Catford VYG help out at Forster Memorial Park

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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Catford VYG help out at Forster Memorial Park

Many good things were rolled up together recently, when the Catford branch of the Victory Youth Group (VYG) took part in a big clean up at Forster Memorial Park in Lewisham.

Not only were the 10 VYG members making their annual contribution to the local community through their ‘We Care! – Youth Engagement’ initiative, but the weekend was also about the legacy of Jo Cox MP who wanted to make the world better by bringing people together. The result was a cleaner and tidier park for the community to enjoy, and people from all parts of the community got chatting.

We Care! – Youth Engagement is a project whereby VYG performs an annual an act of kindness for its community, and this often has an environmental slant, such as cleaning off graffiti, litter picking a community area, or gardening.

It was a very hot day but this didn’t stop the VYG as they are a hard working motivated group, and were happy to work alongside other local groups.

Cllr Alan Smith, cabinet member for growth and regeneration and deputy mayor of Lewisham said: “The event in Forster Memorial Park today bought together a diverse group of people to help clean up a local park but more than that it got people talking to each other, people from all parts of our community.

“It was good to see the young people from VYG getting stuck in to pulling up nettles and moving some inconsiderately dumped fly tip alongside a group of Lewisham police cadets and many local residents. This was just the first of many such events in the park and the VYG will be more than welcome to come and help again.”

His colleague, Cllr Mark Ingleby added: “It was very encouraging to witness this further element of youth involvement – from VYG – in the process of improving Forster Memorial Park for the whole community, and I want to thank everybody involved for their efforts and on-going participation in the exciting plans being explored at present to improve it.”


Notes to editors

UCKG is a Christian church and registered charity that offers a range of practical support activities alongside spiritual support and comfort. It reached the UK in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, providing support and spreading the Christian faith through its branches in England and Wales.

VYG is the youth arm of the UCKG HelpCentre, and works to help young people develop their full potential. VYG started in the UK in 1996 and has been growing steadily ever since. Over 1,300 young people attend VYG meetings every week, sharing sessions that include practical teaching, fun and spiritual development.

For further information please contact the UCKG HelpCentre Press Officer via e-mail on or direct line 020 7686 6033, or call the PR consultant on 07867 510909.

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