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COVID-19: where to get the facts, where to find support – Single Mum, Parents Article

BREAKING (26/03): Here’s the latest info for single mothers who have mutual obligation requirements attached to their Centrelink payments.https://www.csmc.org.au/…/upl…/2020/03/mutualobligations.pdf BREAKING (25/06): No need to queue in line or on the phone about the coming Centrelink payment. So long as you are already on their books for Parenting Payment Single, Newstart and Family Tax Benefit, it will come to you automatically. Payments will start soon and last ones by mid April. Single mothers and COVID-19 The worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 is…

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What the Government stimulus package means for single mother families – Single Mum, Parents Article

In response to the current economic downturn triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, the Government has released an economic stimulus package that includes a one-off payment for $750 for most single mothers currently receiving benefits. Receiving a one-off payment of $750 will be of some benefit to single mothers and others receiving benefits. It will help them to purchase a few additional provisions such a supply of essential medicine and will overcome the disadvantage that they have faced in trying to…

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CSMC Vision and Mission – Council of Single Mothers and their Children – Single Mum, Parents Article

Council of Single Mother and their Children envisions a society where single mother families are valued and treated equally and fairly. We will achieve this by championing the voices and needs of single mother families, challenging structural barriers to equality, and providing services that support women parenting alone. This is only a snippet of a Single Mum Parents Article written by Jenny Davidson Read Full Parenting Article

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Give every child the chance to thrive – Single Mum, Parents Article

We’re lobbying the Victorian Government to introduce a voucher-based scheme for extracurricular activities, so every child has the opportunity to engage in sport or music. You can help by signing our petition! Extracurricular activities taught Troy that football isn’t the only ‘sport’ out there – he discovered he’s good at hip hop. They taught Astrid perfect breaststroke technique; and they’re supposed to be teaching Tom and Bec keyboard skills, if only they would stop chatting and actually practice. Extracurricular activities…

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Two things you can do to help single mothers at Christmas (that isn’t giving money!) – Single Mum, Parents Article

You’ve probably seen that we’ve launched our Christmas appeal, which is raising funds to help of single mums this Christmas. Christmas can be a difficult time for many single mothers who find themselves having to choose between a Christmas present for their kids or school supplies for the new year. It’s a devastating choice no mothers should have to be made. Donations, no matter how big or small, can make a real difference. If you are in a position to…

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CSMC’s national survey of over 1000 single mothers – Single Mum, Parents Article

We have just released the report on our national survey of single mothers, and it reveals wide-spread concern about long term financial wellbeing among single mothers, regardless of the employment status, with 90% concerned or very concerned. With over 1000 respondents – the largest ever survey of single mothers – over 70% found it difficult or very difficult to meet their general living expenses in the last 12 months, and 45% had no savings. What does this mean for these…

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Rental laws are changing – have your say! – Single Mum, Parents Article

Securing an adequate and affordable rental property can be particularly difficult for single mothers. Now, Victoria’s renting laws are set to change in a big way, with the implementation of the full suite of reforms set for 1 July 2020. The new laws have been designed to increase protections for renters, at the same time allowing landlords to still effectively manage their properties. The changes will have an impact on people living in private rentals, public housing and rooming houses,…

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Newly single? Here’s some tips for navigating the changes. – Single Mum, Parents Article

Becoming a single parent can feel like arriving with your children in a foreign country. Your kids are asking you what’s going to happen next and you just don’t know. You’re uncertain about the next step but determined to get the hang of things. Sorting out practicalities and getting things done can be a real help when you face uncertainty. It can make you feel you have more control. But it’s hard to stay on top of every little thing…

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For kids the stigma can be real – here’s some tips to deal with it – Single Mum, Parents Article

“Why doesn’t your dad ever pick you up?”, “Why is your mum at the Father’s Day breakfast?”, “Your family is weird”. Separation can be a big adjustment for kids, and it can be made more difficult when they’re having to deal with the stigma of being the child of a single mother family, also. While you’ll never be able to shield your kids entirely from the people’s biases and insensitive comments from other kids, there are steps you can take to…

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Governor pays tribute to 50 years of Council of Single Mothers and their Children – Single Mum, Parents Article

It may be 50 years since a group of single mothers decided to join forces and support other single mothers defying the social norms of the time, but according to the CEO of the Council of Single Mothers and their Children (CSMC), there is much more work to be done. Last night, at a reception at Government House hosted by the Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau AC and Mr Anthony Howard AM QC to celebrate the 50th anniversary of CSMC,…

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