Moving Up Moving On (MUMO)
Moving Up Moving On (MUMO) started in 2016 and works in partnership with Springfield Primary School and St. Clare’s Primary School to provide support services for children and parents.
MUMO services are mostly cross community and include:
- Programmes supporting parents and children such as Families Connect which aims to increase parent’s skills and confidence in supporting their child’s learning, focusing on emotional development; literacy and numeracy
- Annual Summer Scheme: a cross community Summer Scheme for up to 60 children from the two schools
- Family Matters: a monthly session where parents and children from the two schools do an activity and eat together
- Regular after-school’s activities such as sport and cooking
- A weekly women’s group for parents/carers/grandparents from the two schools: participants engage in a wide variety of activities such as cooking; health awareness or sewing
- Formal and informal education and training e.g. Five Steps to Wellbeing (OCN level two)
- Exercise classes – pilates; aerobics; zumba
- Regular health taster promotion events – Give it a Go
- A transition programme, offering workshops for children in P7 to prepare them for moving from primary to post primary education.
Children Support Workers
MUMO employs two children’s support workers, with one based in each school. They can work one on one with children, or with small groups of children. Both are trained in lego therapy and use this is a key resource. Some of the activities include:
- Lunchtime nurture groups
- Literacy and numeracy support
- Lego therapy sessions
MUMO family engagement workers provide one to one parenting support to parents who request it. They also provide small, focused group support and organise a programme of activity for parents.
Thorough a partnership with RelateNI, MUMO delivers a counselling programme in the two schools for children who need counselling support. Support is also available for parents, making the service as holistic as possible, basing the counselling service on the principle that whole family support is the most effective.
In response to the return to schools after closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, MUMO paid for full time counsellors in each school for two weeks to support returning children and teachers who had all been out of full-time education for almost six months. MUMO was able to respond in an effective and innovative way, thanks to funding from the National Lottery’s Covid Emergency Fund.
MUMO staff attend nurture meetings in St. Clare’s and pastoral care meetings in both schools. These are multidisciplinary meetings where the best options for support for vulnerable families are explored. MUMO staff can provide important insights into issues parents may be facing.
MUMO is passionate about providing meaningful opportunities for children and families to develop and strengthen relationships and increase motivation, confidence and aspirations.
MUMO has four outcomes:
- Children make a positive transition from nursery to primary school, through primary school and from primary into post-primary school. Children approach learning with a positive, confident and enthusiastic outlook
- Families will be engaged with education and learning and will have developed educational aspirations and goals
- Improved relationships between school, family and community with an increased engagement of families in education and learning
- Emotional wellbeing will be raised/improved due to the provision and support provided to families and individuals, including access to specialist counselling.
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MUMO is managed through a project steering group (MUMO Advisory Parents Group) which consists of parents/grandparents/carers from the two schools. This group meets every term to review activities and plan ahead for the coming term.
There is also a partnership group consisting of head teachers and deputy heads from the two schools, a Forthspring board member, Forthspring director and a representative from RelateNI. This group meets on a bimonthly basis and discusses activities suggested by the advisory group and issues in the schools which MUMO might be able to help with.
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If you would like to get involved or have a question about the MUMO project you can get in touch by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUMO has been funded with support from the National Lottery Community Fund since it started.