Away From It All (AFIA) is a Mothers’ Union holiday scheme, primarily funded by Mothers’ Union members, to help people who are experiencing stress in their family life. Mothers’ Union normally helps with part of the cost of a holiday or with travel expenses, but sometimes can pay for the whole trip. The funds are limited but we will always help as much as we can.
Those hoping to have a holiday don’t have to be a member of a church or organisation and can apply for themselves or recommend someone else for a holiday. The holidays take many different forms. Some are specially organised family short breaks or AFIA can also support such activities as a school tour or a Confirmation Retreat.
The service is confidential and discreet with referrals coming from Clergy or other Professionals. If you know someone who could benefit from this service, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if AFIA is offered in your diocese. AFIA is available in our United Diocese with application forms available from:
The Diocesan Resource Centre,
(Letters should be marked "AFIA -Private & Confidential)
(Please note: referrals must come through Clergy or other Professionals such as a School Principal)
Ollie The Octopus
Mothers' Union Knitting Projects
Knitting Projects are supported by many Branches and some of the following items are produced by members:
Matinee Jackets and hats for premature babies.
Hats and scarves for the homeless
Ollie the Octopus
Click on the pictures on your left to access some of the patterns
Mothers' Union Literacy Programme
& Feed the Minds
Cashel, Ferns & Ossory Diocese has a long history of looking beyond itself to partner with others in need of support. In 2016 and 2017 this partnership will once again be forged, to provide literacy and livelihoods training through the Mothers’ Union in Ethiopia and through Feed the Minds in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Literacy is a foundation stone of poverty alleviation.
Mothers’ Union literacy groups across East and Central Africa have seen 160,000 people benefit in Burundi, Malawi, Sudan and South Sudan since 2000. The Programme in Ethiopia is seeing similar success and needs support to expand to both local villages and refugee camps.
Feed the Minds literacy classes are designed for implementation in conflict zones and are now being tailored to the specific needs of the Democratic Republic of Congo where sexual violence and shame are preventing many women from taking part in their public classes. Members will then join soap making cooperatives.
This year Bishop Michael Burrows embarked on his Route 66 to raise funds for both the Mothers' Union Literacy Funds and Feed the Minds.
Bishop Michael Burrows is pictured with
Phyllis Grothier (All-Ireland President) &
Revd. Margaret Sykes (Diocesan President)
at the launch of Route 66
MU Enterprise Stall
For many years in the United Diocese Lilia Harper & Cecily Jones were the faces behind the MU Enterprise stall bringing their array of cards, literature, gifts etc. to different MU events and Diocesan Synod. Lilia and Cecily stepped down from this role in early 2017 and we are very grateful that Phyllis Foot has agreed to take over the running of this stall.
It is hoped that someone will come forward to assist Phyllis with this role as the United Diocese covers such a large area.
Bye Buy Childhood
Exploiting children for profit is wrong
Mothers' Union in Ireland launched their Bye Buy Childhood Postcard campaign at their All-Ireland Leadership Conference on 5th March 2011.
The Mothers' Union Bye Buy Campaign was initiated by the concern expressed by parents' of their experience of the pressures of commercialisation on family life and that marketing with sexualised content is too easily accessible.
Moving Forward with the Campaign
The Marketing Department have prepared 20,000 postcards to lobby OfCom (UK) and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland if they feel a programme is unsuitable for viewing by children and teenagers and that it should not be shown before the 9.00pm watershed.
We would encourage you to look at the programmes and advertisements through the eyes of a child. Then ask yourself the question - Would the content make you behave in the way portrayed? If the answer is yes, send a postcard available from the All- Ireland Office Telephone 00353 1 8735075 or email@example.com follow these links to OfCom and Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
The postcards are available to and can be used by everyone and anyone. The Mothers' Union do not want the flame of this campaign to go out.