Mums' Cottage News
Mums’ Cottage in Holmesville is well known in the Lake Macquarie area. In March this year it celebrated its sixth year of service to mothers and families. It offers mentoring, self-enrichment opportunities, counselling and advocacy programs as well as a friendly space where mothers can gather for a chat and companionship. Kay Fraser, Mayor Lake Macquarie City Council said recently that it already had cemented a spot in the community and in the hearts of many local families who have benefited from its services.
Mums’ Cottage Holmesville now has a companion service in the city of Mandurah, situated at about seventy kms south of Perth in Western Australia. Early in June, Sr Helen Anne and her volunteers had the pleasure of welcoming Kaye Seeber, the founder of Mums’ Cottage WA and her husband Mike to Holmesville. Members of Mums’ Cottage, Kaye and Mike celebrated the visit with an inspiring liturgy, good conversation and exchange of ideas.
Kaye had been so inspired by the work of Sr Helen-Anne when hearing her speak two years ago, that she went back to Perth and started a sister Cottage. The Mandurah Cottage organises speakers on topics such as health, relationships, budgeting, cooking, craft, art and gardening as well as providing a homely space where mothers can gather. Before leaving, Kaye presented Sr Helen Anne with a mandarin tree for the Cottage garden as a token of her appreciation.
While Mums’ Cottage benefits from much support from a variety of organisations and individuals, finance is always an issue so fund-raising is a necessity. This year’s fundraiser was a Trivia Night at Club Macquarie in Argenton on 8th June. It was a huge success, with lots of happy people and many prizes donated. Over $2,000.00 was raised.
There is always something going on at Mums’ Cottage whether it be a Mexican Lunch or a reading program for pre-schoolers or the forthcoming Christmas celebration on 23rd July.