Caritas

Education

 Love in Action

 

All that Caritas does is based on Catholic Social Teaching or CST for short. This is often not well known and is sometimes referred to as the best kept secret in the Catholic Church. For parishes or groups wanting to learn more about CST but  more importantly set up social action project in their area a great resource is the Love in Action program from Caritas in Westminster. This program includes a wealth of freely available and well prepared materials that allows a method of looking at six aspects of CST leading to setting up social action projects. 

 

In our diocese the Love in Action program has been run in the St. Colman's parish and St. Paul's parish, Cosham, with great success and has led to parishioner getting more involved in the parishes' outreach activities. 

 

For more information get in touch with Caritas or look up the materials at the following Caritas Westminster webpage: https://www.caritaswestminster.org.uk/love-in-action.php

 

Its a great way for parishes who are looking to be more outward looking and help those in need in their surrounding areas. 

 

 

 

Schools Dragon’s Den project - Diocese Wide
The Caritas Dragon’s Den project is run every year in both Primary and Secondary schools and exists to encourage schools to think up a social action project which they then present at a competition. Winners receive a financial prize to implement their project. Already running for several years the project has been a great success and has encouraged schools to engage in their local community in areas of social need. Project ideas are many and wide ranging and can include:

- Visiting local care homes to offer befriending

- Homeless projects

- Cleaning up the local environment

- Prayer gardens
- Foodbank collections
- Fundraising for Caritas or other local charities

 

Mentoring support is available from the Catenians for project implementation. If you school is interested in getting involved get in touch with Caritas or contact the project coordinator, Gerry Penfold at: gerry.penfold@yahoo.co.uk
Other Schools Projects - Diocese Wide
As we want schools to be fully engaged in the overall Caritas mission and to be reaching out to those in need, we would be most  happy to come and talk to your school about social action and offer opportunities for you to be more involved. This could be participating in one of our existing projects or running your own school project to help those in need. Or it could be a simple school fundraising event. With statistics telling us that a third of school children have no idea what a refugee actually is, from this example we can see that there is a need to increase awareness.
We will be adopting a badge scheme for those who participate in Caritas projects so to learn more just get in touch with:
Catherine Knight: cknight@portmouthdiocese.org.uk 

 

 

Contact

 Get in touch with Kevin Gallagher via email at: caritas@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

 

Mailing address: Caritas, Administration Offices, Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth, PO1 3QA

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