Tassie Mums founder, Clair Harris, is a Tasmanian ‘import’ and upon moving to Hobart (almost 3 years ago), Clair wanted to continue to volunteer. In her former home in Melbourne, Clair volunteered with St Kilda Mums as a Staging Post, accepting and sorting baby and children’s items donated by her local community and transporting them into the main warehouse.
Clair visited Volunteering Tasmania shortly after moving in an effort to find a similar organisation to volunteer with but after being unsuccessful and discussing her frustration with friends the discussion became “why don’t you start something” and so late in 2015 Tassie Mums began. Early on Clair approached her children’s local school for support and they successfully hosted a donation bin, other local schools and businesses followed and with the support of other local mothers in particular Tassie Mums began to grow.
During this early time Tassie Mums took into consideration existing services to ensure we did not compete but rather complemented and worked with them. The Child and Family Centres became Tassie Mums first beneficiary and aside from being very supportive also confirmed that a service like Tassie Mums could be viable.
To date (Jan-Oct 2019) Tassie Mums has
• Rehomed over 1,150 bundles of clothing, linen, toiletries and more
• Rehomed over 370 clothing bundles , each bundle represents one child receiving help.
• Helped 195 families
• Works to support 30 different welfare agencies
• Had donation drop points statewide and delivers bundles statewide