Members of the YCW National Team visited the Urmston YCW Group last month to catch up with the young leaders there and welcome in a new group executive.
Outgoing President, Joe, is moving off to University and Anna has been elected to replace him.
After the rest of the positions were decided, the group looked at social needs through the SEE-JUDGE-ACT method and focused specifically on youth homelessness. Locally, nearly 2000 young people aged 16-24 were recorded as having received housing and/or homelessness support between 2016 and 2017.
The Group have previously attended a talk on housing and Catholic Social Teaching, in order to deepen their understanding of the issue and how our faith can inspire us to respond.
The Church’s teachings remind us that housing is not a valueless system but a core part of what it means to live a dignified human life. Having adequate shelter is a basic human right; a right that the Church affirms as a key part of respecting and recognising our personhood. Ensuring everyone is able to access a safe, stable and adequate home is one part of working for the common good.
Marc Besford, National Training and Development Worker, who gave an update on the latest ACT stage of the MIND! The Gap campaign, welcomed the progress of the Group saying: “It is always great to see our young leaders thriving and developing their Christian leadership skills. I’d like to thank Joe for his work as President and wish him luck at University, I know that Anna and the rest of the Group will continue to build upon the amazing work here in Urmston.”