Newsletter

The extent of Homelessness across Salford Diocese
Caritas Salford supports people experiencing – or at risk of – homelessness all year round through services and accommodation in Blackburn, Bolton, Bury and Manchester. Ahead of our annual Big Sleep Out fundraising event next month, we have collated the figures to see the extent of homelessness in each of the local authority areas covered
Caritas launch summer campaign highlighting extent of child poverty in the diocese
228,855 children living in poverty across Salford Diocese* Caritas Diocese of Salford (‘Caritas Salford’) is today calling for urgent action, following new figures which show almost a quarter of a million children in the Diocese living in poverty. The charity, which is launching its Summer Appeal by sharing the shocking extent of child poverty in
Manchester Italian Association’s historic Madonna del Rosario Procession
This year, for the first time, Caritas Salford was honoured to be invited by Manchester Italian Association to take part in their historic Madonna del Rosario procession, which took place on Sunday 3rd July.  Until the pandemic and apart from the First and Second World War years, the procession has taken place annually for 132
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 https://thetoyappeal.com/  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