Frequently Asked Questions
What type of support can I access?
Is there a cost?
How do I contact you?
What Information do you need from me?
Who can refer to Mums In Need?
How quickly will you contact me after I’ve got in touch?
We are a small organisation however we will try and contact you as soon as possible. If you have requested support, a member of our team will be in touch and will send you a pre-screening consultation form which we will ask you to complete.
Please note: as of July, our waiting list for consultations is running at around 3 to 4 months. If you contact us, you will be added to our waiting list.
I’m still with my abusive partner, can I still get support?
Unfortunately, we only offer support to mothers who are no longer in a relationship with their abusive partner.
I’ve left an emotionally abusive relationship but don’t have children. Am I eligible for support from you?
We only offer support to mothers who have left emotionally abusive relationships. However, there are other charities which you can go to for help. If you are based in Sheffield, you can contact DACT (Sheffield Domestic Abuse Co-Ordination Team)
What sessions can I attend?
You are welcome to attend any sessions you feel may be of benefit to you.
Could you represent me in court?
We are not solicitors and we will not speak for you in court. We do however, offer legal support in partnership with several solicitors who are sensitive and knowledgeable about abusive relationships.
Does your legal support include support for divorce or financial settlements?
Unfortunately not. The legal support that we offer is for the family court process.
What is child maintenance and does my partner need to pay it?
Child maintenance is regular financial support towards the cost of raising your child from your ex-partner. It also helps keep both parents involved in their children’s lives. You can arrange the child maintenance agreement between yourselves or, if you can’t agree, you can try mediation or ask the Child Maintenance Service (formerly the Child Support Agency or CSA), or the courts to get involved. To learn more about child maintenance click here: https://www.gov.uk/making-child-maintenance-arrangement
Is a family-based arrangement right for me?
You arrange the child maintenance agreement between yourself and your ex-partner. This would mean having to have some form of communication with your ex-partner. To learn more about family-based arrangements click here: https://www.gov.uk/making-child-maintenance-arrangement/arrange-child-maintenance-yourself
Is a statutory arrangement right for me?
If there’s a breakdown in communications with your ex-partner – or worse – the Child Maintenance Service will work out the child maintenance amount and, if necessary, collect it and pass it on. To learn more about statutory arrangements click here: https://www.gov.uk/making-child-maintenance-arrangement/using-child-maintenance-service
Do you have a charity shop?
Unfortunately not. We used to have one, but due to lack of space and resources it is no longer feasible.
Do you take physical donations?
Unfortunately we don't. We no longer have a charity shop so we are not in a position to accept donations at this time.
If you would still like to make a donation to MIN, we are always in need of cash donations and would be extremely grateful.
Do you have paid staff?
Mums In Need have recently been in a fortunate position to recruit some more paid staff. We currently have one full time CEO, and 5 part time staff. Find out more about our team here.
Do you have volunteers working with you?
Mums In Need relies heavily on the help of volunteers. Without their support, we would not be able to keep supporting our mums.
We are very privileged to have 6 volunteers working directly with us on a long term basis. Each year we also have volunteers who are with us temporarily on student placements.
We also have support from volunteers from the Lived Experience Leadership programme, who help us with our social media.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Mums In Need, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if we have any upcoming roles.