Local MP Caroline Flint met members of the St Peter’s Mothers' Union, Warmsworth, this week to hear their views about families in adversity.
Right: Caroline with Sheila Barnes and Rev Ian Smith
Said Branch Co-ordinator Sheila Barnes, : “It was great to meet Caroline and to have such a good discussion. One of the objectives of the Mothers' Union is to help those whose family life has met with adversity; and we know that every day Caroline Flint is helping families that are facing real difficulties.
"Caroline’s experiences of dealing with economic hardship, drug and alcohol related problems and many other issues that beset families, made her talk very interesting. Our members were impressed by Caroline's understanding and sensitivity.”
Said Caroline: “I was given a wonderful welcome by local members; and really enjoyed the two hours we had discussing the problems that families face in my constituency.
“Whilst I would be the first to say that the Government and local councils should help and support families facing difficulty, there is no substitute for a strong family. Today’s families are finding life very challenging. Many are caring for children and elderly relatives at the same time alongside managing problems of changing jobs or losing hours or pay. MPs see some of the very worst cases; from family breakdown to child neglect and domestic violence.
“I was impressed that the Mothers' Union felt this was an important issue to debate for their parish and it was a pleasure to meet their members.”