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Become a member

Together we are stronger! If you are a single mother, or an organisation, policy maker, researcher or other ally, and are interested in achieving the changes that enable single mother families to live full lives, please join us.

CSMC has over 2,500 members from around Australia. Single mothers join for free. There is a modest joining fee for the supportive individuals and organisations that support single mothers and the work of CSMC.

There are benefits for everyone who joins. We use our strength in numbers to better tell the stories that matter and to genuinely represent the diverse voice and needs of single mothers and their children. As a small organisation with limited funding, having associate and organisational members helps us to deliver services to single mother families, to make better referrals, and to collaborate to achieve the best possible outcomes

Click here to fill out our membership form

Single mothers
Single mothers join for free as ‘Ordinary Members’. You will receive our biannual printed newsletter and regular e-newsletters. These have stories of single mother families, information about services and where you can go for help, and details about changes you might need to know. There are also some opportunities to meet other single mother families and information about how to be involved with research of interest to single mothers. If you want to vote you will be able to and will be eligible for election to the CSMC Board. Members who are interested in being actively involved with the work we do can participate in a number of ways.

Single mothers who are able to and wish to pay an annual fee to support our work, are invited to make a donation via their membership form.

Supportive individuals
Children of single mothers, family members and others who support the work of CSMC can apply to become Associate Members of CSMC. Associate Members also receive printed and email newsletters are able to attend the Annual General Meeting although with no voting rights. Associate Members cannot be nominated to the Board but are welcome and encouraged to participate in subcommittees and working groups.

The annual membership fee of $22 includes subscription to printed and email newsletters, information about relevant research and publications, and notice of events, forums, workshops and conferences.

Organisations
Organisations who provide services to single mothers or support the aims and objectives of CSMC can apply to become Organisational Members of CSMC. The fee is $55 per year and includes subscription to print and email newsletters, information about the latest research and publications, and notice of relevant forums, workshops and conferences. Member organisations are also able to develop cooperative referral and information exchange programs with CSMC to the mutual benefit of the people we serve.

Copies of our publications are available by request or by downloading from our publications page.

Support our work
Every day single mother families are rebuilding after violence relationships, seeking economic security and safe housing, and doing all they can to best provide for their children.

Your donation to the Council of Single Mothers and their Children enhances our practical support for single mother families and our advocacy for social, economic and legal equality.

Each year, we receive more requests for financial aid than we can accommodate from families in need of help. This can be for basic necessities like food, or unexpected bills, back to school costs and housing. Donated funds also support our program costs, special projects and campaigns.

Your donation provides vital support to some of Australia’s most vulnerable families.

Donated amounts of $2 and over are tax deductible. The Council of Single Mothers and their Children Victoria Incorporated, is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient (Item 1) with charity tax concessions.

There are a number of ways you can support our work:

One off donations
A donation of any amount will assist us to deliver better support to single mothers and their children.

• $70 enables a single mother to buy a week’s groceries for herself and her two children when her situation becomes really tough
• $110 pays for back to school supplies for a secondary school student in a single mother family
• $300 funds a single mother family to move into new housing, paying for rent, bond or removalists

Click through to our secure PayPal donation portal or contact us for other ways to donate

Regular – Be a Believer!
Regular donations provide us with reliable income that enable long-term planning and strategic work towards a society where single mother families are valued and treated equally and fairly.

The Believers is our group of dedicated regular donors who have made the commitment to support single mother families in the long term.

• $20 per month ensures our Support Line is staffed from 9.30am to 3pm on a weekday
• $50 per month supports the production of our Scarlet Letter newsletter packed with vital information for single mother families
• $100 per month funds projects that break down the social isolation single mothers encounter

Reoccurring donations are deducted from your nominated credit card or back account each month; the first payment will be processed immediately and the next will occur in exactly one month. Your donations will continue until you request to stop them or your credit card expires.

Make a bequest
You can nominate to leave a gift to the Council of Single Mothers and their Children Vic in your will. The process to do so is quite simple, although it does require having a will, or updating it if you have one already. We can provide the correct wording for making a bequest. Email csmc@csmc.org.au to find out more.

Fundraising for us
You can mobile your own network to support single mother families. Do a fun run, climb a mountain or host a meal. You can even request to have donations made to us instead of receiving birthday presents, if you feel that you already have enough stuff. Just contact us at csmc@csmc.org.au to find out how.

 

Positions with us

Employment
We do not currently have any employment opportunities available at CSMC.

Volunteer
Volunteers enable to us increase the work that we can achieve with our small team. Volunteers must be or have been a single mother.*

*CSMC has an exemption under section 28 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010

Office
Regular volunteers are needed to assist us in the office to undertake administration and policy work. Office hours are 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday and our office is located in Melbourne’s CBD. To apply, email csmc@csmc.org.au

Board
The CSMC Board is made up of volunteers, all of whom are Ordinary Members and are or have been a single mother.

All Board members must have a strong alignment with feminist principles, a commitment to gender equality and passion for achieving a fair and equitable future for single mothers and their children.

We require a range of skills on our Board including knowledge of community organisation management, programs and/or fundraising; legal, financial management or HR expertise; and an understanding of the policy context in which we operate.

Board members are generally voted in annually at the AGM for a period of 2 years. The commitment is 6 hours per month including monthly meetings held in the evening at our offices, located in Melbourne’s CBD.

To find out more, email csmc@csmc.org.au

Action groups
A CSMC Action Group was started in 2006 as a way for CSMC members to be involved in lobbying work on issues about which they felt passionate. Today, Action Groups are formed around specific issues and work in ways that suit interested members, which may be meetings, a Facebook group, or via email and telephone meetings. Experienced volunteers or staff work with the groups.

Each group undertakes action based on the CSMC position on an issue, such as writing letters to politicians, organising forums, or a social media campaign.

The work is often sporadic and so the commitment required is less than office volunteering or joining the Board, and does not require attending the office. The best way to get involved is to let us know you are interested and the particular issues you are keen to be involved in changing.

Helpful skills are writing and researching, experience in lobbying and advocacy, and/or an interest in and knowledge of the policy context in which single mothers in Australia are functioning.

All Action Group members must be members of CSMC and be or have been a single mother.

Student placements
We are happy to discuss student placements with single mothers who are undertaking studies towards certificates, diplomas or degrees in Social Work, Community Development, Community Services, Communications or policy development. Each placement needs to be designed to meet the requirements of the student and CSMC, and to fit within our limited capacity as a small organisation.

Students interested in discussing a placement should email csmc@csmc.org.au