• Good news for all members of the Liverpool Archdiocesan Union of Catholic Mothers: Mrs Margaret McDonald from St Paul's, West Derby has been elected national president and will succeed Mrs Val Ward in May 2018.
Margaret has been a UCM member for over 30 years during which she has served in many foundational, diocesan and national positions, as well as being a talented member of St Paul's concert party. We are delighted that Margaret will be representing UCM throughout the country. We wish her every success and will be praying for her.
• On Tuesday 26 September I represented UCM at a talk on 'Living with welfare reform' at the Archdiocese's LACE centre. We heard about the difficulties facing people affected by the latest reforms. How can people balance the books when it comes to feeding a family or paying rent? How have food banks become commonplace? Limited resources can cause family breakdown, and it is often women who carry the heaviest burden in these circumstances.
Also discussed was a project called 'Feeding Liverpool' – set up by the multi-faith group Churches Together and Liverpool City Council's food poverty strategy group – one of whose aims is to raise public awareness of the extent of food poverty, and the damaging effect of austerity measures on welfare provision. If you would like further information, go to www.liverpool.anglican.org/Feeding-Liverpool-A-Pilot-Project-of-Feeding-Britain.
As many UCM members organise, help out and contribute to food banks, the UCM Committee has decided to enrol us as a member of 'Feeding Liverpool' in order to be more informed about the situation.
• Finally, it was good to see everybody that came to the bi-monthly Mass at St Anne's, Ormskirk on Wednesday 8 November. Your presence was much appreciated.