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About Caritas Salford

Who We Are

Caritas Diocese of Salford is the official charity of the diocese, which reaches from Didsbury to Clitheroe. Our vision is that the lives of all people should be free from poverty, disadvantage and discrimination. Our purpose is to help the most vulnerable children, young people and adults in our communities to transform their lives and fulfil their potential.

What We Do

Our service areas, as seen below, range from professional services commissioned by Local Authorities to volunteer-led community projects that enable communities to get involved in actively helping and shaping their neighbourhoods. Through our services we aim to rapidly and effectively help children, families and vulnerable adults live fulfilled and happy lives, and to advocate for the rights of those who are not seen or heard.

What We Believe

We draw on over 100 years of experience in supporting vulnerable people in the North West as well as Catholic Social Teaching to inform our beliefs on charity and justice. Whilst our values and rights are applicable to all people, we place particular emphasis upon them in relation to those who are most vulnerable


Latest News & Events

Action for Life on Earth 2021 NJPN conference
Our former Director, Mark Wiggin, recently represented Caritas Diocese of Salford at the Action for Life on Earth 2021 Conference of the National Justice and Peace Network of England and Wales (NJPN), held 23rd -25th July at Swanwick. It attracted 200 participants from every diocese. Caritas and the Diocese of Salford played an important part
St Peter’s Recipe for Social Justice
The pupils of St Peter’s RC Primary, Newchurch have kept in regular touch with us this year to let us know how they have been putting Caritas In Action, from sending letters to residents in their local care home to make sure they are not lonely to caring for our Common Home by litter picking
Ice Academy programme
The dignity of work has been a critical principle of Catholic social teaching. At Caritas Diocese of Salford, we believe that work is an essential part of our human dignity and everyone has the right to participate. We’ve teamed up with our friends at The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network (TERN)—a group of dedicated, pioneering social activists—to
Announcement: New Director Caritas Diocese of Salford
The trustees of Caritas Diocese of Salford are pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick O’Dowd, as its next Director, appointed to succeed Mark Wiggin, who retires after 11 years of service in July. Patrick is a graduate of Manchester University and a post-graduate of the Cass Business School, London. Since February 2020, he has

Our services

The Caritas Lalley Centre and Community Allotment
The Lalley Centre offers a service that aims to bring together schools, parishes and the local community with Caritas in an area of considerable social deprivation
Morning Star Hostel
Morning Star Hostel is for single homeless men aged over 35, particularly those sleeping rough, and/or those with alcohol issues, who have a connection to the Manchester area.
Caritas Schools’ Service
A commissioned Social Work and Therapy service for schools
Adoption Support Service
We provide services to people who have been involved in the adoption process through Catholic Children’s Rescue Society.
St Joseph’s Befriending Service
St Joseph’s Welfare Centre in Collyhurst supports vulnerable, isolated older people living at home in North Manchester
Cornerstone is a day centre providing services to adults facing a wide range of social issues including homelessness, poverty, social isolation, poor mental health, drug and alcohol addiction
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