The Mothers' Union is a Christian organisation with more than 3.6 million members in 78 countries. The backbone of the Mothers' Union is their worldwide network of grassroots volunteers. Whatever individual backgrounds, members are united in their commitment to supporting marriage and family life. Mothers' Union also employs over 300 paid workers around the world. These are women drawn from local dioceses, so they speak the language, understand the culture and customs and have first-hand experience of the problems their neighbours face. Mothers' Union workers provide vital leadership in their communities. They enable people to gain essential skills, develop and encourage sustainable self-help projects and run training seminars for local Mothers' Union members and the wider community. Workers also run the Literacy and Development Programme in Malawi, Sudan and Burundi. This programme enables learners to become literate and numerate as well as gaining skills in health, hygiene, HIV/AIDS and poverty alleviation.
Mothers' Union is also involved in campaigning and lobbying on a number of worldwide issues such as parental rights, international debt relief and child poverty. We are happy to be working in partnership with various organisations, including the United Nations and other ecumenical groups. Do read about us and our campaigns and policy work on our website at www.themothersunion.org.
The St Mary's branch of the Mothers' Union was started in 1904 and today there are 45 members who support various projects around the world. Our monthly meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 1.45pm in Church House. We have speakers who attend to talk on a variety of subjects. We welcome new members (and you don't need to be a mother, married, or even a woman to attend - the Chief Executive of the Mothers' Union is a man!), so for more information please contact Doris Ridgewell on 01992 630174.