Mothers Union Project Work in the Diocese of Newcastle

MU members contribute through their subscriptions to life-giving projects nationally and internationally. These include Literacy Programmes, Prison work, Refuges for victims of domestic violence, Support for refugees, Community Development and Skills Programmes, Schools support for poor families and Business classes to equip women to make a living.
MU works with United Nations to campaign against Gender-based violence and other injustices.

Members and friends of MU in Newcastle Diocese also support many local people in need through a variety of initiatives. As a charity we are not able to give funds to other charities or initiatives, but we can provide practical support and much needed provisions. If you can help in any way, or have helpful ideas, please contact your local MU branch leader, or contact the MU Action & Outreach Co-ordinator: Revd Diana Macnaughton: Tel  or Email

Some local initiatives supported by MU members in recent years
People’s Kitchen. MU members make up Christmas gift bags of warm clothing and toiletries for the People’s kitchen to distribute to homeless women and men at Christmas.
Changing Lives. Runs a GAP hostel (Girls Are Proud) for vulnerable young women. MU donates gifts bags at Christmas time.
Ukranian and Syrian refugees. Young mothers arrive with little warm clothing. MU lends support with warm clothes, boxes of essentials for new-born babies and food hampers.
Cathedral Link. Members are knitting Baptism shawls for the Cathedral to give to refugee families. MU is also designing and making kneelers for the Chapel of the Ascension, and have knitted twenty ‘M-Ewes’ for their story-telling groups during St Oswald’s Hospice ‘Shaun the Sheep’ campaign.

Walking With supports asylum seekers. MU has donated bedding, toiletries, clothes, & toys.
Refuges. MU branches support several local refuges. Families arrive with very few personal possessions and MU helps to provide underwear, sleepwear and toiletries. Christmas lunch has been provided for some. Also help towards a sensory room for traumatised children.
Fresh Start. Many ex-offenders are without homes to go to when they are released from HM Prison Northumberland. MU members provide them with a back-pack of essential items such as toiletries, underwear, T shirt, warm joggers and fleece, hat and gloves.
Fishermen's Mission North Shields. MU provides items such as hats, wellies and gloves.
AFIA (Away From It All). MU in Newcastle organise caravan holidays for families who are unable to afford a life-giving break away. These are greatly valued.
Hospital Emergency Bags are provided across the region with overnight essentials for those who arrive with nothing.
Green Canopy. MU planted a tree at Howick Hall to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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