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Mumma Bears for you!

MUMMA BEARS is a not-for-profit support group for mums, providing support for other mums with little or no family around.

Mums

Do you feel alone? Have you got so many things that need doing but don't know where to start? Do you just need somewhere to go to be with someone who understands that having children is not always a bed of roses?

Well THIS is the right place to be!. We're not a charity, we're not a government agency, we don't ask for anything from you. We're just here to ... well be here for you.

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How can I help?

You've cleared your nest, you're perhaps waiting on your own grandchildren or already have them. You know the difficulties of being a young mum yourself: the loneliness of being inside 24x7, perhaps you experienced a time when your mum wasn't around to help. You understand how it can be.

Why not join us and pass on your experience? Become a friend to a young mum. Be someone who cares for the mum and her children. You know it can only be good for you both.

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Events and News

News and Events happening at Mumma Bears.

On Sat 12th Nov. We celebrated our 1st Anniversary

at Panorama Room, Frankston International, Frankston.

BEAR APPEAL

Read the news published on Bayside Leader

MUMMA BEARS SEEK VOLUNTEERS

Read the news published on Bayside Leader

What we do

A NEW program connecting young mums with older mothers is proving to be as successful as a warm hug.

The Mumma Bears group is matching younger women with older women to help support them with their parenting and other life skills.


Mothers' Helpers

Young Mums with no parents of their own, in easy reach, are finding love and learning from a group of older women reaching out to help them.


What about other similar groups?

Carol Ray (Founder) says: "Of course, there are mothers’ groups out there for many of these girls, but it can be quite a skill to go into a room with a group of people and start a conversation,"

"Sometimes these girls just need to strike up a friendship one on one, whether it be over coffee, at each other’s houses or just simply for some advice and a chat over the phone or by text."

Mums and Cubs

Young mums, who are referred to as Cubs have now struck up a friendship with a Mumma Bear, depending on their interests, availability, background or location.

Ms Ray said the group is looking to recruit more Mumma Bears, to keep up with the demand and extend to other areas in Victoria and around the country.


Does it help?

Cub Kristine Van De Nesse said after losing her parents, she sought help from Mumma Bears.

"For mothers like me, it’s a chance to have someone to talk to, have someone play with and read to my children and perhaps even give me a break one day and babysit," Kristine said.

"I know my Mumma Bear can’t replace my parents, but it’s nice to know that someone cares about me and wants to spend time with my children."


What does it cost?

There is no cost at all to the participants

How we got started

Founder and Carrum Downs mum of two Carol Ray said she came up with the idea after reading a Facebook post on a mum’s page.

"A young mum posted that she was lonely and didn’t have family support, and many commented they were in the same boat," Ms Ray said.

"It broke my heart and I decided to see if there was an interest out there for a mums support program.

"It exploded and I got 400 likes in 24 hours."

Since it formed last year, Mumma Bears has attracted hundreds of members, both young and older women, and has matched many of them.


Fund Raising

The not-for-profit group hold events such as sewing classes, birthday celebrations, managing budget sessions, cooking and cake-decorating classes so we need to engage in different fund raising activities, aside from the business of administering the group.

We don't expect members to fund-raise, but if they wish to, it's welcome!


For details: 0432 617 730

Our Activities

Take a moment to browse through some of the activities you can participate in. If you have a special skill or hobby, perhaps you could run an activity yourself.

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  • Sewing
  • Kids Activities
  • Cooking
  • Budgeting
  • Cake Decorating

Listen to what some of our Mumma Bears, Cubs and supporters have to say

When you do voluntary work for a good cause such as this, it's nice to know that it's appreciated.
Here's a selection of the feedback we've already received about our organisation. It makes it all worthwhile.

After losing her parents, she sought help from Mumma Bears.

"For mothers like me, it’s a chance to have someone to talk to, have someone play with and read to my children and perhaps even give me a break one day and babysit," Kristine said.

“I know my Mumma Bear can’t replace my parents, but it’s nice to know that someone cares about me and wants to spend time with my children."

Kristine Van De Nesse

Cub

Councillor for Four Oaks Ward

I want to congratulate you on this incredible initiative and look forward to hearing more feedback as the group continues to grow

Rosalie Crestani

City of Casey

Priority ERP Pty Ltd

Our company is committed to worthwhile causes and the efforts of small organisations. We are proud to be involved with Mumma Bears Australia Inc. as complimentary software supplier and web developers. We value the work that groups like this do in our community and are pleased to help all such organisations where possible and at the same time promote our brand.

Ged Unsworth

Contact: 0414324681

Mayor of Frankston

Mumma Bears is an ellent initiative, it's exactly the kind community project I would like to support. I wish it had been available to my wife and I when we moved from Sydney, as I can relate to the pressure of having three children under three - and no family around.

James Dooley

City of Frankston

What Mumma Bears means to me

I lost both my parents in my 20's both in tragic circumstances, mum to brain aneurysm and dad to suicide. Ella, my daughter only knows of her grandparents through stories and photos. I have never had a night apart from her, never had a date night. I see friends posts with their children and the grandparents fussing over them, I close my eyes and imagine what that would feel like. No one will ever replace her actual grandparents but I want her to have a person who has those attributes.

Kylie Booth-Sweeney

Cub

Mumma Bears provide you with that "family" that cares

"That's what people do who love you. They put their arms around you and love you when you're not so lovable." ― Deb Caletti

Deb Caletti is an American writer of young adult and adult fiction. Caletti is a National Book Award finalist, as well as the recipient of other numerous awards including PEN USA finalist award, the Washington State Book Award, and SLJ Best Book award

Meet the people behind the Mumma Bears

Behind every successful organisation is a dedicated team that makes everything run smoothly. Mumma Bears is no different and there's a committed team of individuals who volunteer their time to help the Mumma Bears and Cubs. Without these people nothing could happen.

Carol Ray

Founder and CEO

Carol is a mum to two grown girls. She has been a Primary School Teacher specialising in Performing Arts and Music for around 30 years. Loves theatre and sewing.

Tina Rusden

Committee Member

Tina has been married for nearly 30 years and has 3 adult children as well as having 2 cats and 2 dogs. She loves to crochet and knit!

Elaine Fairbairn

Committee Member

Elaine is a mother of 2 children aged 18 and 17. She is a full time worker, in planning. Elaine moved to Australia from the UK when her children were 1 & 2. She wants to help others in any way she can and is thrilled to be involved.

Chantel Baker

Committee Member

Chantel became a mum for the first time to 8 month old Isabelle. She moved to Melbourne from Tasmania with her husband, both work in hospitality. She likes DIY, crafts, reading & animals - she has 3 cats!

Mumma Bears aim to fill the gap of a true family

"The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof." ― Richard Bach

Quoted from: Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Our partners

Our partners are our lifeblood.

Without you we could not operate. As a not for profit organisation we rely on the fantastic support of our volunteers and benefactors. We do whatever we can to raise awareness of our partners through invitation to fundraisers, web exposure, and through our marketing activities.
If you would like to be involved in any way please contact us.

For details: 0432 617 730


Please visit our partners by clicking on the links below

Zonta International is a leading global organization of professional empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Thanks to http://www.zontamelbsoutheast.org.au/

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