A hand washing stand at a Family Life Programme model home

A hand washing stand at a Family Life Programme model home in Uganda

Mothers’ Union is a project based organisation. We put out prayers and desire for policy change into practical action through local projects which engage with the needs of individuals or groups within local communities.

Projects are run at a local level, but may be of a nature that can be repeated in more than one community. So for example, the Family Life Programme which is being expanded to operate in at least eight diocese (large areas) in Uganda, has a national co-ordinator in Kampala, trainers operating in each diocese, and facilitators leading by example in their own communities.

In another example, Mothers’ Union is very active in many prisons throughout the Britain and Ireland, but the specific aims of each prison project will be different depending on the specific needs of inmates in each prison, or the facilities that can be made available by the prison management. This is true here in Winchester Diocese where the work undertaken by members involved at HMP Winchester is different from that undertaken by members supporting inmates at Les Nicolles Prison, on Guernsey.

Some projects have the same objectives across a whole country, but vary in how this our practically applied. This is true of the ‘Away From It All’ (AFIA) scheme which operates in most diocese in Britain and Ireland, but in a variety of ways. It aims to give families a holiday or break from difficult circumstances. Some diocese put this into action by owning a fixed site caravan which they make available, along with a few basic holiday treats, to those recommended for a holiday.

Fun at the AFIA Family Holiday provided by Mothers' Union in the Diocese of Winchester

Fun at the AFIA Family Holiday provided by Mothers’ Union in the Diocese of Winchester

In the Diocese of Winchester, Mothers’ Union works the AFIA scheme by providing a house party week, with a full staff team who provide everything from children’s activities to film nights, and counselling where appropriate.

It is people in their local communities who see and know best the needs of their locality. Many projects are therefore small scale and relate to very local issues.

There is a great variety of projects run by Mothers’ Union members in the Diocese of Winchester, many more than the information above suggests.

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