Search:



Baby bundles help young mums

Posted: 11am 06 May 2020

Made and packed with love from a warehouse in Brendale, midwife Melissa Redsell’s ‘baby bundles’ care packages for teen mums have been in high demand and she’s struggled to keep up – until now.

The charity, A Brave Life, recently received a $7,674 cheque, personally delivered by Mayor Peter Flannery, thanks to Moreton Bay Regional Council’s hardship and assistance grants.

“This money will allow A Brave Life to buy, package and deliver 200 more ‘baby bundles’ at a time when essential supplies like nappies and wipes can hard to find at the shops,” Mayor Flannery explains.

“Seeing firsthand the demand that A Brave Life are currently trying to supply, it was immediately clear to me that they absolutely need and deserve this financial assistance. It’s local charities and community groups like this that I won’t allow to be forgotten in the broader economic recovery of our region, as we chart a path forward through the weeks and months ahead.

“I was honestly humbled to meet such amazing women giving so much of their personal time to help others through this crisis, their commitment to empowering and supporting young women is amazing.”

Help is available

“I’d encourage all charities and volunteer groups to get online and check out Council’s initial $15 million stimulus package, because there’s $5 million worth of grants there that you’re eligible to apply for,” Mayor Flannery says.

The council has streamlined its application processes to approve grants faster, so community groups receive funding as soon as possible.

About A Brave Life

The organisation was founded in 2015 and is a registered not-for-profit charity providing a person-centred, positive approach with achievable outcomes to meet the practical needs of young women from a physical, emotional and educational perspective.

Founding Director and CEO Melissa Redsell says no mother should be without the essentials for her newborn baby.

“Our baby bundles are designed for a young mother to turn up to hospital with all the immediate essentials that she needs for her baby,” Melissa explains.

“At A Brave Life, we believe in gifting good quality and safe baby products to teenage and young mothers. Each baby bundle is filled with brand new, newborn items such as nappies, wipes, baby wash, feeding equipment and newborn clothing.”

Spike in demand

“Unfortunately due to COVID-19, self-isolation, social distancing and low stocks of newborn products, we have seen a massive increase in the demand for our baby bundles, so this funding will allow us to purchase essential items and gift them to mums-to-be via maternity social work departments, young parent programs and community centres across the Moreton Bay Region,” Melissa says.

“I believe that through our baby bundle program we are able to foster a greater sense of belonging and connection with teenage and young mothers by letting them know that there are people in the community who support and champion them on, whilst also relieving some of their financial pressure.”

For more information and to apply for the grants, visit the website

Want more council news and updates? Head to our blog

#moretonbaytough

Share

Trending

Join in the Christmas fun at Griffin

Christmas fun starts in Griffin with the annual Santa Run on November 20 and culminates in the Griffin Christmas Carnival a week later. We preview the events…

Bursary boost for students

Sitting outside North Lakes Library talking about becoming a doctor, you would never think North Lakes College year 12 student Sophie Khatib has a strong understanding of gender inequality.…

More you might like:

Trending

Local News   •   20-5-2022  •   Kylie Knight

Workshop to empower women

BPW North Lakes is hosting a Women’s Empowerment Workshop next month with five expert speakers covering five empowering topics. Find out more…

Local News   •   19-5-2022  •   Nick Crockford

World's top teams check out region's new $22 million centre

Moreton Bay Region may be home for some of the world’s top football teams during next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup next year.…

Local News   •   19-5-2022  •   Kylie Knight

Dolphins link with Hunters from 2023

The SP PNG Hunters have announced a strategic pathways partnership with the Dolphins NRL franchise that will give four Papua New Guinean players the chance to take part in a full NRL pre-season…

Local News   •   19-5-2022  •   Ashleigh Howarth

QCWA ladies ready to celebrate centenary in style

Preparations are underway for a formal ball to be held in Moreton Bay to celebrate the centenary of the Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA). Find out how you can book your tickets here …

Local News   •   19-5-2022  •   Jodie Powell

Suttons Beach survey results released

More than 2000 people completed a survey about the future of Suttons Beach Park and its pavilions. Here’s what they had to say…

Local News   •   19-5-2022  •   Nick Crockford

New $500m development planned for Morayfield

Plans have been unveiled for 2500 new homes in a major residential development in Morayfield.…

Close