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Modern Slavery Awareness Day Roadshow
Volunteers from Caritas Diocese of Salford on Saturday 16th October rode the Freedom Bus from Clitheroe to Preston to support the activities of PLASP – the Pan Lancashire Anti-Slavery Partnership.  An information stall alongside the bus parked outside the Cenotaph in Market Square, which was staffed by volunteers from Hope for Justice, Caritas and Homes
Reducing isolation for older people
Our weekly events continue for older people living north of the city centre in Manchester. Post lockdown, it is even more important to come together to reduce isolation and ill health.  With due care, our in-person activities are beginning again for the More Club.  Pictured – members play a game of bowls at Whitemoss Community Centre.
Preparing to Welcome Little Amal
‘The Walk’ with *Little Amal will reach Manchester, the final destination of an epic 8,000km journey from the Syria-Turkey border, on Wednesday 3rd November.   “It is because the attention of the world is elsewhere right now that it is more important than ever to reignite the conversation about the refugee crisis and to change the
Community Sponsorship Welcome
12th October 2021 Caritas Diocese of Salford is absolutely thrilled to announce the safe arrival of a Syrian family today, re-settled as part of our Community Sponsorship Programme.  This is the first family to arrive since the pandemic. We are so grateful to the amazing group of volunteers from the Parish of St Mary and
Obituary for Sister Margaret Morgan FMSJ
Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of SISTER MARGARET MORGAN FMSJ who died at Franciscan Convent, Burnley on Friday 8th October 2021 From 1962, Sister Margaret worked for Catholic Children’s Rescue Society (now Caritas Diocese of Salford), caring for children and their families for the next 48 years.   Margaret Morgan was
Sister Lucy Dunne FMSJ – Retirement from Cornerstone Day Centre
 Sister Lucy Dunne FMSJ – Retirement from Cornerstone Day Centre “There are good people who need us. For some of them this is the only family and connection they have. Just taking the time to listen to people is important.” Sr Lucy Dunne. It is with incredible gratitude that we give thanks for the ministry
Removal of £20-a-week Universal Credit
Today’s removal of the Universal Credit £20-a-week uplift will push 840,000 people into poverty – 290,000 of these are children. Families are telling us that this will mean a decision between paying essential bills and buying food for their family, especially at a time of rising energy prices. Baroness Stroud of @LegatumInst said low-income families
Caritas Bishop’s Fund
Applications from head teachers, parish priests and Caritas team members only please. The Caritas Bishop’s Fund is currently available for families facing challenge or crisis: perhaps due to illness or unemployment, the ending of the Universal Credit £20 uplift or job insecurity and the ending of the furlough scheme. Please note that the purpose of this
Camino to COP26
Camino Coat of Hope arrives in Clitheroe Members of faith communities and well wishes including parishioners of Our Lady of the Valley gathered today to meet the Caministas who are walking to COP26. Yesterday, the Caministas – a multi-Faith group of about 35 pilgrims – arrived at St. Mary Magdalene’s Parish Hall. They are travelling
Big Sleep Out
Thanks to all participants and supporters (some pictured) of our recent Big Sleep Out, whether you took part at Xaverian College, at home or in school.  So far, you’ve raised £15,632 at the time of writing.   Next year, we’d like to organise lots of these to take place on the same night across the Diocese! 
Support for the homeless
To develop and expand our response to those affected by homelessness across the diocese, we are presently restructuring our leadership team to include a focused post.  To support and sustain our work at the Caritas Cornerstone Day Centre in Manchester, we were pleased to be joined by Bishop John, members of the clergy and religious
A new home for central services
We’ve relocated office staff from the Cathedral Centre in Salford to a single base in Caritas House, Collyhurst, Manchester, which we hope will become a new home for those interested in learning more about social problems affecting people in our communities.  You can still reach us on our usual telephone number 0161 817 2250, but our
Caritas Saint Joseph’s – tackling isolation and loneliness
Most of us have been feeling isolated and lonely at some point throughout the pandemic especially the elderly. The past 18 months have been difficult for those who have had no access to technology or an understanding of this. The majority of the older people have been socially isolated as well as digitally isolated. This
World Day of Migrants and Refugees Sunday 26th September
Towards an ever wider “we” is the theme chosen by the Holy Father for the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. “We are all in the same boat and called to work together so that there will be no more walls to separate us, no longer others, but only a single ‘we’, encompassing all of
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