Newsletter

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
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
…because we all need to know we are #LOVED
This week, we have been on the lookout for stories that demonstrate that there are people going out of their way to think about others…because we all need to know we are loved.  Please share these on social media and perhaps tag someone you know that makes you feel #LOVED. These children at Corpus Christi RC
Caritas Ambassador Training
Since the beginning of this academic year, Caritas Salford’s Catholic Social Teaching Trainer, Kath Ansley, has visited twenty two of our diocesan schools to train and inspire a new generation of social justice activists.  As a result, we’re delighted that over 150 new Caritas Ambassadors are Putting Love into Action in their local area. Caritas
Our incredible volunteers!
Thank you to all those who were able to provide their support in sorting donations received by Caritas Salford over the past few weeks.  We are so grateful.   Around 25 people stepped up to volunteer their time and were able to help. NO FURTHER HELP REQUIRED. Volunteers intending to go to Eccles to help sort
Double the Donation – Twice the impact
Leigh-based business, Corptel, pledged a match fund pot of £10,000 to Caritas  – the principal social action charity of the Diocese of Salford – on Giving Tuesday, to help them raise funds for their Advent Appeal. Last month, Caritas launched #Loved, a campaign to highlight their work supporting families, refugees and young parents in the
Children raise £300 for Caritas in their Reindeer Raffle
Mason and Gracie (pictured) have raised £300 for Caritas in their Reindeer Raffle. The children – age 8 and 6 – are part of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Salford. This year, Mason asked if they could hold a raffle to raise money for Caritas Salford. When asked why he chose Caritas, he said
Remembering loved ones at a Mass of Remembrance
  Fr Ged Murphy, Episcopal Vicar for Caritas, celebrated our annual Caritas Remembrance Mass at St Ann’s RC Church, Stretford on Friday 26th November 2021. The Book of Remembrance was placed before the altar and Fr Ged read out the name of each person for whom the Mass was being offered.  There were over 100