I was delighted to welcome our local MP, Mark Prisk, to the YMCA on Friday 11 March 2016. Mark has always been very supportive of our work and this was his third visit since becoming MP for Hertford and Stortford in 2001.
During the tour of our 4 Northgate End premises in Bishop’s Stortford, he was able to meet with staff and residents and hear about the very detrimental effects of homelessness and the increasing mental health issues being faced by many of the vulnerable young men and women we support.
Key to the visit was spending time with two of our residents and hearing first-hand what it’s like to live at the YMCA. Mark listened to the challenges of community living and the diverse pressures facing young people today. However, he also heard of the opportunities to truly belong, contribute, thrive and successfully move-on from the YMCA into independent living in the local community.
As East Herts YMCA is in the process of developing a new Strategic Plan for 2016-21, the Chair of our Strategic Development Committee, Richard Morris, was on hand to introduce the strong governance aspects that we apply to all our work. Mark then provided insights to his work and provided useful advice regarding housing (being well placed as former Minister of State for Housing and Local Government!) as well as our on-going partnership with East Herts Council.
Before the end of the visit Mark kindly agreed to say a few words:
Did You Know?
The YMCA Movement is supported by a number of cross-party ‘Parliamentary Patrons’ – MPs and Members of the House of Lords who actively know of, and follow, our work with vulnerable young people throughout the UK.