Entries by Jonathan

How to provide the RIGHT help to someone doing it tough

When someone we know is going through a tough time, it is a natural response to want to offer some help. Many of us show our desire to help by giving flowers or cooking a meal. And while these offers of support come from a place of love… there are also many other practical ways […]

Why new parents need our help

I am a Midwife at a large private hospital. I see families who are overwhelmed by their new situation everyday. Most parents struggle with the huge change that comes with a new baby. It is a big enough change when everything goes well, but sometimes things don’t go as planned. Babies can arrive early. Mother’s […]

Reaching out for help saved my life …

I met Angelo* while working at a hospital in Brisbane. We met because his young son Billy* had been born with serious health, intellectual and developmental issues. Now 5 years old, Billy was a very sick little boy. He could not move, eat or breathe without help and required around the clock care – which […]

7 tips on asking for help…

1. Start with understanding all of the help you really need. When times get tough, it is often the build up of small things that can tip us over the edge. While this feels awful at the time – it also means that asking for small acts of help can have a BIG impact. So […]

…but what does the family really need?

Kayla’s husband died suddenly leaving her a single Mum of 3 teenage boys. It happened in June – and her eldest boys were in Year 12 and Year 10 at the time. Kayla’s biggest concern was finding ways to keep the boys lives as ‘normal’ as possible despite the loss of their father and the […]

Instead of dropping off a meal… try this.

At the local primary school my children attended, we were quick to rally around and support families in need. We became experts at baking cakes,  lasagnes and casseroles. And prided ourselves on our collective ability to support a family by providing their evening meal for a full term if needed. Our school community was so […]

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