Following a fantastic response from past members last month, who gathered at the YCW HQ to discuss how they can support the movement, the group came back together to update the National Team on their progress.
Work had been carried out in various sub-groups to look at finance and fundraising, communications and support for existing groups/creating new ones. These discussions are in an early stage and we are hoping to support it by drawing in more past members who may be interested and available.
This doesn’t have to mean meeting in person, it could be as simple as passing on contacts, writing/looking over a funding applications, advocating in parishes and schools for groups, and much more. Anyone interested can contact the HQ for more information, using the details on our website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
By meeting up again it was also an opportunity to share with past members some of the latest work being done by the National Team and YCW/IMPACT groups across the country. This included the latest information around the MIND! The Gap national campaign on young people and mental health and the development of our YCW Leadership Programme, which is being launched soon.
Marc Besford, National Training and Development Worker, who hosted the past members said: “We are really fortunate to have so many enthusiastic and experienced past members who are willing to share their thoughts and ideas with us, but also give up their time for the movement.
We already rely on many past members to act as adult companions, who volunteer their time to accompany groups across the country, so to receive even more support is incredibly helpful. We aim to share more about this network through our monthly newsletter, social media and word of mouth, so please keep an eye out and share the information as far as you can!”