Activities to welcome and integrate people seeking refuge
The team at Caritas Aspire, formerly known as Refugee Education, has always worked hard to provide a place where people can experience a sense of community and belonging, so that everyone can learn about each other’s culture and customs. Supported and facilitated by one of our tutors, we now have weekly cooking sessions for people,
Preparing for Deaf Awareness Week
Deaf Awareness Week will take place this year between 4th – 9th May. Our service, St Joseph’s Mission to Deaf People, has been running for over 90 years.  It had to adapt to respond to the needs of its community during the pandemic, to help them to continue their faith journeys. Now, in preparation for
Easter eggs for everyone
Students and staff at St Monica’s Catholic High School in Prestwich chose to adopt Caritas Salford as their Lenten charity this year, holding a Raffle to win an Easter Hamper, and raising £150.06 for our St Joseph’s Penny Appeal.  Students and their families also collected over 300 Easter Eggs for our homelessness drop-in centre in
Caritas Connecting Older People
The partnership between Caritas Connecting Older People and NEPHRA welcomed 102 people to a wonderful early Easter gathering over lunch this week in Manchester. Accessing funds from Manchester Local Care Organisation (MLCO)’s Social isolation fund, we were able to subsidise the cost of the meal and also help with transport costs, to help those that
Spirit of Manchester Awards
We are thrilled that Amanda Croome has been selected to judge the Spirit of Manchester Awards this year. These awards celebrate the work of thousands of voluntary organisations, community groups, charities and social enterprises in Manchester.  It’s important to recognise, support and encourage volunteers and local voluntary action, especially as it has such a positive
Caritas Cornerstone re-opens following refurbishment works
We’re delighted that, following extensive works to improve our facilities including new shower rooms (included a dedicated room for those needing mobility assistance), a welcoming reception and café space, Cornerstone Day Centre on Denmark Road, Manchester has re-opened from Monday 14th February with a new service timetable. Each weekday, Monday – Friday, there will be
Placing Act of Kindness in the local community
During Advent, children at St Brendan’s R.C. Primary, Harwood, Bolton have been busy putting together some small bags – Act of Kindness Bags – to include some goodies. The school’s young chaplains decided to raise money through a cake sale and then make up these small bags to be placed around the community.
Sharing love with children they’ve never met
Lara and sister Beatrice recently helped their Mum to gather various much-needed items for a collection for the refugees who recently came to our country from Afghanistan. Mum told their teacher, “Both girls are so aware of helping out others who are struggling and really wanted to make sure the children had some lovely toys
Reaching out with love to our brothers and sisters
The children at St Joseph’s R.C. Primary School, Ramsbottom have – for the sixth year running – chosen to reach out with love to our brothers and sisters.  The school GIFT team launched the appeal during morning assemblies.  During Advent, each class collected different items, tinned food, pasta, pasta sauce, toiletries, which have been donated
Christmas Opening Hours
As we journey towards Christmas and the end of another challenging year for those experiencing poverty, isolation or crisis, Caritas Salford remains committed to providing for anyone in need throughout the Christmas period. Click here for a list of Caritas services open during the Christmas holidays and their opening hours. Please note that our administration
St Edward’s making others feel #LOVED this Christmas
Over the past four weeks, pupils and staff at St Edward’s RC Primary School in Oldham have been collecting items in a ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ activity.  For example, on day one, families were encouraged to donate soap or shampoo; on another day, to bring in tinned stews.  All of the items were then collected yesterday
DiSAN organisations – a strong voice for those we serve
This week, DiSAN member organisations met to hear an update from Dr Emma Gardner, Diocesan Head of Environment, on what COP 26 means on a practical level for our charitable organisations. The meeting took place on Tuesday 14th December with seventeen organisations represented. Emma’s presentation was followed by an introduction – by Fr Paddy Duffy
Toy Appeal for Christmas 2021
This year, the wonderful Toy Appeal  has supported over 9,000 children with toys for Christmas.  The Caritas Schools’ Service referred over 1,000 of these children. However, in the last week before Christmas, there are always additional children and families who need help at the last minute. This is where our incredible parishes and supporters
Bury – Christmas Day Dinner
We will be offering a free Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day from 1pm until 3pm to those in need. Delivery service, takeaway and a drop-in cafe available. Bury Parish Church Hall # The Rock (behind the church), Bury To order a meal for someone, please telephone 07855 306 074. To pay for someone’s meal, please
New senior leaders join Caritas team
The team at Caritas Salford is delighted to welcome two new senior managers.  As part of the ongoing restructuring to meet our new strategy as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, we are pleased to welcome Amanda Croome as the new Head of Homelessness and Craig Savage as new Head of Social Action. Amanda joins
The proposed Nationality and Borders Bill
This week, MPs in Westminster continue to debate the proposed Nationality and Borders Bill.  The Catholic Bishops Conference, our national Caritas network and many other charities have expressed serious concerns about this legislation.  You can download the statement here. To learn more about how you can welcome and protect refugees in our own communities, please