Val Ruyters said she and a small team of women put on monthly morning teas for the mums and chaplains at schools in the area.
“It provides a safe place for mums to meet over a cuppa and make new friends,” Val said.
Morning teas are currently held at Drayton State School and Gabbinbar State School, and Val hopes they will be able to expand into other areas but they need more volunteers.
The most recent morning tea at Gabbinbar was an opportunity to farewell their chaplain.
Outgoing Gabbinbar State School chaplain Carmen Wallmsley said she came into chaplaincy with a holistic approach and said the morning teas have been a way to support parents as well as kids.
“It becomes a story of how we as a school can support a family,” she said. “It’s mornings like this that make you think ‘this is worth it’.”
The mums at the morning tea said they appreciate the impact Carmen has had on the community.
Mother-of-two Kate Carey said she likes the way chaplaincy can help support kids without preaching at them, and said Carmen brings fun to the classroom.
“The kids run from the car if she’s standing at the crossing.”
Mother-of-two Robyn Page said Carmen has always made an effort to get to know the kids.
“She knows them all,” Mrs Page said.
Carmen said she has enjoyed seeing the impact of chaplaincy through programs like SHINE which helps girls understand their worth and value.
“Some of the mums have said they’ve never seen their daughters so alive,” she said.