Scottish Parliament recognition for parish youth initiative lottery award

A motion has been lodged at the Scottish Parliament in support of St Lucy’s parish Youth Zone team following an award of £9840 from the Big Lottery Fund.

The Cumbernauld parish, which sits on the very edge of the Archdiocese of Glasgow, recently celebrated three years since the birth of its Youth Zone initiative and it seems to go from strength to strength. Well done to all involved. The full text of the motion is included, below.

It’s important that we, as Catholic parishes, do not think twice about contacting local MSPs or MPs to let them know about the great work being done at parish level. It’s very easy to draw attention to some of the bigger projects and initiatives, but the positive community work being done at a more local level all too often fails to make any impact, certainly at a political level. But this need not be the case. That is why the Catholic Parliamentary Office will be taking forward a new initiative to try to encourage Catholic parishes in Scotland to engage with local politicians to, firstly, inform them about parish work which is of benefit to the community and, secondly, to extend an invitation to those politicians to attend parish events.

Here is the Parliamentary motion:

‘That the Parliament congratulates St Lucy’s Youth Zone from St Lucy’s Catholic Church in Cumbernauld on being awarded £9,480 from the Big Lottery Fund; appreciates that the funding will be used to support children, young people and their families in the parish community and the wider Cumbernauld area by providing opportunities to participate in community events, such as family social nights, fun days and outings; commends the work of the volunteers for their efforts in reaching out to the whole community in a spirit of inclusivity, and wishes the group every success for the future.’