.

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worldMasvingo in Zimbabwe

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worldKibondo in Tanzania

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worldNebbi in Uganda

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worldBida in Nigeria

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worldKanyakumari in India

This year we hope to build relationships with these diocese through two way communication.
We will have an Overseas day to fundraise for the overseas projects – watch this space for details!

For further details on any of the above projects please contact
Lowrie Washington Jones  Action and Outreach Coordinator
lowriej@gmail.com
Telephone : 02922218982

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