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Cold Feet star in emotional film sharing the stories of Manchester’s homeless
A moving new film narrated by Cold Feet star John Thomson tells the stories of three people who have been helped out of homelessness. Caritas, the official charity of the Diocese of Salford, supports more than 1,500 homeless people every year, helping them to get back on their feet, find a home and regain hope
Salford – A Living Wage City!
Salford is the first place in England to get formal recognition for its ambition to become a Living Wage City. The Living Wage Foundation recognised the city under its Living Wage Places scheme on 11 November, 2019. On the eve of the formal announcement it was therefore fitting that the Rt. Rev John Arnold, Bishop of Salford concluded the Living Wage Foundation
Bishop John’s speaks about World Day of the Poor
“Stretch out your hand to the poor”. Sirach 7:32 To mark this year’s World Day of the Poor on Sunday 15th November, Bishop John has recorded a special message to remind us all of the calling we have to help improve the lives of the most needy in our own communities. Click on the link
Caritas & Diocese of Salford Support Real Living Wage Campaign
Living Wage Week is the annual celebration of the Living Wage Movement and this year runs from 9th – 15th November. To mark the occasion, a series of online events are being held with key speakers, including Bishop John Arnold and other leaders from across our region in a webinar entitled: Rebuilding with the Living
Covid-19 – Continuing our support to those in need
Updated  3rd November, 2020 Love does not end in lockdown Covid-19 Caritas Response – Continuing our support to those in need Caritas Salford provide essential support to those of all ages who are affected by poverty, vulnerability and lack of a home or insecure accommodation across Greater Manchester and Lancashire. The presence of Covid-19 (coronavirus)
Bishop responds to tragedy of four deaths including two children after migrant boat sinks in Channel
Bishop Paul McAleenan, Chair of the Office for Migration Policy at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference said responded today to the tragedy of four deaths including two children after migrant boat sinks in English Channel.  ‘All who value human life, whatever their position on migrants and refugees, will be united in sorrow following yesterday’s tragedy in
Love does not end in lockdown: Safe ways to keep supporting your community.
The pandemic has forced many changes in society, including the way that we raise funds to support the charitable activities of Caritas.  We are pleased to update our guidance on how you can get involved in a safe and ‘Covid-secure’ way, while still supporting those who are most vulnerable in our communities. Head of income
Anti-Slavery Day – 18 October
Anti-Slavery Day, 18th October, provides an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery, and encourage government, local authorities, companies, charities and individuals to do what they can to address the problem. To mark Anti-Slavery Day the Caritas Freedom Bus, developed and designed Our Lady of the Valley parishioners Clitheroe, Lancashire in the Diocese of
In Plain Sight ~ How Caritas Salford is taking radical action to eradicate the hidden crime of Modern Day Slavery
Sunday 18th October is Anti-Slavery Day which was first marked back in 2010 as a result of a Private Members Bill – the Anti-Slavery Day Act. It provides a much needed opportunity to remind everyone – government, local authorities, organisations, communities, families and individuals – that we all have a responsibility to look for and
World Homeless Day – Homelessness and the impact of Covid-19
Caritas staff reflect on the impact of Covid 19 on the homeless in our area Lack of suitable housing and access to safe, permanent and secure accommodation is a social problem which is deep rooted and complex to resolve.  Many of us have some experience of seeing rough sleepers in city or town centres; desperate,
World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2020
106th World Day of Prayer for Migrants and Refugees Sunday 27th September This Sunday sees the International Day of Migrants and Refugees.  Pope Francis has invited us to consider the theme of ‘Forced like Jesus Christ to flee’ reminding us that the Holy Family were also victims of forced displacement. Message and prayer from Pope
BBC’s Manctopia inspires charity walk
A Stretford-based property sales director is donning walking boots with a friend and walking 20 miles on Friday 18 September, to fundraise for a homeless charity after watching the BBC property series – Manctopia: Billion Pound Property Boom. Peter Howarth and his friend of 20 years, Pat Burke, are fundraising for Cornerstone, a homeless centre
The Season of Creation
The Season of Creation is an important opportunity to reflect upon our relationship to each other and to the earth that sustains us. There is no doubt that throughout the world global warming and climate change are adding to the poverty of millions of people and we know that if we don’t change our ways
International Day of Charity
The UN has designated 5th September, the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, International Day of Charity. This is an opportunity to raise awareness, and to recognise the value and contribution volunteers and charitable organisations make to the local, national and international relief of poverty. For us here at Caritas Diocese of Salford, ‘charity’
Caritas Diocese of Salford to close Fostering Service
After over 60 years of service to vulnerable children, Caritas Trustees have decided the time has come to close this element of their children and family services. Caritas has applied to Ofsted, the regulating body to close by the end of September 2020. Caritas Diocese of Salford Fostering Service was established in 1956 under Home
Imagining a world without homelessness
On Friday, 10th July we held the Cornerstone Big Sleep In to raise money for our flagship service on Denmark Rd, Manchester. The Cornerstone Big Sleep Out has become a highlight in the Caritas fundraising calendar, where people come together each year to sleep out of doors in solidarity with those who have no choice