Working Association of Mothers newsletters

Scope and Content

Working Association of Mothers (WAM) Newsletter Committee meetings

Jul 1969 - Mentions newly elected committee members. Discussed the creation of a new playgroup in Teddington, after the supervisors of an existing playgroup in Teddington, approached WAM, with a proposal to work together.Also discussed bulk buying and baby sitting.

Summer 1970 - discussed problem of finding premises for the Summer Holiday playschemes, the early success of the job agency for mothers seeking part time work.Also reports on other affiliated groups in Nottingham and Peachaven in Sussex. The Nottingham group decided to take the name 'Outlook'. It also mentions the WAM pubication about how to organise and run a playgroup, maternity rights, book reviews, dental care for children and the benefit of joining the Worker's Educational Alliance (WEA)

Winter 1970-1971 - mentions the possibility of a grant, to set up a central office and new branches.Reports form new branches in Wanstead, Billericay, Hillingdon, Nottingham, Colchester, Brighton, Peacehaven and Stawberry Hill. Mentions Funwam, the play scheme has been organised for the Christmas holidays.Also debate about the need for better play facilities in the Richmond area

Apr 1971 - talks about the successes of WAM in the Richmond area - a playgroup, a holiday centre, careers information and a theatre centre for children on Saturday mornings. Also includes a progress report about Funwam, the playcentre.

Sep 1971 - mentions Funwam and the creation of a pressure group called Playspace in Richmond, which has been created to look at the availiablity of open spaces and play equipment for children in the borough.Also announces the resignation of Diana Priestley, as the Chair of WAM, giving the need to find paid work as a reason and the folding of the WAM part time employment agency

Nov 1971- mentions Playspace research being conducted by Diana Priestley, a new baysitting group called Easymind and a report from the national Conference of WAM National.

Mar 1972 - Report about FUNWAM during the Easter holidays.

May 1973 - report on the progress of the different groups within WAM.