The Cardinal Hume Centre has appointed Paul Goggins, Member of Parliament for Wythenshawe and Sale East, as the new Chairman of its Board. As a former National Director of Church Action on Poverty, he has a clear understanding of the issues facing homeless young people.
The Centre based in Westminster provides a home for 32 young people and plays a vital role supporting local people in need with a range of services from an OFSTED nursery to a jobs club, skills training and housing and immigration advice.
“I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to chair the Board of the Cardinal Hume Centre. It is a beacon of hope for homeless young people and so many others, supporting them in finding somewhere to live and a job that can help them get on. The emphasis on training and education is at the core of what the Centre does.
“All the signs are that the demand for its services will increase as the number of young people without a home and families in need continue to rise. The Board will do all it can to support the staff at the Centre and make sure they have the resources to continue carrying out their excellent work,” said Mr. Goggins.
While in Government Mr. Goggins served for two years as the minister for Prisons and Probation. As Minister of State in Northern Ireland he had responsibility for policing and security and was closely involved in the Peace Process. He is a qualified social worker whose first job was with the Liverpool Catholic Social services – now the Nugent Care Society – and is married with three adult children.
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