AFIA - Away From It All
This is a holiday scheme organized and funded by Mothers Union as a practical and important way to help support family life.
Anyone who is under financial or emotional stress and feels they need a break can apply, provided they meet the listed criteria. We offer a variety of holiday options and try to match the family's requirements.
Child Contact Centres
Four centres, one in Frome, two in North Somerset (Clevedon and Nailsea), and one in Cheddar are operated and funded by the Mothers' Union. They provide a neutral venue where, following a family break up, a non- resident parent can see their child in a safe and neutral environment.
All centres have received accredited from the National Association of Child Contact Centres.
Families are usually referred via solicitors or the courts and occasionally by Social Services.
Here is a talk given by Beryl Rogers when we celebrated the 10th anniversary of our Contact Centres.
There are four hospitals in the Diocese, Bath, Taunton, Yeovil and Weston Super Mare and we supply their Maternity units with :
- Baby Gowns and quilted covers for very premature and stillborn babies. These are beautifully made by members from kits.
- 'pop-in' bags in bright colours which are made for the children who need chemotherapy at Taunton hospital.
Baby clothes and blankets are provided for young teenage Mums, increasingly through Children's Centres that are being established in many towns. Large knitted blankets go to various nursing homes. Jumpers, hats, gloves and scarves are sent to Eastern Europe and we often receive requests further afield when there has been an emergency.
We send items to:
Children's Centres & Weston Healthy Living Centre
babies cardigans, hats, bootees, cot/pram blankets
children's jumpers, cardigans, hats, gloves, hand puppets, teddies
Our Churches and communities
story bags, baptism teddies, sheep trail
Mission to Seamen
adult beanie hats
Homes for the elderly
knee blankets, twiddle muffs, twiddle gloves, twiddle aprons
Musgrove & Weston Hospitals
premature & baby cardigans, cot blankets, angel pockets, neonatal caps, booties
baby cardigans & jumpers, children's cardigans & jumpers, hats, gloves, pram/cot blankets, baby hats, teddies
baby hats, baby jackets, a donation of babygros
Bringing up children is fun and rewarding but nobody ever said it was easy. By becoming part of an informal parenting group and with the help of a trained facilitator parents can learn together how to bring up confident and happy children.
Members collect a variety of items, including, toiletries, bedding, cleaning items and non-perishable goods for the women's refuges across the diocese. Some branches only collect at Easter and Christmas but many collect throughout the year. We have also provided cookery books for young Mums and several families have benefited from a holiday under our AFIA scheme.