A LEADING Labour politician has described her visit to a homeless shelter in Bolton as a “humbling” experience.

Helen Jones, the shadow minister for home affairs, visited the supported accommodation centre for homeless young mums and their children in Darcy Lever to see how charity Caritas is helping them in their time of need.

She met with the service managers and young mums benefiting from the project, which lost its funding last year.

Ms Jones commended Bolton Council and Caritas Diocese of Salford for what they are doing to help young mums.

She added: “The support offered by this wonderful service is second to none.

“Not only does it look after the needs of those women who have sadly found themselves homeless, it also reaches out to women who have experienced all kinds of trauma in their lives.

“It was humbling to listen to the stories of those women who have used the service. While it was very sad to hear of the awful circumstances they found themselves in, it was wonderful to see how they had benefited from the help they had received.

“I wish them all the very best for their futures.”

To find out more about the project visit caritassalford.org.uk