Faith in Action – mothers’ group supports vulnerable mums-to-be

L-R: UCM President Betty Martin, secretary Christine Vass, and Teresa Clements.

The Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM) in the parish of St Ambrose in Kidderminster is a lively, welcoming group at the heart of the community.

During Lent, members of the UCM showed their generosity of spirit by supporting Father Hudson’s Care’s ‘Welcoming the Stranger’ initiative, which supports refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants.

Teresa Clements, Newcomer Co-ordinator at Father Hudson’s Care, said, “The UCM members responded positively and practically to the needs of newcomer mothers-to-be through their inspiring Catholic Social Action. The members knitted beautifully made warm baby clothes. They also bought many essential items for new babies and women going into hospital to have their babies. Their solidarity with destitute mothers-to-be at a time of hardship and anxiety will bring new hope for them and enable their babies to thrive.”

The UCM’s donations will be given to Brushstrokes Community Project to sustain their valuable work with newcomer women in Sandwell and Birmingham.

Run by Father Hudson’s Care, the ‘Welcoming the Stranger’ initiative works with parishes across the Archdiocese, enabling them to develop their own services for refugees and migrants.

Union of Catholic Mothers

The Union of Catholic Mothers meets fortnightly on Monday evenings. They come together to pray, fundraise, socialise and help the parish. Find out more on St Ambrose’s website.

Brushstrokes Community Project

Based in Sandwell, Brushstrokes provide practical support and advice to refugees and migrants across Sandwell and West Birmingham. Learn more about their work on their website.

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