Mums and bubs from Mandurah and surrounding areas gathered at the Greenfields Family and Community Centre on Thursday morning to have a picnic together and raise funds for Mum’s Cottage.
The meeting was part of Mandurah resident Melanie Edge’s Babes + Picnics initiative, which provides a safe space for local mums to meet up once month while raising money for a charity.
The event included a coffee van for mothers to catch up over a cuppa and games for the children to enjoy.
Meadows Springs-based wildlife education business Critters Up Close also dropped by the event, giving attendees the opportunity to touch snakes, possums, turtles and a cockatoo.
Mandurah-based Mum’s Cottage is a drop-in centre for victims of domestic violence and mothers simply needing a break.
The centre, which was the dream of Mandurah woman Kaye Seeber, opened in late 2016, and has since been providing unconditional support to women in the Peel region.
Mostly, the cottage is set up as a place for women to be able to bring their children and have a chat and feel supported by other community members in a family environment instead of an institutionalised setting.
The centre is currently looking for more volunteers to give a hand, a gardening team to revamp the backyard and regular financial contributions.
Information about the next Babes + Picnics event will be posted on their Facebook page in the lead up to next meeting.