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A.F.I.A
Away From It All

Away From It All (AFIA) is a Mothers’ Union holiday scheme,  primarily funded by Mothers’ Union members, to help people who are  experiencing stress in their family life. Mothers’ Union normally helps  with part of the cost of a holiday or with travel expenses, but  sometimes can pay for the whole trip. The funds are limited but we will  always help as much as we can.

Those hoping to have a holiday don’t have to be a member of a church  or organisation and can apply for themselves or recommend someone else  for a holiday. The holidays take many different forms. Some are  specially organised family short breaks or AFIA can also support such activities as a school tour or a Confirmation Retreat.

The service is  confidential and discreet with referrals coming from Clergy or other  Professionals. If you know someone who could benefit from this service,  please contact office@mothersunion.ie to find out if AFIA is offered in your diocese. AFIA is available in our United Diocese with application forms available from:
The Diocesan Resource Centre,
Church Lane,
Kilkenny.
(Letters should be marked "AFIA -Private & Confidential)

(Please note: referrals must come through Clergy or other Professionals  such as a School Principal)
        Ollie The Octopus
       
Matinee Jackets


                                  Trauma Teddy




Mothers' Union Knitting Projects



Knitting Projects are supported by many Branches and some of the following items are produced by members:

  • Matinee Jackets and hats for premature babies.

  • Hats and scarves for the homeless

  • Trauma Teddies

  • Ollie the Octopus

Click on the pictures on your left to access some of the patterns
Mothers' Union Literacy Programme
& Feed the Minds

Cashel, Ferns & Ossory Diocese has a long history of looking beyond itself to partner with others in need of support.  In 2016 and 2017 this partnership will once again be forged, to provide literacy and livelihoods training through the Mothers’ Union in Ethiopia and through Feed the Minds in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  
Literacy is a foundation stone of poverty alleviation.

Mothers’ Union literacy groups across East and Central Africa have seen 160,000 people  benefit  in  Burundi, Malawi,  Sudan  and  South  Sudan  since  2000. The Programme in Ethiopia is seeing similar success and needs support to expand to both local villages and refugee camps.

Feed the Minds literacy classes are designed for implementation in conflict zones and are now being tailored to the specific needs of the Democratic Republic of Congo where sexual violence and shame are preventing many women from taking part in their public classes.  Members will  then join soap making cooperatives.

This year Bishop Michael Burrows embarked on his Route 66 to raise funds for both the Mothers' Union Literacy Funds and Feed the Minds.



Bishop Michael Burrows is pictured with
Phyllis Grothier (All-Ireland President) &
Revd. Margaret Sykes (Diocesan President)
at the launch of Route 66
MU Enterprise Stall

For many years in the United Diocese Lilia Harper & Cecily Jones were the faces behind the MU Enterprise stall bringing their array of cards, literature, gifts etc. to different MU events and Diocesan Synod. Lilia and Cecily stepped down from this role in early 2017 and we are very grateful that Phyllis Foot has agreed to take over the running of this stall.

It is hoped that someone will come forward to assist Phyllis with this role as the United Diocese covers such a large area.
Bye Buy Childhood

Exploiting children for profit is wrong
Mothers' Union in Ireland launched their Bye Buy Childhood Postcard campaign at  their All-Ireland Leadership Conference on 5th March 2011.

The Mothers' Union Bye Buy Campaign was initiated by the concern expressed  by parents' of their experience of the pressures of commercialisation on  family life and that marketing with sexualised content is too easily  accessible.

Moving Forward with the Campaign
The Marketing Department have prepared 20,000 postcards to lobby OfCom (UK) and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland  if they feel a programme is unsuitable for viewing by children and  teenagers and that it should not be shown before the 9.00pm watershed.

We  would encourage you to look at the programmes and advertisements  through the eyes of a child. Then ask yourself the question - Would the  content make you behave in the way portrayed? If the answer is yes, send  a postcard available from the All- Ireland Office Telephone 00353 1  8735075 or from marketing@mothersunion.ie or follow these links to OfCom and Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

The  postcards are available to and can be used by everyone and anyone. The Mothers' Union do not want the flame of this campaign to go out.

Mothers’ Union Bye Buy Childhood Website www.byebuychildhood.org


OUR POSTCARD CAMPAIGN CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO US ALL & MOST IMPORTANTLY TO OUR CHILDREN.



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