Everywoman Local Initiatives


SMS Lighthouse, Single Mums Support was founded by Josie Parata.

As a single mother of four, Josie recognised that when she started walking life as a single parent there was not a lot of support. There was limited assistance available with administration and paperwork for Centrelink, Department of Housing and legals. There was not one place she could go to where she was informed of what she was entitled to and how to ascertain the necessary information.

Josie's personal experience led her to set up SMS Lighthouse, Single Mums Support.  Josie now has an Advanced Diploma of Community Services in Case Management and personally walks hand in hand with other single mums in crisis.

Her ultimate goal is to support mums to reach a place where they too are confident and equipped, to also walk hand in hand with someone less fortunate than themselves.

Since launching SMS Lighthouse, Single Mums Support in November 2009, there are now numerous amazing single mums who have stepped out of the victim mentality.  These women are now well on their way to living their best lives as strong and confident mothers and women doing the best they can for their children.

Josie was awarded Warringah Council’s highest honour, Citizen of the Year, in 2012. This year she was also a finalist for the NSW Women of the Year in the Community Hero Category.

SMS Lighthouse, Single Mums Support is about honest heart felt support.


  • Administration assistance with paperwork for Centrelink, Department of Housing, Legal Aid etc.
  • Mediation and advocacy
  • Hand in hand support for Court attendances, Tribunals, Housing, Relationships Australia etc.

Practical Needs:

  • Clothing and household items donated by Big W, Bella Vista
  • Fresh bread on Tuesday, donated by Bakers Delight in The Grand, Dee Why
  • Second hand furniture donated by the community


By Sponsoring a Mum or by making a one off donation to SMS