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Looking Back: Help For Young Scots in London

From March 1973


The Church is considering the appointment of two full time social workers to cope with an alarming increase in the number of homeless young Scots in London. They would work in co-operation with a proposed hostel and other agencies.

The Rev Keith Steven, Secretary of the Moral Welfare Committee said: “The Moral Welfare Committee believes that it has a responsibility to care for those young Scots who have left Scotland because of unemployment, bad housing, lack of adequate social facilities and in some cases personal problems, and who are homeless and at risk in central London.

The Church of Scotland congregations in London - St Columba’s and Crown Court - are involved in discussions with the Moral Welfare Committee and other voluntary agencies on how best to tackle the present situation.

The cost of such a scheme as the Moral Welfare Committee envisages would be in the region of £5000 per annum which would depend on funds being made available from sources outside the Kirk.


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