Helping hands a treat for mums
THE role of mum is a challenging one, especially when the first child comes along and family support may not be available.
In today's society many families are dual income, which reduces the network of support once enjoyed.
Enter Mum Assist, a brilliant idea to provide support that new mothers need.
Eleana Hunter and Clair Warburton are the creators and workers in this fascinating business development. It was created out of their own experiences.
"Our children are both around one year old and both our sets of parents worked, so we had no help, and we certainly could have done with some help around the home," Ms Warburton said.
When they first started out they were focused on new mums, but they have recognised that there are other needs as the family unit grows.
"When you have your first baby it is okay, but it can get overwhelming and certainly when another little person comes along it adds a new dimension," she said.
Ms Warburton said that the business kept evolving as "we see new needs".
The main services offered include day-to-day cleaning, washing and folding laundry, doing errands or grocery shopping, event preparation and preparing meals.
The business has the slogan "We give mums a hand" and that is exactly what they do.
"Some people need a range of services while others just need some cleaning done, or meal preparation or washing clothes, and we will do as little or as much as the client needs," Ms Warburton said.
Both women have extensive education backgrounds.
Ms Hunter had been working in education for 13 years before beginning Mum Assist.
Her most recent career was spent in special education, teaching senior students work readiness and life skills through vocational education programs.
She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Education from QUT.
Ms Warburton had similarly worked in special education for nine years, with a Bachelor of Education (Special Education) from Griffith University.
While the pair admits that doing their own work and caring for their children has its moments, they just love helping other mothers.
"It is different doing it for others. We have met some lovely people. It is not like doing your own work," Ms Warburton said.
It is an affordable service and the women find that people use their baby bonus to help buy this support.
Gift vouchers are available and are a wonderful way of giving a gift that is practical and helpful.
They operate Monday to Friday from 8am-6pm.