Mums – it’s time to focus on you!

With all the rush of school pick-ups, sports, activities and home life, it’s easy for Mums to find self-care slipping to the bottom of our to-do list. According to a survey conducted by Healthy Women, 78% of mothers report neglecting to take care of their own needs because they’re too busy looking after their loved ones. Even the family dog was listed as a higher priority than our own mental health and wellbeing!

Caring for yourself isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. The more we can meet our own needs and reduce our stress, the more present we can be for our children and our families- it’s a win/win!

Cire’s Chirnside Park Community Hub is excited to be partnering with Flic Manning of Corethentic to offer a Women’s Wellness program for local Mums. This program will run every Wednesday morning from 9th October to 30th October and will cover self-care, wellness and the ‘’CALM’’ technique as well as offering gentle, guided meditation.

Flic has over 30 years of experience in health and wellness. She is a Neuroplastician and Meditation Guide, Personal Trainer and a Wellness Coach as well as a popular public speaker.

We’ll be running a free taster session on Wednesday 25th September and we invite you to join us for discussion, education and relaxation in a supportive and non-judgmental space. It’s time to put an end to the dreaded Mum guilt and start embracing your own self-care!

For those with little ones who aren’t in kinder or school, Cire’s Chirnside Park Community Hub offer occasional care, which is eligible for the child-care subsidy. Please feel free to contact us for further information or to enrol in a session!

For further information on our free taster session and the opportunity to meet other local mums click here.

For further information on Flic and Corethentic you can check out her website here.

Pram Walkers – be active and meet new people

Social connection and healthy lifestyles are promoted through Cire Community House’s Pram Walkers group. Pram Walkers is a new activity for Upper Yarra parents to join, which will improve health and fitness, get parents out of the house and into fresh air and provide them with opportunities to meet other community members.

Facilitated by Kate Downward of Fresh Air Health and Fitness, Pram Walkers is a walking group for parents with young children who meet once a week. Through her fitness group, Kate is “dedicated to helping women get fitter and stronger” and providing an opportunity for children to see their parents as healthy role models. As a mother of two, Kate takes this approach with her to Pram Walkers, promoting exercise and healthy lifestyles while understanding the happenings of parenthood.

Pram Walkers is a great way to introduce exercise to busy parents’ lives, as it gives the opportunity for healthy exercise while linking parents to others within their area, creating networks and allowing the possibility for friendships to develop. The group is targeted to parents with children ranging from newborn to preschool age. Parents can bring a pram or a carrier sling to transport their children.

Pram Walkers can provide parents with benefits such as improved physical and mental health through exercise, social support from peers, time to enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the Upper Yarra Valley and the support of an experienced walking facilitator.

What to bring: a pram or a sling to carry children in, water for you and your child, comfortable clothing and walking shoes and sunscreen and a hat in the hotter weather for yourself and your children.

Simone Whitehead – Cire Community House Coordinator

Pram Walkers is held every Wednesday at 9.30am. Participation is by gold coin donation. No booking is necessary. Pram Walkers is currently meeting outside Cire Community House (2463 Warburton Hwy, Yarra Junction), but will be changing locations further into the year to continue exploring the wonderful area we live in. To keep up to date with meeting locations, please follow Cire Services Facebook page and look out for Pram Walkers posts every Tuesday. Alternatively, you can contact Simone at Cire Community House to find out meeting locations or for further information about this group.

Cire Community House has lots of exciting activities planned for 2018. Keep an eye out for our Community House Term One Guide, which will include a range of courses, groups and events.