Baby Basics Belfast has been partnering with Mother’s Union in Connor Diocese over the last year after meeting with the Mother’s Union diocesan president and chatting about how Mother’s Union could support Baby Basics.
After discussions with the Diocesan trustees, it was decided that each area, six in total, would provide a complete filled Moses basket. Mother Union decided to take this on as one of their projects which means all the branches could be involved.
Since then the various branches of Mother’s Union across the diocese have been busy donating items for Baby Basics, as well as buying a new, or sourcing a second-hand Moses basket and filling it with all the items required to make up a complete pack for a family in need. The branches in each of the six areas were in contact with one another so that they could support this shared initiative.
We have already received donations from several of the areas and of course, donations far exceeded the original target of filling one basket.
Karen Webb and Jill Hamilton visited Agherton Mother’s Union on Monday 18th February to inform the members about Baby Basics and the work that goes on through the Centre of Mission at the Connect Base. The ladies had all the donations from North Connor Mother’s Union ready to be picked up and also supplied us with extra items from the parish knitting group.
They were very interested in hearing some of the stories that are passed on to us through the health professionals of vulnerable families and the circumstances behind some of the financial need they find themselves in. The ladies were very glad to help, and we were delighted with such a generous response to the MU Baby Basics project. A very big thank you to all involved. Also to other areas who have already supported us. We can assure you that the donations will be put to very good use, going to families in need across Belfast city and beyond.