For five years, not-for-profit crisis pregnancy support service The Babes Project has been here for vulnerable women across the Peninsula and Melbourne’s southeast. Now the passionate organisation is appealing to its community to ensure its vital services continue for countless women doing it tough. The Babes Project’s Save Frankston appeal aims to raise $100,000 by Mother’s Day to ensure that local women can get the support they need to thrive in motherhood.
Founded in Melbourne in 2009, The Babes Project supports, educates and empowers new mothers through its free perinatal program delivered across pregnancy and the first crucial year of a baby’s life. With a safe and welcoming crisis pregnancy support centre at 9 O’Grady Ave in Frankston since 2016, The Babes Project fundraiser will ensure it continues to grow to ensure every woman can access the help she needs. If the program wasn’t available in Frankston, thousands of pregnant women and new mums would have no local alternatives for holistic perinatal support.
The Babes Project founder and CEO Helen Parker said: “We launched our Frankston centre because we saw a need for young families in this community and a vision of better futures where new mothers were supported, prepared and empowered for motherhood. So many generous people across Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula have helped us start that work, and that has transformed lives for women in our program. But right now our work is needed more than ever as the past year has left young families more isolated, struggling more with mental health issues, and needing more support to survive now so they can thrive in their futures. More than 3000 babies are born every year across Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula, and The Babes Project wants every one of those mothers to know she is valued, she is the whole world to her baby, and that she can get the support she needs to thrive.”
Visit https://savebabesfrankston.gofundraise.com.au/ to support the campaign, and follow @thebabesproject on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to help support its vital work.