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Holiday Toys program

CSMC Holiday Toys program - donations needed!

Council of Single Mothers and their Children (Victoria)
13 November 2014

Help us make this magic happen
so kids aren't missing out this Christmas

'Santa' won't make it to some families this year and many single mothers will face the heartbreak and disappointment when their child wakes up on Christmas morning and finds Santa didn't come.

For more than 10 years CSMC Victoria has been there to help single mothers bring the joy of Christmas into their children's lives through our Holiday Toys program. This year CSMC is raising funds to make sure we can say yes to as many families as possible and we are asking you to help us play Santa.

Because being a single parent can sometimes be a lonely experience CSMC will also be hosting an afternoon tea with games and other cool activities for kids, giving mums the opportunity to meet equally amazing mothers and enjoy some simple fun with their family.

To help us make this magic happen and to make sure kids aren't missing out this Christmas, you can donate to our online campaign via the link Your donation doesn't have to be big; small donations can add up fast and just $5 can make a difference. $30 will make a gift a reality for one child.

If you can't make a donation you can still help by forwarding this link to as many people in your networks as you can via email, on your Facebook page and through Twitter. You can also volunteer to sort and pack toys or help out at the party. If you would like to register as a volunteer you can contact CSMC Project Worker, Kerry Davies, on 03 9654 0327 between 10:00am and 3:00pm Monday to Wednesday or email

Help ensure a merry Christmas as well as Hannukah, Ramadan, Kwanaa and Yule with gifts for all our children.

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


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.


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


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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