Money received from you goes towards running MU here in the Diocese. Some of the “big ticket” items are rent at CMS House, secretarial services, Trustee expenses, including training, conferences and travel. All MU Speakers expenses are paid for out of this which benefits branches. From this money we fund our Diocesan meeting costs, FOCUS magazine and our projects. New expenses from this pot are the extra resources we are giving to the Balsam Family Project in Didcot.
Funds here are used to provide holidays for needy families. There is a growing need for these holidays and we are grateful to the MU committee who process the applications and make suitable bookings. This is usually a week at a coastal holiday camp where there are activities for all ages. Many letters of appreciation are received from the recipients of these holidays.
MSH – NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL FUNDS
MSH General Fund
Mothers’ Union is a federation of over 600 independent Mothers’ Union charities around the world, supporting over 4 million members in 84 countries. The central charity acts as the umbrella organisation which provides co-ordination of activities and communication, ensures that the voice of members is heard on key issues, and also provides direct support to the membership within Britain and Ireland.
Mothers’ Union is a member-led organisation, and all the projects, programmes and campaigns are carried out by MU members, acting as volunteers, with a small central staff of about 40 at Mary Sumner House providing the necessary co-ordination and professional support.
Funds raised centrally enable training, support and guidance for larger-scale projects which address needs identified in a number of different countries. Such projects may involve Literacy and Financial Education, business skills, the establishment of Micro-credit groups, the Family Life Programme which focuses on health, hygiene, nutrition and agricultural training. The common thread of these larger projects is that Mothers’ Union members work with fellow members in their communities, in order to help them to help themselves – often, as in Uganda, enabling them to “soar like Eagles out of poverty”. These projects, funded by individual members and partner donors, support over 100,000 people each year. In a number of countries, the work of members is supported and nurtured by a small number of professional workers, known as Community Development Workers. There are also some Provincial Development Workers who coordinate Mothers’ Union work across a larger area. Your donations go towards the salaries of these workers.
When an emergency situation suddenly destabilises family life – either natural disaster or man-made conflict – local Mothers’ Union groups can receive a grant from the Relief Fund which helps them provide support to meet the most urgent needs facing communities. Grants are sent quickly to equip local members to respond as fast as possible to meet these needs, using local resources. By equipping members to respond right at the heart of the affected region, MU are often one of the first agencies to deliver effective relief.
Each year there are likely to be appeals with a different Focus. In 2018 it was the “Summer of Hope”, building on the legacy of Mary Sumner. Other regular appeals are “Make a Mothers’ Day”, Harvest and Christmas appeals.
A plea to all our members:
Please will individuals and branches send their donations by cheque made out to “Mothers’ Union, Diocese of Oxford” and posted to MU Office, CMS House, Watlington Road, Oxford OX4 6BZ. A donation form can be accessed here *** to specify how you wish your donation to be allocated.
At the end of the year branches should send excess branch funds to the office. Only basic running costs should be kept in your accounts. Don’t forget to include the donation form to tell us where you wish the money to go!
The Trustees of both General Funds are able to move the money they contain to any area of need, whereas money sent to the other specific funds cannot be used for any other purpose.