for Youth Clubs
THE 30,000-strong National Federation of Catholic Youth Clubs is to have headquarters in a new office in London. The Federation is also expected to appoint a lay national organiser in the near future, following consultation with the Ministry of Education.
The new office is to be in the settlement buildings at St. Anne's. Vauxhall. London. This news was announced by Mgr. Edward Mahony, chairman of the Federation, at the first-ever conference for priests in youth club work held at County Hall, London, last week.
A national survey to establish the number and nature of the youth clubs affiliated to the Federation is also to be made before the Federation's general meeting in October.
Miss M. Hardwick, a Principal of the Youth and Adult Services branch of the Ministry of Education, told delegates that the LCC was ready to provide salary grants for part-time youth club leaders, as well as for • " peripatetic " leaders who would look after several clubs meeting once or twice weekly.
The conference approved the Federation's recommendation that where non-Catholic membership of youth clubs was permitted by diocesan authorities, it should not exceed 10 per cent. of the total.
Other speakers included Lady Albemarle, Mr. R. Keeble, Principal Youth Officer for the County of London. and Fr. Vincent Whelan, no-author of " Youth and You ".