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Single Parent Support Groups and Programs

Victoria

Single Parent Support Groups


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Victoria - Council of Single Mothers and their children (CSMC)
CSMC is a statewide community organisation run for and by single mothers and their children. We provide telephone support and counselling, referral, advice and emergency relief to single mothers throughout Victoria
www.csmc.org.au


Victoria - YMCA Parentlink
YMCA Victoria provides a unique program working with single parent families. Parentlink has a range of member activities and programs that increase family participation and assist in lessening isolation often felt by single parent families. Membership includes a quarterly newsletter that is packed with handy information that provides advice, support and resources that support single parents
www.victoria.ymca.org.au



Melbourne Single Parent Support Groups and Programs

Victoria - Melbourne - Single Parents Active Kids
Run by an enthusiastic group of single parents, SPAK is a social and networking group especially for single parents and their children. They organise affordable activities and events such as family dinners and play centre outings, and hold several camps throughout the year
www.singleparentsactivekids.org


Victoria - Melbourne (Thornbury) - Solo Mums Group
This Solo Mums' Group is created to support women who are single or partnered but not with the father of their children, and looking for: community connections, support and networking but most of all just getting women together to see they are not unique in their situation and have an opportunity to share! The group will be held fortnightly, the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, for the next few months and may evolve to become more or less frequent. The group will run for a couple of hours on the Thursday morning, beginning at 10am and finishing around 12pm. As a group, we are organizing to have guest speakers to come and share their knowledge about nutrition and pampering for the mothers, and other various therapeutic, knowledge and health related activities. We are also we are looking to create a children's book about single mothers and their children with the help of an art therapist. Child care will happen if the women wish, and when we receive funding for subsidised care, but in the meantime the children are very welcome in the group.
You are welcome to e-mail the house about the group at - euphemia@twnh.vic.edu.au and admin@twnh.vic.edu.au, ring the house on 9480 0466 or drop in at 131 Shaftesbury Parade, Thornbury.
www.twnh.vic.edu.au


Victoria - Melbourne - Single Mum's Group @ wfnh
West Footscray Neighbourhood House Single Mum's Group. The single mum's group will meet every 2nd Saturday of each month from 2-4pm, upstairs in the childcare room. Afternoon tea provided.
Contact WFNH by telephoning 9687 3345 or emailing admin@wfnh.com.au
www.wfnh.com.au


Victoria - Melbourne - Rowville Flying Solo
A support group for solo Mums. This group is free and runs weekly during the school term, in partnership with Anglicare. Young children are welcome and morning tea is supplied.
Venue: Rowville Baptist Church - opposite Wellington village shopping centre.
Contact: Church Office 9764 4242, Anglicare Parentzone on 03 9721 3646 or Joy of Parentzone, 0439 651 592.
www.rowvillebaptist.org.au


Victoria - Melbourne - Flying Solo Single Mum's Group - Mornington Community Contact. Contact 03 5975 4772

Victoria - Melbourne - PARENTING SOLO - Hallam Community Centre. A support group for single mothers. Days - Thursday Time - 12.30 – 2.30. Contact Dianne 9703 1688, Sharon 9703 1688, Ainslie 9703 1688 or Sherilyn 9703 1688, or email hallamcc@bigpond.com . Hallam Community Centre, Mapleson House, 56 Kays Ave, Hallam

Victoria - Melbourne - Let's Do Lunch - Belgrave South Community House. Contact Lyn Young on 03 9754 2274

Victoria - Melbourne - Let's Do Lunch - Broadmeadows Women's House. Contact Sharon Lucas on 03 9309 9919

Victoria - Melbourne - Lunch, Chat, Play Single Parent Support Group - Christ Church Community Centre, St Kilda. Contact 03 9534 9250

Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Victoria - Melbourne - Big Brothers, Big Sisters Mentoring
Established in Melbourne in 1980, Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentoring services to young people (7-25 years) in need of additional adult support. Big Brothers Big Sisters' vision is that every young person who needs a mentor, has a mentor
www.bbbs.org.au



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What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the

kids

are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.

Centrelink

plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. Centrelink are the source from where the

single mother pension

, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. The single mother pension is a subsistence amount, but just the same, it is money to live on, and so it is important, no matter if it is called single parent payment, single mother pension or whatever Centrelink welfare classes it at the time

Often, single mums come out of a

divorce

or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

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